Newsletter                                       August 2019
Greetings from the Library Director
There is still time to sign-up for the Concord Free Public Library's (CFPL) annual summer reading program, "A Universe of Stories" which ends on August 23. More than 500 readers and pre-readers have registered to date and their accomplishments will be celebrated at an ice cream party on August 13. Please join us at either library location.

The polls are now closed and the winner of our community naming of CFPL's new outreach bicycle is . . . "Book Bike." Please stay tuned for the debut of this innovative new outreach service later this summer.

CFPL is currently recruiting for a new Curator for the William Munroe Special Collections. During the interim period, until our new Curator begins, the hours for Special Collections will be Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Whenever possible, please schedule research visits in advance.

Enjoy the summer months.
                                  ----------- Kerry Cronin 
Concert on the Lawn Series
Concert on the Lawn Series will present one more concert on the front lawn of the Main Library in August. Free admission and open to all. Bring a chair, a picnic supper, and bug spray and enjoy the outdoor music! Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Lawn
Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids' music, and that just might be true. They've released six albums and played well over 2,000 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago. Winner of the prestigious Parents' Choice┬« and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor.

* The rain location is the Concord Recreation building (Hunt Gym), 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA. 
Adult Programs
Author Talk: Daphne Kalotay, author of Blue Hours*     
Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library 
A mystery linking Manhattan circa 1991 to eastern Afghanistan in 2012, Blue Hours tells of a life-changing friendship between two memorable heroines. Author Daphne Kalotay is the author of Calamity and Other Stories, which was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize. Her debut novel, Russian Winter, won the 2011 Writers' League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the long list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and has been published in twenty-three foreign editions. Her second novel, Sight Reading, was a Boston Globe bestseller, a finalist for the 2014 Paterson Fiction Prize, and winner of the 2014 New England Society Book Award in Fiction. 

Author Talk: Pat and Tammy McLeod, authors of Hit Hard
Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.    
Main Library
Life hit Pat and Tammy McLeod hard when their son Zach collapsed on a high school football field - he had sustained a severe brain injury. Hit Hard is the true story of the McLeods' journey through ambiguous loss - both having and not having their son. It's the story of a family who faced unexpected heartbreak, a story that offers us all glimpses of how we can pick up the pieces, redefine expectations, and find hope in the midst of unresolved pain. Pat and Tammy McLeod serve as Harvard Chaplains for Cru, an interdenominational Christian ministry. Tammy is also the Director of College Ministry at Park Street Church in Boston. 
Mindful Yoga and Wellness with Be Well Be Here
Yoga for Strength and Empowerment
Thursday, August 29, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Lawn                 
Join Be Well Be Here for Yoga for Strength and Empowerment. Many of us seem to be under the impression that yoga is all about flexibility, but not entirely. It's about mobility and strength! Come find out what it means to be strong in yoga through this core-empowering practice that explores the steadiness required to soften into flexibility. This is yoga for EVERY body! 
Mindful Meditation and Creativity   
Saturday, August 31, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library 
Join Be Well Be Here for Mindful Meditation and Creativity. As summer wanes and fall begins, the mind and body can spin with transitional energy. Step from the whirlwind and discover your personal way to reflect and settle. Experience flow through meditative exercises that invite you to let go, reside in the present moment, and allow your creativity to flow. 
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
Tuesday, August 13, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
Please join us for the Tuesday Book Discussion Group to read and discuss Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk to check out. All are welcome.  

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 14, 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 Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast, by Brian Yarvin, The British Table, by Colman Andrews, Real Irish Food, by David Bowers and Outlander Kitchen, by Theresa Carle-Sanders Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. [ Register]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, August 19, 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, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, are available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.    
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, August 21, 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, Indian Pipes, by Cynthia Riggs , are available at the Branch to check out.
Children's, Teen and Family Programs 
Rocket Workshop with the Museum of Science*  
Monday, August 5, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join the Museum of Science for an exciting workshop building air rockets! In this workshop, audiences create an air rocket that launches across the room, and then engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. For children and families ages 5 and up. Advance online registration is required, beginning July 1. [ Register] *Please note: this program uses latex balloons.

Read to Luna
Tuesday, August 6, 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]

Teens Teach: Solve a Rubik's Cube
Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Main Library 
Have a blast learning how to solve the world's most famous twisty puzzle.  Elizabeth, a local teen, will teach you how to solve a Rubik's Cube in a series of steps! If you can master these steps, you can solve the Cube anytime, anywhere! We will provide the Cubes and instructions. For grades 6-12. Space is limited.  Registration is required.  [ Register ]

Mindful Baby Yoga*
Wednesday, August 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Develop a more mindful connection with your baby through gentle movement, deep breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and mindful games. Recommended for babies under 2 years of age with their caregivers. Advance online registration is required for the series. [ Register ]

Create Your Own LED Bookmark

Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Main Library
We'll walk you through the process of designing a felt bookmark that lights up!  Play with cutting-edge technologies and learn sewing, programming, and circuit design along the way.  For grades 6-12.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*
Friday, August 9 & 16, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)       
Friday, August 23, 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.

Beede and Books 
Monday, August 12, 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.

Summer Reading Ice Cream Party* 
Tuesday, August 13
Main Library - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Come celebrate your success in the summer reading program with a free ice cream! The event at the Main Library runs from 2-3pm and the event at Fowler Library runs from 3-4pm.

Chocolate and Canvas*
Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Library 
No previous art experience necessary!  You choose and trace the design you'd like to paint, and we'll provide the art materials, plus chocolate to eat.  Everyone will be able to take home their own masterpiece. For grades 6-12. Space is limited. Registration is required. [Register]

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
August Drop-In Tech Help
Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, August 2 & 16, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lobby
Stop in with any questions you may have about your mobile devices, laptops, or Library's eBooks, etc.  Open to all.
Shakespeare on the Lawn
The Winter's Tale by Shakespeare, directed by Mike Haddad 
Saturday, August 3, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 4, 5:00 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn

Join the Concord Players on the Main Library's front lawn for an outdoor performance of The Winter's Tale. Free admission. No registration required. 

For library lawn performances: A limited number of chairs and open space will be available, but bring a lawn chair for guaranteed seating and comfort. If you like, bring a snack or beverage (alcoholic beverages are not permitted). In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved to 51 Walden.

For 51 Walden performances: Chairs are provided (no snacks or beverages in the hall). A talkback will be held after the show.
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