Newsletter                                         April 2019
Poetry at the Library

Poetry and Lyrical Essays: An Afternoon with DeWitt Henry and Dzvinia Orlowsky         
Sunday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.       
Periodical Room, Main Library

Dzvinia Orlowsky, award-winning Ukrainian-American poet, and DeWitt Henry, founding editor of Ploughshares and award-winning novelist and lyrical essayist, will read from their recently launched collections - books that adroitly intertwine the language of prose and poetry in voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind. Orlowsky's strikingly intimate Bad Harvest "stakes her claim to an oeuvre, her own territory in American letters...Grounded in the funkiness of family love, marriage, the body in time, [her poems] turn to face history-our contemporary vortex, and the nightmares of Eastern Europe in the 20th century." - D.Nurkse

DeWitt Henry's Sweet Marjoram: Notes and Essays is a collection of "original, wise, and sparkling" chapters including Weather, Folly, Handshakes, Empathy. "In his precise and luminous prose, he maps our contemporary consciousness, noting our psychic landmarks, our moral architecture, the roads we take to the things that matter." - Richard Hoffman

A free event with light refreshments sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Music from the Library
An Evening of North Indian Classical Music with Ken Zuckerman, sarod    
Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.       
Main Library Lobby

The 22nd season of Music from the Library Series continues on April 28 with an evening of North Indian Classical Music with Ken Zuckerman, sarod, and Nitin Mitta, tabla. 

Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, has also been called " of the world's most eclectic masters of improvisation."

Please note that this performance will take place on a Sunday. 
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to use the Sudbury Road Entrance. Advance reservations are required. [Registration starts on 4/14]

A free event with light refreshments sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Adult Programs
Author Talk: Christopher Castellani
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.  
Periodical Room, Main Library
Christopher Castellani will discuss his new book, Leading Men, an expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy. It is a New York Times "Book of the Times" Selection and an IndieNext Pick for February 2019. 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. 

Thoreau's Indian Stride: a talk by Brent Ranalli  
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
Periodical Room, Main Library
In this talk, local historian Brent Ranalli discusses Henry David Thoreau's fascination with all things Native American, and the odd fact that at least three contemporaries said the Concord philosopher walked like an Indian. The talk presents the results of research into the actual biomechanics of traditional Native American and Euro-American walking styles and their cultural significance, as well as a reconstruction of Thoreau's own gait based on literary sources. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. 

Soap Making Workshop with Garine Arakelian

Saturday, April 6, 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us to create a unique glycerin based soap. After the class, you can take your soap home, remove it from the mold the next day and use it! For Ages 17 and up. Advance registration is required on our website. [Register]

Merci Suarez and Me: The Newbery Experience
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join Fowler Branch Librarian Stephanie Rivera for a discussion of her experiences in serving on this year's John Newbery Award Selection Committee. The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The committee selected Merci Su├írez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press, as the 2019 winner. Open to all ages. Children are encouraged to attend. 

Dr. Ronald Mayville and the Molasses Tank Failure of 1919 
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.   
Periodical Room, Main Library
Dr. Ronald Mayville, a Senior Principal at the structural engineering firm of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, has spent many years looking into what caused the failure of the molasses tank that created one of the worst disasters in Boston history.  Dr. Mayville will share his explanation of why the tank failed, and the lessons as a result of this disaster.  All are welcome.
Mindfulness Matters Series
Mindful Read and Be Well during National Library Week
Saturday, April 13, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Main Library

Reading heals us! Join Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here for a literary conversation that explores reading as a mindful wellness practice. How does reading help us untangle struggles in our own lives? How do stories enhance our understanding of human nature, increase empathy, and lead to shifts in perspective? We'll look at aspects of bibliotherapy, and discuss why reading not only relaxes the ruminating mind, but sparks joyful human connection. 
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, April 9, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
We will read and discuss A Gentleman in Moscow,   by Amor Towles. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are welcome.

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, April 10, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Check out a copy of the selected cookbook at the library, pick a recipe, and prepare it for the program. We will sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn't, and select future cookbooks. This month's book titles are Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent and The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book by Antony Wild. Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. [ Register]
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, April 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Fowler Branch
Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join the discussion. Copies of this month's title,  The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey, are available at the Branch to check out. 
Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Debra's Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Ave.
The Library is teaming up once again with  Debra's Natural Gourmet for a book discussion, which will take place at Debra's at 98 Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord. Copies of this month's selection, Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.   
Children's and Teen Programs 
Beede and Books
Monday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beede Center, 498 Walden St.
The Beede Center of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library have teamed up to bring you stories and a swim. Meet at the Beede Center lobby for a storytime at 11:00 a.m. and then enjoy a swim in the Kiddie Pool until noon. This free program is perfect for children age three years and up.

Poetry Tuesdays
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 25, & 30, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
April is National Poetry Month! Join us each Tuesday in April for a poetry storytime and poetry activities.  This is a fun way to learn about the magic of words led by poet Cary Stough. Ages 0-10

Middle School Teen Advisory Board (TAB)   
Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Grades 6 - 8. Do you like books, games, crafts, sharing your ideas, taking surveys, food, or just hanging out with your friends? If so, this group is for you! Each month we will do a different activity.  We will eat snacks and play a game or do a craft.  You will also take home a free book! [Register

Read to Luna the Dog
Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Read to a good listener who loves stories! Sessions are 15 minutes long. Please register. This event is for children ages 5+. [Register]

Achieve in School with Less Stress 
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library, Periodical Room
Presented by Jessica Finnegan of DIY Homework, this workshop is an introduction to research-based study skills. The workshop will include techniques to increase test scores with less stress, tips for making effective study tools, ways to avoid procrastination, and an overview of planning for projects and tests. Students in grades 6-12 and their parents are welcome to attend.  Registration is required.  [Register]

DIY Magnetic Poetry Kit
Sunday, April 7, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 6 - 12.  Celebrate National Poetry Month by making your own magnetic poetry kit!  Supplies will be provided; just bring your creativity.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

DIY Flickerbugs and Blinky Bugs
Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Grades 6-8.  After constructing some simple insects, we'll use LEDs and batteries to make them glow!  What new bug can you create?  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Book & Cookie Club
Thursday, April 11, 4:00- 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Enjoy cookies and fun activities as we discuss the newest books for kids in this monthly book club! The book discussed this month will be Cardboard by Doug TenNapel. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

Duct Tape Creations  
Tuesday, April 16, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Duct tape wallets, bracelets and more! Create what you would like with our supplies and how-to guides.  Space is limited.  Open to Grades 6-12. Registration is required. [Register]
Monday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*
Friday, April 12 & 19, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)       
Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. (Main Library) (New Time)
Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan. Families are invited to enjoy this family friendly concert.

Teen Book Chat at Caffe Nero 
Friday, April 26, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Caffe Nero, 55 Main Street
Grades 8-12. We will meet and discuss what we have read in the cozy comfort of Caffe Nero on Main Street. Your first coffee/hot chocolate beverage is free, thanks to their generosity! Choose to read either: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell or Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Copies of the books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please register so we can plan for special snacks! [Register]

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
New! Click here to sign up for the library's new Teen Newsletter. 
April Computer Class
Introduction to MS Excel 2016
Wednesday, April 24, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Come learn how to use the new features of Excel 2016 such as the "Tell me what you want to do?" function, Forecasting, PivotTables, new charts and more! [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, April 5 & 19, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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.
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