Newsletter                                September 2017
Greetings from the Director    
Welcome back to all families who recently returned to Concord after vacations.  It was a busy summer at the Concord Free Public Library.  Congratulations to the 321 participants of the 2017 Build a Better World Summer Reading Program who collectively read a total of 223,846 minutes.  Building on the success of that program, the children's librarians will be offering the 101 Picture Books CFPL Loves Program for children ages birth to five years with special fall story times featuring the recommended titles.   
Tech Tuesdays will also return on early release days to teach kids Minecraft, Lego Robotics, Stop Motion Animation, and 3D Design & Print among other STEAM related skills.  We are also pleased to offer a 2nd year of Girls Who Code for girls in 6th - 12th grade.  An information session for interested participants will be held at the Fowler Branch Library (1322 Main Street) on September 27th at 7:00 p.m.   
A special literary train trip for families is planned for September 23rd in honor of Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial anniversary the details for which are included in this newsletter.
Please note the Main Library has expanded weekend hours and Sunday service will resume from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on September 10th.  
                                     Best wishes,
----- Kerry Cronin  
"Concord, which is my Rome": Henry Thoreau and His Home Town : Lecture Series
"Concord, which is my Rome" programming continues in September with lectures by two prominent Thoreau scholars.  Both lectures are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda. They are free and open to the public.  All are welcome. 
"I think I could write a poem to be called Concord": Thoreau Expresses the Inexpressible."   
Saturday, September 16  
The Lecture will be given by Elizabeth Hall Witherell, the editor-in-chief of the ongoing Thoreau Edition, published by Princeton University Press.
The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years
Saturday, September 23
Robert Thorson will discuss his new book with the same title.  Thorson is a Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. 
Upcoming Guided Gallery Tours with Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson:
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m.

If you would like to request a tour, please contact Special Collections staff at 978-318-3342.
Adult Programs
Financial Freedom Workshop: From Debt to Financial Freedom  
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.  
Main Library 
Join financial freedom coach Julie Morgenlender for a presentation in which she will discuss tips for ending the stress of debt and becoming empowered over your money. Open to all.  [Register]

Author Talk: Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott
Thursday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. 
Main Library 
Elise Hooper's debut novel, The Other Alcott, conjures the
fascinating, untold story of May Alcott-Louisa's youngest sister and an artist in her own right. Open to all. [Register]

Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
September 12, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Main Library, Trustees' Room
We will read and discuss A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are  welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, September 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Check out a copy of The Apple Lover's Cookbook, by Amy Traverso or Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors, by Diana Henry, at the Circulation Desk, pick a recipe, and prepare it for the program. We will sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what did not, and select future cookbooks. Advance registration is required. [ Register]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, September 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Library
Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join the discussion. Copies of this month's title, Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal, are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.
All Aboard to Fitchburg!
In honor of the bicentennial anniversary of Henry David Thoreau's birth, the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Museum, the Massachusetts Center for the Book and the Fitchburg Public Library have planned a fun family event for Saturday, September 23, 2017. 

Families will gather at the train depot at 80 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA at 11:00 a.m. in order to catch the 11:25 a.m. train to Fitchburg.  Onboard participants will learn about train safety and enjoy local author Sally Sanford's reading of her book, Henry and the Huckleberries. Upon arrival staff from the Fitchburg Public Library will welcome Concord guests at 12:11 p.m. and lead them to an area park to read a StoryWalk┬« of D.B. Johnson's Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, create a journal, and enjoy some blackberry ice cream.

The fun will continue when Fitchburg families join Concord families on the inbound 2:05 p.m. train to Concord to participate in hands-on activities at the Concord Free Public Library.  A short walk will bring families to the historic Main Library at 129 Main Street, Concord, MA for highlights that will include weaving natural materials and working on the journals.  We will bid our Fitchburg friends good-bye as they leave for home on the 4:05 p.m. train. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the round-trip train ride is free to all!  Snacks will be provided, but families are encouraged to pack a lunch. Advance registration is required.  [Register]
Tech Tuesdays

Empow Studios will return for more Tech Tuesdays at the Fowler Branch and the Main Library! This series is open to kids in grades 4 through 6. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Lego Robotics
Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
W ork as a team to create robots that walk, talk, drive, and play music. [Register]
Tuesday, September 19, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
G rab a pickaxe for a workshop of fun Minecraft challenges . [ Register ]
Stop Motion Animation 
Tuesday, September 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Main Library
Learn how to create animation. [Register]
3D Printer Workshop: Make Your Fidget Spinner (Taught by ToysInBox)  
Tuesday, November 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for more info.  
More Children's Programs
Toddler Time  
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and play! This interactive storytime is designed for busy toddlers and their caregivers. No sign up required. For children ages 2 & 3 and their caregivers.

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan   
Fridays, September 8 & 15, 10:00 a.m .
Fowler Branch
Friday, September 22, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan. Families are invited to enjoy this family friendly concert sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

101 Picture Books CFPL Loves
The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is launching a fun, exciting, and free program to start your child on the right path to learning. Any child ages birth to five years can participate. [ Read More]
September Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Commonwealth eBook Collections 
Wednesday, September 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
Learn how to use the Commonwealth eBook Collection, a new service available to Concord residents. Open to all. [ Register]

How to Buy and Sell on Craiglist   
Wednesday, September 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lower Level Meeting Room
In this one hour class we will demonstrate how to sign up for a Craigslist account and how to buy and sell on Craigslist. Open to all.  [ Register]
Drop-In Tech Help at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Mondays, September 11 & 25
Friday, September 22
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices,  laptops and/or Library's eBooks etc.  Open to all.
Consumer Reports Online
Are you interested in reading product reviews and ratings from the comfort of your own home? You can access Consumer Reports online from home with your Minuteman/Concord Library Card! provides ratings and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products under the categories of Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, Money, and Food. 

Click here to access Consumer Reports online free of charge. You will be asked to enter your Minuteman/Concord Library Card number.  Access is limited to Concord residents only.
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