Newsletter                                           June 2019
What's next at the Library?: A Community Conversation 

Residents of Concord and surrounding communities are invited to envision the future of the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) over the next five years with Library staff, fellow patrons, and consultant Jay Vogt. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library (1322 Main Street Concord, MA).
Communities are changing, technology is advancing rapidly, and individuals and families are looking for options to explore new ideas and broaden their knowledge. Participants will be invited to brainstorm ideas for future services, offer feedback on current services, and learn how others in the community see the CFPL continuing its journey to be the library of the future.

Open to all. Please register. [Register]
Annual Book Sale
Join us for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's Annual Book Book Sale Green Sale on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The proceeds from the Book Sale will fund library programs, museum passes, eBooks, print and audio-visual materials, and staff professional development. (Rain date: June 8)
Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading Registration and Launch Party
Launch Party: Saturday, June 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library Lawn  ( Rain Location: Children's Room)
Children and teens of all ages are invited to register for the 2019 Summer Reading Program beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. To register, visit or click here. This year's program is titled " A Universe of Stories" and will feature space-themed programs and events throughout the months of June, July, and August. The Launch Party will feature  the Alderaan Base cosplayers who will be dressed as characters from a galaxy far, far away, as well as  themed snacks.  Beginning with the launch on June 15, the summer reading program runs through August 23. 
Adult Programs
Feasting on Grain Bowls: Cooking Demonstration and Tasting
Monday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.  

Fowler Branch
Liz Barbour, author of Beautifully Delicious, will demonstrate how to create nutritious grain bowls. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two recipes and samples. Registration required. Registration starts May 13th. Ages 17 and up. [ Register]

Author Talk: Marjan Kamali
Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Author Marjan Kamali will discuss her new book,  The Stationery Shop, a beautiful and timely exploration of devastating loss, unbreakable family bonds, and the overwhelming power of love. Open to all.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
Tuesday, June 11, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
Please join us for the Tuesday Book Discussion Group to read and discuss The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk to check out. All are welcome.  

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, June 12, 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 Super Tuscan: heritage recipes and simple pleasures from our kitchen to your table, and Extra Virgin, both by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazur, and Franny's: simple seasonal Italian, by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens and Melissa Clark. Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. [Register]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, June 17, 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, Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI, by David Grann, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.    
Book-A-Mystery Discussion
Wednesday, June 19, 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, Black Diamond, b y Martin Walker, are available at the Branch to check out.
Children's and Teen Programs 
Ice Age Animals
Saturday, June 1, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Come for a fun-filled exploration of your favorite Ice Age mammals! After a short presentation on what the world was like back then, you'll get to excavate a charm from an ice block, do fun crafts, and much more! For ages 8-13. Advance registration is required. [Register]

CCHS Student Study Day
Sunday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 9-12.  The Library belongs to Concord-Carlisle High School students from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.  We will have a variety of snacks and quiet spaces available for study all day and evening.  Please register so we will have enough food! [Register]

Beede and Books
Monday, June 3, 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.

Middle School Teen Advisory Board (TAB)   
Tuesday, June 4, 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Sanborn Middle School, 835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord
Grades 6 - 8. Do you like books, games, crafts, sharing your ideas, taking surveys, food, or just hanging out with your friends? If so, this group is for you! Each month we will do a different activity.  We will eat snacks and play a game or do a craft.  You will also take home a free book! * Please note that this event is taking place at Sanborn Middle School, at 835 Old Marlboro Road. [Register

Read to Luna the Dog
Tuesday, June 4, 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]

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

Friday, June 28, 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.

Dotted Sharpie Mugs 
Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Come design and decorate a mug using a Sharpie patterned dots. We'll provide special long-lasting Sharpies and one mug per participant. Feel free to provide your own blank mug if you'd like to make more than one. For Grades 6-12. Space is limited. Registration is required. [Register
Monday, June 24, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Turn your imagination on, and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children. Due to the nature of the program, late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament
Tuesday, June 25, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Have you unlocked the entire roster and found your main yet? If so (or even if not), come compete against the best Ultimate players in your area at our Concord Free Public Library Smash Ultimate Tournament! One Up Games is hosting an official Smash Ultimate tournament at the Fowler Branch. Tournament entry is free and you do not need to be a library member to attend. Friendlies begin at 2:00 p.m., official tournament brackets start at 2:30 p.m. We will have pro and GameCube controllers available, as well as GameCube adapters. Players are welcome to bring their own controller. For Grades 5-12. Registration will begin soon.  
Star Wars Escape Room 
Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
You are invited to... Escape the Library! Can you find the missing light saber before time runs out? Children grades 4-8 can sign up for an Escape Room session and race the clock to find and solve all the puzzles within 40 minutes. You and your friends are our only hope! Call Fowler Library at 978-318-3350 starting June 1 to register for one of these sessions: 1:00 -1:40 p.m., 2:00 - 2:40 p.m., 3:00 - 3:40 p.m., or 4:00 - 4:40 p.m. 

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
June Computer Classes
Photoshop Elements 2018: Photo Editing
Wednesday, June 19, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Learn the basics of photo editing and manipulation using Photoshop Elements 2018 in this one-hour class. Students will learn about adjusting saturation, contrast, and similar elements of basic photo post-production, how to convert color photos to grey-scale, how to "burn" and "dodge" digitally, cloning and removing items from the background of a photograph, and more. Please register. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, June 7 & 21, 10:30 - 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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