Newsletter                                          July 2019
Greetings from the Library Director
The Concord Free Public Library's (CFPL) annual summer reading program "A Universe of Stories" will run from June 15 to August 23. Please encourage the children and teens in your life to register for this dynamic space-themed series. As this newsletter indicates, CFPL has a variety of creative summer programs for all family members to enjoy. If you are traveling this summer, please keep the Library's digital collections in mind, as they provide 24/7 access to an extensive collection of audiobooks, ebooks, emagazines, and more that can be easily borrowed at your vacation destination.
After 23 years of service, Leslie Perrin Wilson will retire as Curator for the William Munroe Special Collections. Please join us for an open house to thank Leslie and wish her well on Wednesday, July 24 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Trustees' Room.
Later this summer the Library will launch a new outreach bicycle service that will enable CFPL staff members to bring materials and services directly to you at off-site locations and special events. Help us to name this new service by voting here. 
Best wishes for a wonderful summer.
                                  ----------- Kerry Cronin 
Concert on the Lawn Series
Concert on the Lawn Series will present three concerts on the front lawn of the Main Library in July (and one 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.

Song & Dance Around the Planet with Sagit Zilberman 
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Lawn
The Concert On the Lawn series celebrates world music. This concert is by internationally acclaimed musician Sagit Zilberman who will play numerous instruments from around the world.

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Lawn
This concert is by the father/daughter duo of Christine and Dan Hedden playing lively Celtic music on guitar and fiddle. 

Didgeridoo Down Under
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 p.m. 
Main Library Lawn
This concert is a high-energy variety show which illustrates the Australian didgeridoo which has been played by Aboriginal Australians for the past 1500 years.  

* The rain location for all concerts is the Concord Recreation building (Hunt Gym), 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA.
Farewell Open House For Curator Leslie P. Wilson 
Farewell Open House
Wednesday, July 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Trustees' Room

Join Library staff and fellow patrons in saying thank you and farewell to Leslie Perrin Wilson, William Munroe Special Collections Curator. Drop by for coffee and light refreshments to thank Leslie for her 23 years of service.

The exhibition Curator's Choice: A Personal Perspective on Two Decades of Collection Building by Leslie Wilson is on display in the Art Gallery at the Main Library. Please stop by to see the exhibition before it ends on July 25. Free and open to all. 
Special Collections Lecture
Herbert W. Gleason: A Photographer's Journey to Thoreau Country and Beyond  
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library, Periodical Room

Dale Schwie will give a lecture entitled "Herbert W. Gleason: A Photographer's Journey to Thoreau Country and Beyond." The program is based on Dale's research for his recently published book on Gleason. Schwie will offer a general overview of the photographer's career with emphasis on his Thoreau Country work and the Gleason focus at the CFPL. 
Adult Programs
Author Talk: Valerie Abrahamsen  
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Is there life after death? For three years, Valerie Abrahamsen, ThD, researched four types of evidence of the afterlife: scientific instruments and techniques, near-death experiences, reputable psychics and mediums, and out-of-body experiences. A Harvard Divinity School scholar, Abrahamsen believes that the results of her investigations confirm the reality of reincarnation, karma, and pre-birth decisions as well as show that our deceased loved ones know what we are up to and do not miss out on important life events. Join the conversation to learn how those who have crossed over have ways of communicating that we can access. Discover why the reality of life after death means that our lives in the physical world have deep meaning and intimately impact what awaits us "on the other side." Abrahamsen is the author of Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife.

Letter Writing Social
Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.    
Main Library
Has it been a long time since anything other than bills or junk mail filled a friend or family member's mailbox?  Now it is the perfect time to brighten someone's day with a card or note. Help keep the tradition of handwritten correspondence alive by participating in a letter writing social. The Library will provide a variety of stationery, writing implements, and light refreshments to get you started.  Pick up a pen and let the words flow.  
Author Talk: Apollo Mission Talk with Martin Sandler
Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Martin Sandler, the author of Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything, will speak about the beginnings of the Apollo program and the importance of the Apollo 8 mission in particular as it paved the way for the Apollo 11 moon landing.  This interesting program is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Ages 12+ are welcome.
Mindfulness Activities
Mindful Creative Writing
Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.      
Main Library                     
Tap into the source of your imagination to write with greater inspiration
and focus! Join writing instructor Lara Wilson, MA, founder of Be Well Be Here for a mindful writing session that  sparks your authentic voice.  W hether you write fiction, non-fiction, or journal for pleasure, writing mindfully can move you to a new dimension of self-expression. Discover practices that unleash your creativity and confidence.  Space is limited to 12. Advance registration is required. [ Register
Yoga on the Library Lawn 
Saturday, July 27, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Lawn
Join us on the lawn of the Main Library for yoga. Fun for all ages! Please bring your own mat. 
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
Tuesday, July 9, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
Please join us for the Tuesday Book Discussion Group to read and discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk to check out. All are welcome.  

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 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 Endless Summer Cookbook, by Katie Lee, Summer Food: New Summer Classics, by Paul Lowe, and The Summer Shack Cookbook, by Jasper White.  Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. [Register]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, July 15, 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, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.    
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, July 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, Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter , are available at the Branch to check out.
Children's, Teen and Family Programs 
Legacy of Apollo
Monday, July 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
The Aldrich Astronomical Society will give a talk on the Legacy of Apollo in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing on the moon.  This family-friendly program will take place at the Fowler Library on Monday, July 8 at 7 pm and will include a slide and video presentation along with models of the Command Module and Lunar Excursion Module.
Ages 8 - adult are welcome!

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*
Friday, July 12 & 19, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)       
Friday, July 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.

Teens Teach: Friendship Bracelets
Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Vera, a local teen, will teach you how to make simple friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss.  Make one for yourself and a friend!  All supplies will be provided.  For Grades 5-12. Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library (Children's Room)
The iRobot Company in Bedford designs robots that help people in their daily lives. Come get a closer look at 2 or 3 of the home robots and see how they work.  For kids ages 8+

College Essay Writing 101

Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library
Summer is the perfect time to tackle those college application essays!  Whether you are looking to improve your first draft or simply figure out how to get started, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity.  In this basic workshop, Andrew Coronato of Axiom Learning will address the do's and don'ts of college essay writing, deadlines, and best practices for the writing process.  Students will learn best practices for essay writing and get tips to refine their personal statements for college.  For grades 10-12 and parents. Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Cake Decorating with Dan Charbonneau
Monday, July 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Chef Dan Charbonneau will teach a class on cake decorating for kids ages 12 + at the Fowler Library on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7 pm. Join us as we learn basic techniques to make out of this world cakes. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and is part of the summer programs for teens. Registration is required to account for supplies. [ Register
Space Origami with Michael LaFosse*
Monday, July 29, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Main Library
Origami master Michael LaFosse will lead a workshop on space origami on Monday, July 29 at 7 pm.  Kids ages 8 and up are invited to learn how to make objects under Michael's direction.  Interested adults are also welcome!  This program is part of the summer fun sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Galaxy Creations*
Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Create your own little piece of the universe at this workshop!  We will design galaxy-themed magnets and pendant necklaces to take home.  All supplies will be provided. For grades 6-12. Space is limited. Registration is required. [Register]

Storytime Space Yoga with Ann Vigne*
Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Main Library
Yoga instructor Ann Vigne will lead kids ages 4 - 7 years old in a yoga class with a space theme. Please bring your own yoga mat! [Register]

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
July Computer Classes
Creating and Storing Google Docs 
Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
If you are on the go and need to create a Word document, try Google Docs. It is a free, web-based word processor that is within the Google Suite of applications. All you need to get started is a Gmail account. [ Register]

Computer Class: Cloud Storage - Which One is Right For Me? 
Wednesday, July 24, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
When you have multiple devices you need a storage solution for all those documents and files. We will discuss the different big name cloud storage options and give you the pros and cons of each. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, July 5 & 19, 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
Saturday, July 27, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 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. No registration required. The Concord Players will offer additional performances on August 4 and 5 at 5:00 p.m.
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