Newsletter                                        July 2018
Greetings from the Director 

There are many activities for residents of all ages to enjoy at the Concord Free Public Library this summer. Children and teens are invited to join the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program.  Participants will receive prizes in recognition of their reading accomplishments. 

Be sure to take a picnic dinner and come enjoy one of our outdoor concerts on the lawn sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  The Concord Players will also return to the Main Library with outdoor performances of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar during the weekends of 7/28 - 7/29 and 8/4 - 8/5.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.  Have a happy 4th of July.

                                         ----- Kerry Cronin 
Music on the Lawn Concert Series
Music on the Lawn concert series will feature two music groups in July. 

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Lawn
Lenny Gomulka is an American musician, singer, bandleader, composer, and publisher. His twelve-time Grammy Award Nominee band Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push will perform Polish-style and Chicago-style polkas.  
Fellswater Scottish Band
Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Lawn
Fellswater is Boston's dynamic Celtic music ensemble. They play a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada.
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the concerts are free and open to all.  (Rain Location:  Hunt Gym, 90 Stow St., Concord, MA)  
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
July 10, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Main Library, Trustees' Room
We will read and discuss The Dubliners, by James Joyce.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are  welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, July 11, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Let's celebrate Bastille Day! Check out a copy of Around my French Table, by Dorie Greenspan 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, July 18, 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 Crow Trap, by Ann Cleeves, are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.
Children's and Family Programs 
Don't forget to join the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program! Click here to sign up.

Beede and Books
Monday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beede Center, 498 Walden St, Concord
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.

Laughter in the Library: a hilarious family concert
with David Polansky

Monday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Join award-winning songwriter and musician David Polansky for an exciting and hilarious musical performance for the whole family.

Read to Luna the Yellow Lab
Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Looking for Love? Read to Luna. She's a great listener! Luna is part of the Pets and People Foundation, Inc. Sessions are 15 minutes long. Registration is required. [Register]

Storytime Yoga with Instructor Ann Vigne*

Thursdays, July 12 & 19, 10:00 a.m.
Main Library
Yoga instructor Annie Vigne will lead a yoga practice where kids will retell stories through dramatic movement and playful yoga postures. This free program is open to children ages 4-7 years old.  Please bring your own mat. Registration is required.  
[Register for July 12] [Register for July 19]

Paint on Slate with Artist Kristina Joyce*
Monday, July 16, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
A Workshop of painting on slate tiles with Concord artist Kristina Joyce. Ages 12 and up. Registration is required. [Register]

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, July 13 & 20, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, July 27, 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.

Basic Cake Decorating Workshop*      

Monday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Kids age 10 years and up are invited to learn the basics of cake decorating with Chef Dan Charbonneau from the culinary department of Minute Man Technical High School.  Chef Dan will lead a workshop on the basics of cake decorating and participants will decorate a small cake.  This popular workshop requires registration. [Register]

Origami with Michael LaFosse*       
Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Learn origami with origami master Michael LaFosse
You will learn shapes based on this year's summer reading club theme, Libraries Rock! The free program is for kids age 8 years and up as well as for adults interested in the fun art of origami.

* Click here for a complete list of Children's Programs at both libraries. 

*= Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  
Shakespeare on the Lawn
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Saturday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 5:00 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn
Join the Concord Players on the Main Library's front lawn for an outdoor performance of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's epic political tragedy, where the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. No registration required. 
July Classes & Drop-In Tech Help
Introduction to Library Digital Media
Wednesday, July 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Main Library
In this one hour class we will present an overview of all the digital media services the Library offers to Concord patrons - OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla, RB Digital, and new streaming services such as Kanopy, New York Times Digital and Tumble eBook for Kids. Free and open to all. [ Register]

Photoshop Elements 101
Wednesday, July 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Main Library
We are pleased to offer a new computer class to our patrons. In this Photoshop Elements 101 class, we will demonstrate the basics of Photoshop Elements. Free and open to all. [ Register]
Drop-In Tech Help
Friday, July 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (NEW)
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.
Did you know? Services for the Visually Impaired
The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) has a number of excellent resources and services for visually-impaired patrons. For example, CFPL has 3,400 large print books and 3,300+ audiobooks/digital audiobooks in its collection. In addition, braille books for children are available to borrow through the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), while additional titles for adults and children are available from the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library. The MLN also has 2,000+ DVDs with described audio.

Additional resources include: reading glasses, a magnifying glass, a CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) magnifier, a large print keyboard, and a computer with Kurzweil text-to-speech software at the Main Library and the Fowler Branch. The Library also provides "Direct to You" home delivery service for visually impaired or home-bound patrons who cannot visit in person.
New at the Library! New York Times Digital
New York Times Digital is now available to all patrons of the Minuteman Library Network libraries. This free service includes unlimited article access on library computers, as well as on home computers and mobile devices via promotional codes. Create an account or log in at using a library computer, or click here to redeem a promotional code for remote access. [View details]
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