Newsletter                                         March 2019
Greetings from the Director    

The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is pleased to provide many new initiatives, programs, and services in March.

The Library just launched its Library of Things, a non-traditional collection of items for patrons to borrow that includes audiovisual equipment and digital media creative tools, science and technology gadgets, and educational toys for young patrons. CFPL encourages patrons to explore the collection and welcomes feedback from the community on this dynamic new service.

The Library also plans to host two Public Forums on March 6 and March 20 at the Main Library, where the community is invited to join Library Corporation Trustees to learn more about the Library's exciting expansion plans.

Finally, the Library is proud to partner with Concord's Open Table the last week of March to provide a Food for Fines program, where patrons can eliminate their overdue fines in exchange for food donations.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.

                               Best wishes,

                                         ---- Kerry Cronin
Public Forums
Public Forums on Library Expansion          
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Periodical Room, Main Library  
Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  
Trustees Room, Main Library

The Library's role in Concord is diverse and dynamic, while free and open to all.  Input from a broad range of stakeholders and over five years of planning have resulted in a design that will flexibly serve the needs of our community for generations to come, while preserving our cherished, historic spaces.

Join the Concord Free Public Library Corporation Trustees to learn more about the Library's exciting expansion plans.
For more information on the expansion project, visit 
Poetry from the Library
Devotions, Elegies, Celebrations
Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.       
Periodical Room, Main Library

Noted poet Joan Houlihan reads from her 5th collection, Shadow-feast - a Japanese ceremony-inspired chronicle of her husband's dying - poems praised for their "distinct unflinching devotions to the realities of what we rarely notice and never say." A recipient of a Must-Read distinction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book, she is Founder and Director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.

A classical pianist and multiple award-winning poet, Frannie Lindsay reads from her 5th collection, If Mercy - elegant poems called "a tribute to both 'gone things' and the beautiful that remains...her expansive vision encompasses the animal and reaches toward the divine." "One of our very best contemporary poets," says Terrence Hayes.

A free event with light refreshments sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Adult programs
Lydia : a One-Woman Show by Marla Welsford  
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.  
Main Library
Lydia is a 45-minute play based on the life of Lidian Jackson Emerson, the second wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Based on extensive research of her letters and multiple biographies, it charts Lidian's activism, growth and emotional trials from youth to age 61. It is curated, written and performed by Marla Welsford and directed by Paula Plum. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. 

Soap Making Workshop with Garine Arakelian
Saturday, March 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us to create a unique glycerin based soap. After the class, you can take your soap home, remove it from the mold the next day and use it! For ages 17 and up. Advance registration is required. [Register]

Author Talk: Whitney Scharer    
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.   
Periodical Room, Main Library
A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. All are welcome.
Write-In with Kyra Wilson Cook
Sunday, March 31, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Working on a novel? Drop by the Main Library to write the next chapter of your book (or go ahead and finish the whole thing!) NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison Kyra Wilson Cook will be present to provide in-person support. No registration required. Snacks will be provided.  
Mindfulness Matters Series
Mindful Creative Writing with Lara Wilson
Monday, March 11, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Main Library

Energize the creative force within! Whether you journal for pleasure, dabble with fiction or non-fiction, or hope to publish your work, writing mindfully can move you toward a new dimension of self-expression. In this session, Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here will show you how to tap into your imagination to observe the world with greater inspiration and focus. Discover practices that generate new work, celebrate your authentic voice, and express your ideas with greater confidence.
Friday Flicks @ Fowler - 25th Anniversary
Friday Flicks @ Fowler Series will conclude the season with these award-winning films.  

March 1, 7:00 p.m.  
(USA, Spain 2011)
Fowler Branch 
A fantasy comedy film set in Paris. This story follows a screenwriter, Gil Pender, who travels back in time each night at midnight to the 1920s. Academy Award winner in 2012 for Best Original Screenplay. Writer/Director Woody Allen. 94 min., PG-13
March 15, 7:00 p.m. 
(France/Belgium 2016)
Fowler Branch 
A comedy about a Canadian woman librarian who heads to Paris after receiving a troubling letter from her elderly aunt. As she tries to track down her missing relative, she meets a man and ends up in an unlikely romance. Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon. Some English/French subtitles. 84 min., NR

Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, March 12, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
We will read and discuss The Awakening,   by Kate Chopin. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are welcome.

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Check out a copy of  Soframiz , by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, 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, March 20, 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,  The Dry,  by Jane Harper, are available at the Branch to check out. 
Children's and Teen Programs 
Seuss Day
Friday, March 1, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

Main Library
We are celebrating Dr. Seuss! Come to the Main Library during 10 am - 11:30 am for children from 3 - 6 years and during 3 - 4:30 for children from 6 - 8 years. for some Seuss fun. Enjoy hearing stories, doing crafts and having snacks.

Oreo Cookie Taste-off: The Spring Edition!   

Monday, March 4, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 6-12.  Join us for the ultimate Oreo taste-off in honor of National Oreo Day (March 6). We will have multiple flavors of Oreo cookies on hand to taste and rate, from best to worst flavors. We will provide the cookies (and milk)!  Space is limited.  Registration is required.  [Register]

Middle School Teen Advisory Board(TAB)   
Tuesday, March 5, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
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! [Register

Read to Luna the Dog
Tuesday, March 5, 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]

Bubbles Workshop with Discovery Museum*
Wednesday, March 6, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Fowler Branch
How long does a bubble really last? What color is a bubble? Can you predict when a bubble will pop? Children ages 4-6 will challenge what they think they know about bubbles as they make new observations with the Discovery Museum staff. Advance registration is required. [Register]

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*  
Fridays, March 8 & 15, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, March 22, 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.

Music and Movement 
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Like to shake an egg? Clap to the beat? Wave a scarf? Move your feet? It's time for Music and Movement! Come have fun with music, stories, and simple instruments as we get our groove on. Children ages 5 and under will enjoy this creative monthly program. 

Tech Tuesday: 3D Design & Printing Workshop for Kids
Tuesday, March 12, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
We will use Tinkercad to design and print a small rocket! Class will be taught by Toys in Box Instructors. Open to kids in Grades 4-6. Space is limited. [Register

T(w)een Tech Tuesday: Stop Motion Animation

Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Main Library
Grades 6 - 8.  Now is your chance to play with tech gadgets you have not seen before!  We will try out a different technology each month.  All sessions are hands on.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

Book & Cookie Club
Thursday, March 14, 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 Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden. Copies of the book will be available for check out at the Fowler Library circulation desk. For kids in grades 4 and 5.

DIY Glass Magnets   
Tuesday, March 19, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 6-12.  Create your own magnets using recycled book pages, magazines, or craft paper.  We will supply everything, but you are also welcome to bring your own pictures.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.[Register]
Monday, March 25, 10:00 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. For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, with a caregiver. Limited to 15 children.

Cupcakes and Canvas
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 6 - 12.  No previous art experience necessary!  You choose and trace the design you would like to paint, and we will provide the materials and cupcakes.  Everyone will be able to take home their own masterpiece.  Space is limited.  Registration is required. [Register]

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
New! Click here to sign up for the library's new Teen Newsletter. 
March Computer Classes
Smartphone Photography Parts 1 and 2
Part 1: Thursday, March 7, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Part 2:  Thursday, March 14, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Main Library 
Learn the basics of smartphone photography and sharing your photos on social media. In the first session, we will discuss fundamental photography concepts such as framing and lighting, the technical specs and abilities of smartphones, and post-production. In the second session, we will review best practices for distributing your photos on social media to get more likes, shares, and comments from friends, family, and the larger social community, as well as privacy settings. 

3D Design and Printing Workshop for Adults
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
In this workshop, the instructors from Toys in Box will teach you how to design a  simple 3D object using Tinkercad software and send it to a 3D printer to print during the class. This class is free and open to adults. Registration Required. [ Register]

Introduction to Library of Things
Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
The Library of Things (LOT) is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement the Concord Free Public Library's mission of life-long learning.  The LOT collection includes a film to digital converter, digital voice recorder and an LCD projector among many other educational and DIY items/things. In this one hour class, the Library staff will explain how this collection circulates, how you can borrow them and where to find the instructions/demos on how each "thing" works. Open to all. [ Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Fridays, March 8 & 22, 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.
Food for Fines
From Monday, March 25 - Sunday, March 31 the Concord Free Public Library will partner with Concord's Open Table community supper and food pantry services to offer a week-long Food for Fines Program. This program will enable patrons to eliminate their overdue fines while supporting community members in need. Fines will be waived in exchange for food donations delivered to the circulation desk at either Concord Free Public Library location at 129 Main Street or 1322 Main Street.
Participation in the Food for Fines program is simple. For each non-perishable item donated the library will waive $1.00 in overdue fines. It is important that all donations are sealed and neither expired nor dented. Donations will be applied to overdue fees only and cannot be accepted as payment for lost or damaged items.

Open Table offers the following suggestions based on identified needs: Cereal, soup, stew or chili, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, pasta, rice, grains and vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly or jam, granola bars, cooking oil (small containers), coffee, tea, baking supplies, fruit juice, paper supplies and personal hygiene items. 
Seed Lending Library Grand Re-Opening
Concord Seed Lending Library Grand Re-Opening  
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us as we welcome Rickie Marshall, Farmer/Owner of Marshall Farms to discuss all things farming and gardening! We will have a Q & A and a Seed Swap the last 30 minutes, so please bring your saved seed! 
All are welcome. [Register]
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