Newsletter                               December 2019
Holiday Book Sale

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale!
Friday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This festive sale benefits the work of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, which contributes to the number of programs and high caliber of service that we are able to deliver throughout the year.

The Book Sale will take place in the Lobby of the Main Library at 129 Main Street, Concord, MA. [Sign up to volunteer for the Book Sale]
Little Women Week, December 15 - 22
In anticipation of the Christmas Day release of the Little Women movie, the Town of Concord will be celebrating Little Women Week from December 15 - 22, 2019. This week will feature events themed around Louisa May Alcott while celebrating her book as well as the new movie Little Women by Columbia Pictures and SONY Pictures .

Throughout the course of the week, the Town of Concord, museums, local businesses and the Concord Free Public Library will host a variety of special events for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

Every day throughout the week visitors can stop by the Orchard House, The Home of Little Women; view the newly renovated Gallery at the Concord Museum that features 12 iconic artifacts, including Louisa May Alcott's copper tea kettle; take a 90 minute Little Women Walking Tour; and so much more!  In addition, there are special events that will take place, from a Luncheon Tea with Louisa May Alcott at Concord's Colonial Inn, to special tours of The Wayside, Home of Authors and The Alcotts at Hillside; from Children's Tea at the Concord Scout House and a performance by the Concord Players of Scenes from Little Women.

Click here to view the complete schedule of the celebration. 
Adult Programs
Twenty Classic Christmas Movies and Why They Are Good For You
Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join Randall Warniers for a talk on "Twenty Classic Christmas Movies and Why They are Good for You"! Christmas movies are a wonderful part of the holiday season. This talk and slide presentation will discuss twenty important Christmas movies, many of them popular and well known, and many of them surprise discoveries. The films will include American film classics made in the studio era, early television animations, and selected films from England, France, Mexico, Sweden, and Finland. They all have the same purpose: giving a measure of joy, inspiration, humor, delight, and Christmas spirit to holiday viewers. We won't watch any of the films during the talk, but all are available on DVD, and every attendee will receive a list of the twenty selected films (plus other good examples) for future reference and viewing. [ Register]

Indian Cooking Class with Rita Jamshed Kapadia
Monday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Do you love Indian food? Come learn to make it easily at home! Enjoy learning how to make a very mouth-watering, satisfying and healthy Parsi Dhansak Meal. This two-hour interactive, informative class will unravel the secrets to Indian cooking and simplify the process. The class includes tips on healthy and nutritious Indian Parsi cooking, make ahead tips and tips on how to make these recipes for a dinner party. [Register]
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
Tuesday, December 10, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room
Please join us for the Tuesday Book Discussion Group to read and discuss Much Ado About Nothingby William Shakespeare. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk to check out. All are welcome.  

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, December 11, 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 Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Peter Callahan, and Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park. Copies of the titles will be available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out.  Participants are also welcome to choose recipes from the Food Network   and Taste of Home. celebration of the Little Women Week (12/15/-12/22), we will also have The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family, by Wini Moranville. There is only one copy of this book at the Main Library. If you choose to create a recipe from this book, you are welcome to make copies at the Circulation Desk. Registration required. [ Waiting List]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, December 16, 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,  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah are available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.    
Book-A-Mystery Discussion 
Wednesday, December 18, 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, Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen are available at the Branch to check out. 
Mindfulness Series
The Practice of Presence
Monday, December 9, 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room

Want to truly relax and sleep well this holiday season? Explore simple mindfulness practices that soothe the body, calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. In this session, we'll discuss the power of the pause, the myth of multi-tasking, and the path toward freedom from stress. Join Lara Wilson, founder of Concord's non-profit mindful wellness educational collaborative, Be Well Be Here, to learn ways to integrate moments of mindfulness into daily life. All are welcome!
Children's, Teen and Family Programs 

Read to Luna
Tuesday, December 3, 4:00 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]
Baby Sign Language
Wednesday, December 4, 11 & 18, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Baby sign language lets babies and toddlers communicate their needs to their caregivers. In this program series, your child will learn sign language through songs, stories, games, play and more.  For infants and toddlers, five months through pre-verbal; advance online registration for this series is required. [Register]
Snowflake Folding Workshop with Thy Toeum
Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Have you ever wondered how to make the woven paper snowflakes that decorate the Library each winter?  Kids age 8 + as well as adults are invited to a workshop led by Thy Toeum to learn how to make the wonderful decorations. 
What is a Gap Year?
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Katherine Stievater, a Gap Year Advisor and Founder of  Gap Year Solutions , will explain why Gap Years are growing in popularity and how any student can benefit from a Gap Year. She will explain different Gap Year options and the Gap Year planning process, including how it relates to college planning.  This program is open to all, but is especially for juniors, seniors, and parents.  For grades 11 - 12 and parents. Please register. [Register]
Nutcracker Reading
Saturday, December 7, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Main Library
Members of the Commonwealth Ballet will dance short sets from the Nutcracker Ballet adapted for young children by author Vladimir Vagin.  The colorful dance is perfect for children 3 - 6 years to see dancers up close. 
Kids Gingerbread Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Children in grades 2-5 are invited to decorate pre-made graham cracker houses. Come use your imagination to add colorful candy additions to the buildings. Advance online registration is required, beginning November 7. [Register] 
DIY Gingerbread Houses
Saturday, December 7, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
For grades 6 - 12. Build your best design out of graham crackers and decorate it with candy!  Everyone will be able to take home their gingerbread houses.  We'll provide all the supplies.  Space is limited. Registration is required. [Register] 
Middle School Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Tuesday, December 10, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Fowler Branch
Are you in grades 6-8? Do you like books, games, crafts, sharing your ideas, or just hanging out with your friends?  If so, this group is for you!  We'll do a different fun activity each month. Refreshments will be served. This month's activity: A Holiday Book Swap! Bring a new, WRAPPED paperback teen book, and we will play some fun swapping games at the meeting.  Everyone will leave with a new-to-them book. [ Register
Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*
Friday, December 13 & 20, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)    & 
Friday, December 27, 10:00 a.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.
3D Printing for Teens
Friday, December 13, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 6-12.  Teens! Come create a design for the 3D printer. You'll learn how to use 3D design software, craft your own digital model, and send it to the printer!  No prior experience with 3D design or 3D printing required: just bring yourself and all your creativity. Registration required. [Register]

The Weekend Writing Studio
Saturdays, December 14 & 28, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Main Library
Calling all  individuals  age 10-15. Need a better way to spend your Saturday mornings than cartoons? Join author and our Librarian Assistant Cary Stough this winter for  The Weekend Writing Studio . Explore voice and metaphor as well as learn new and wild writing techniques that break the mold. Writers of all genres and experience welcome.  It takes place every other Saturday at the Main Library. Registration required. [Register for 12/14] [Register for 12/28
Author Visit with Heather Vogel Frederick
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
Main Library
Fans of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series are invited to meet the author, Heather Vogel Frederick, on Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm. at the Main Library.  Come and hear from one of our favorite authors!  Books will be available for purchase for an autograph session.  This is part of Concord's Little Women Week in celebration of the new Little Women movie. 
Alcott-Era Bookbinding 
Tuesday, December 17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Join us in the Children's Room of the Main Library for a bookbinding workshop. Learn from our Library's Book Conservator Luisa Granitto how some books were made in Louisa May Alcott's time. Kids age 10 - 14 are invited to put into practice what they learn by binding a book of their own. This is part of Concord's Little Women Week. Registration is required. [Register] 

Third Grade BookEaters Book Club
Wednesday, December 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Calling all third graders! Come to the monthly meeting of the BookEaters Book Group. Each month we will explore an area of the Library, do an activity and have fun with our friends.

Noon Year's Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31, 11:00 a.m.
Main Library
Countdown to the New Year with Family and Friends, stories, songs, crafts and fun!
For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
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