Newsletter                                   December 2018
Holiday Book Sale
The 2018 Holiday Book Sale will take place at the Main Library with the following hours -

Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Book Sale will feature thousands of like-new books for all ages, including cookbooks, travel books, coffee table volumes, novels, nonfiction, poetry and a room dedicated to children's books.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the event is open to all. Proceeds from the Book Sale will fund Library programs, materials and staff professional development. 
Concord Academy Singers Holiday Performance
Concord Academy Singers  
Wednesday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.
Main Library Rotunda

Join us for a special holiday performance by singers from Concord Academy. The performance will be about 20 minutes long and will take place in the rotunda of the Main Library. 

Concord Academy Singers is a select vocal ensemble representing the finest ensemble singing at Concord Academy. Students become members of the ensemble by successful audition and invitation of the Music Program faculty. Repertoire performed is highly varied and can range from advanced choral music in foreign languages to a cappella arrangements of popular songs. The ensemble serves as musical ambassadors of the school, occasionally appearing at public events and traveling for outside performances, as well as collaborating with other performing ensembles within the CA Performing Arts Department.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
December 11, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
We will read and discuss selected stories from   by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and four additional Hawthorne stories. The selected stories from Mosses from an Old Manse are "The Birthmark," "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "The Celestial Railroad," and "The Artist of the Beautiful." Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. Please email for electronic copies of the four additional stories, which include "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," "The Minister's Black Veil," "Roger Malvin's Burial," and "Ethan Brand". All are welcome.

Cookbook Club * 
Wednesday, December 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Check out a copy of Food Gift Love, by Maggie Batista, Fast and Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays, by Marlene Sorosky, or Bon Appetit: The Christmas Season , 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. [Event is full]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, December 17, 7:00 p.m.
Debra's Natural Gourmet
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, A Month in the Country
by J.L. Carr, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler libraries. Please email Debra Stark at to register. 

Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, December 19, 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,  The Widows of Malabar Hill , by Sujata Massey, are available at the Branch to check out. 
Adult Programs 
Mindfulness and the Gift of Well-Being
Saturday, December 1, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
Get through the holiday season with less stress? Yes, there is a way! Join Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here for a session on Mindfulness and the Gift of Well-Being. After shopping at the Library Book Sale, drop in to the quiet lower level space for 15 minutes and give yourself a moment of mindfulness. By intentionally pausing, you'll learn to release the conditioned belief that this a stressful time, and refresh your perspective as well as your sense of well-being. Regularly pausing in this way not only benefits your health, it also affects the well-being of those around you. Give you and your loved ones this gift... and take home a practice that honors each moment in the present!

A Farm Grows in Concord: 100 Years of Verrill Farm
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join Steve Verrill, Joan Verrill and Jennifer Verrill Faddoul for a book signing and discussion of their newly published cookbook A Farm Grows in Concord: 100 years of Verrill Farm - Verrill Farm kitchen favorites with a dash of history. The event will be followed by an informal reception featuring food samples made from recipes in the book. Copies of A Farm Grows in Concord will be available for purchase. Free and open to all.
Winter Origami for Adults *
Thursday, December 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Main Library
Lisa Corfman of Rocky Arts Unfolded will teach participants how to make winter-themed origami. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Registration is required. Limited to 15 participants.

There is Hope for Rwanda - A Talk by Carl Hobert *  
Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join author Carl Hobert for a talk on his experiences in Rwanda. Carl Hobert is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he received a BA in Political Science and French. He went on to earn an MA in Spanish, also at Middlebury College, and then a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. At the Fletcher School, Hobert's areas of interest included international security studies, and conflict resolution education, both focusing on work with adolescents and young adults He has taught at Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA) and Boston University, and has worked tirelessly for years to help the government of Rwanda with education reform and youth-focused conflict resolution. Hobert is also the author of "Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet" (Beacon Press). This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Library. 
Poetry at the Library
Poetry at the Library: January Gill O'Neil & Alan Feldman
Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.   
Main Library

January Gill O'Neil
From the external worlds of race and gender to the internal world of family life, O'Neil taps into what is wild and good in all of us in her third collection, ReWilding (2018).  She is the Massachusetts Poetry Festival Executive Director, a Cave Canem fellow, and assistant professor at Salem State University. 

Alan Feldman
"What is good fortune?" asks Feldman in The Golden Coin (2018) -a question answered in poems about youth, conflict, travel, family, love, and the joys and fears of getting old. Winner of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award and the 2004 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, and The Kenyon Review, among others.

A free event sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library
Children's and Teen Programs 
Nutcracker Ballet for the Very Young
Saturday, December 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library
The Main Library is celebrating the magical season of the Nutcracker Ballet with an adapted version of the popular story danced by members of the Commonwealth Ballet. The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin will be read and dancers will perform short dances. This program is perfect for young fans ages 5-7 years old. Free and open to all. 

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) 

Tuesday, December 4, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
All middle schoolers are welcome to join the Teen Advisory Board. The board meets monthly to share ideas about CFPL, eat snacks, discuss books, do crafts, and watch movies.

Tech Tuesday: Photoshop for Kids
Tuesday, December 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
This Photoshop Elements for Kids workshop is open to local students in grades 4 - 6 and will be taught by a library staff member.  Students will learn how to create a sign for their room with their names and/or pictures.  Registration is required. [Register]

Read to Luna the Yellow Lab  
Tuesday, December 4, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Looking for Love? Read to Luna. She is a great listener! Luna is part of the Pets and People Foundation, Inc. Sessions are 15 minutes long. Registration is required. [Register]

Baby Sign Language
Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more. For infants and toddlers from five months old to pre-verbal. Advance registration for the entire series is required, beginning November 1. [Register

Harry Potter Escape Room
Thursday, December 6, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Do you have what it takes to escape from Remedial Potions?  You and your team have 40 minutes to solve the puzzles and mix a potion and make your fair escape!  Everything you need is in the room, it's up to you to solve the puzzles and find the keys. Sign up for a time slot and join an existing team or sign up with your own. For grades 4-8. Advance registration by phone is required. Please call 978-318-3350 to register.

Gingerbread Workshop *
Saturday, December 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Children in grades 2-5 are invited to the Fowler Library to decorate pre-made graham cracker houses. Come use your imagination to add colorful candy additions to the buildings.
Registration Required. [ Register]

T(w)een Tech Tuesday: Fun with Cubelets!
Tuesday, December 11, 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Grades 6-8.  Hands-on workshop.  Cubelets are small color coded cubes that you can magnetically stick together to form simple robots.  Come create!  Space is limited.  Registration is required.  [Register]

Book and Cookie Club
Thursday, December 13, 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 El Deafo by Cece Bell. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

DIY Gingerbread House
Saturday, December 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Fowler Library on Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm to construct their own graham cracker houses.  Build your best design and decorate it with candy! Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, December 14 & 21, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, December 28, 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.

Teen Geek Club
Tuesday, December 18, 3:30 -5:00 p.m.
Main Library
What do you GEEK? Comics, graphic novels, or RPGs? Anime, manga, music, or movies? TV shows or silly YouTube clips? Come hang out with other geeks! We will do a different geeky activity every month. You are welcome to bring your own video games or card games. Snacks will be provided. For Grades 8-12. Registration is appreciated. [Register]

Christmas Storytime
Thursday, December 20, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Main Library
Come to the Main Library at 3 pm to hear a Christmas storytime. Old stories and new favorites will be read and a holiday puppet show will be shown. This is a great way for children age 3 years and up to celebrate the Christmas season.

Special December Event for Teens! The QR Scavenger Hunt

December 26-31, During Library Open Hours
Main Library
Hey, Teens! Do you REALLY know your way around the Concord Library? Bring your smartphone and make sure you have a QR code reader app installed so you can chase the clues. Pick up your first challenge at the Reference Desk. Teens who complete the hunt will be entered into a prize drawing. For grades 6-12. 

Teen Books for Breakfast
Thursday, December 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Main Library
Now's your chance to sample some of the hottest teen books and decide whether you want to read them.  Bring your library card and we'll provide donuts and juice!  Grades 8-12.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Noon Year's Eve Party
Monday, December 31, 2018, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join the festivities at our Noon Year's Eve celebration with crafts, music, and a kid-friendly countdown at noon.

New! Click here to sign up for the library's new Teen Newsletter. 
December Computer Classes
Getting Started with Google Drive - Tips and Tricks          
Wednesday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Learn what Google Drive has to offer. Save documents and pictures to the cloud which gives you access anywhere you are in the world. This class will introduce you to the main features of GDrive as well as how to store, share, edit and create FREE online documents. Registration Strongly Recommended. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, December 14 & 28, 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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