Newsletter                                 November 2019
Poetry at the Library
The Far North: Native Alaskan Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane 
Sunday, November 3, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room  
Multiple award-winning poet Joan Naviyuk Kane will read from and discuss her work that explores themes of adaptation and resilience, motherhood, marriage, extended family and its geographical context in her rapidly changing Arctic homeland. In an interview for the New York Times, Kane, who is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary's Igloo, Alaska, stated: "We are losing so many of our elders, and we have just one or two remaining generations of people who grew up with the kind of specific cultural knowledge that gave rise to millennia of Arctic and sub-Arctic inhabitation. I don't want my children or their children to encounter our culture only through anthropology. A lot of my work is written against loss."

Open to all. This free event is sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library
Adult Programs
NaNoWriMo Write-In
Saturday, November 2, 1:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo is for budding novelists to write 50,000 words by November 30. Drop by the Fowler Branch on November 2 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 at the event to provide in-person support. No registration required. Snacks will be provided. 

Author Talk: Erin Almond, author of Witches' Dance
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room
Join Erin Eileen Almond for a discussion of her debut novel Witches' Dance. Erin is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and reviewer. Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Colorado Review, Normal School, Small Spiral Notebook, and on, and The She is a graduate of the UC-Irvine MFA program and Wesleyan University, and a recipient of a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artists Grant. 

Find your Military Ancestors using and Heritage Quest
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Learn how to use the library's electronic genealogy databases and Heritage Quest to search for your military ancestors. Registration required. [Register]

Newbury Court Opening Art Reception
Wednesday, November 13, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Celebrate and view artwork from Newbury Court artists at the opening reception. All are welcome.

Abigail by Gail: A Colonial Experience
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join Gail Hamel as she portrays Abigail Whitney in Abigail by Gail: a Colonial Experience. Abigail Whitney and her family witnessed British soldiers march by their home on the Bay Road in Concord, Massachusetts, in search of ammunition and supplies early in the morning on the 19th of April 1775. How would you feel and what would you do if you had been there? Learn how the men, women, militia, and fife and drum of Concord and surrounding towns played a key role that infamous day. Abigail remained strong but worried as her husband was with fellow patriots at Concord's North Bridge and one of her children went missing. Hear about Abigail's adventures that day to keep her children safe, why the soldiers were particularly interested in searching her home, and what the outcome was for the family, the town of Concord, and the nation.
Mindfulness Series
Reading for Well-Being  
Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room 
Why is reading so good for us? Studies show that reading fiction allows the brain to enter a restful state, which enhances our ability to empathize with ourselves and others. According to an article in The New Yorker, " Can Reading Make You Happier?", "regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers." Lara Wilson, Concord Festival of Authors curator and founder of Be Well Be Here, invites you to discuss "bibliowellness" and the novels that changed your outlook, if not your life. 

Shifting Habits Mindfully
Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room 
Have you tried to start a new habit, but haven't been able to keep at it consistently? In order to live a more fulfilled life and accomplish our goals, it's important to cultivate healthy habits and shed those that aren't working -- with a realistic plan that works! Join Daniel Rodriguez to learn key elements from the NYT Bestseller Atomic Habits by James Clear that will help you develop a personal plan for healthy habits. Discover ways to create new habits that stick, stop habits that you don't want anymore, and follow through with your plan. It may be good to arrive at this session with one particular habit you would like to add (or remove) from your life. 
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group 
Tuesday, November 12, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room
Please join us for the Tuesday Book Discussion Group to read and discuss As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk to check out. All are welcome.  

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, November 13, 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 New England invite: Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons by Kate Bowler, New England Open House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase, and the New England Orchard Cookbook: Harvesting Dishes & Desserts from the Region's Bountyby Linda Beaulieu. Copies of the titles are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. Registration required. [ Register]

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, November 18, 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 This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel are available at both the Main and Fowler libraries.  Please email Debra Stark at to register.    
Book-A-Mystery Discussion 
Wednesday, November 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 Oolong Dead by Laura Childs are available at the Fowler Branch to check out.
Children's, Teen and Family Programs 
The Weekend Writing Studio
Saturdays, November 2, 16 & 30, 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, beginning November 2, 2019. Registration required. [Register for 11/2] [Register for 11/16]
[Register for 11/30]

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Storytime
Monday, November 18, 10:00 - 10: 30 a.m.
Main Library
Join us at the Main Library for a new storytime! A 4-week bilingual (Spanish/English) Storytime and song will be held Mondays at 10 am in the Main Library. This is a great way for kids to be exposed to Spanish and English. The 4-week session will be repeated. 1st session: 10/7, 10/21,10/28, 11/18

Beede and Books 
Monday, November 4, 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.
Tunnel Book Workshop
Tuesday, November 5, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
Time to expand the possibilities of what a book can be! Tunnel books are easy to make, three-dimensional stories that YOU create. Grab your scissors and paper, and let's tunnel! Ages 3-14 welcome. Supervision of those with little craft/scissor experience is suggested .
Read to Luna
Tuesday, November 5, 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] 
Writing Workshop for Teens
Tuesday, November 5, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Main Library
For ages 14 to 18. Get to the heart of your story! Join author and experienced creative writing teacher Lara Wilson to discover new ways to engage with your writing project. We'll explore craft topics such as authentic language, details with impact, meaningful dialogue and compelling characters. What makes your story unique? Can readers inhabit your scenes through their senses? How do you unfold conflict to keep them reading? Your questions and interests drive the conversation. Find your way to follow Emily Dickinson's suggestion to "Tell all the truth, but tell it slant." Be inspired and write on! For writers age 14 - 18. Registration required. [Register]
3D Design and Printing   
Fridays, November 8 & 22, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Main Library
Come create a design for the 3D printer! Learn how to use 3D design software, create a model, and we'll print it later that week. No prior experience with 3D design or 3D printing required (though some computer experience will come in handy): just bring yourself and all your creativity. Parents of new computer users are encouraged to attend. Ages 6-12. Registration required. [ Register for Nov. 8] [ Register for Nov. 22]
Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan*
Friday, November 8 & 15, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)      
Friday, November 22, 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.

Holiday Card & Gift Making Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Library
Grades 4 to 12. It's not too late to make something special for someone in your life this holiday season. The Library will provide a variety of craft supplies and project instructions for this drop-in workshop.  Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Gift wrap will be available for finished items. No registration required.
Be a Mini Monument Maker: Creating Sculptures with Recycled Materials
Saturday, November 9, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
This November the Library will be hosting a month-long exhibit of Shawn Fields's illustrations and inspirations from Monument Maker (Tilbury House, 2019), the new children's biography about Daniel Chester French written by Linda Booth Sweeney. Children are invited to view the illustrations from Monument Maker and then create a sculpture with recycled materials. 

Middle School Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Tuesday, November 12, 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. [Register]
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Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join the  Third Grade BookEaters  for a special spooky book club in November. We'll talk about mysteries and scary sure to bring a favorite mystery or scary story to share. Enjoy a fun activity and snacks that will make you scream!

Be a Mini Monument Maker: Creating Sculptures with Clay
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library
Children are invited to view the illustrations from the book Monument Maker and then explore sculpting with clay, one of the mediums used by the famous artist Daniel Chester French.  
Monday, November 25, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Drop in for some creative, open-ended art activities and a story. Wear clothes you don't mind getting messy! For kids ages 18 months to 5 years old with a caregiver. No registration is required, but the program is limited to 15 children. Due to the nature of the program, late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

For a complete list of Children's and Teen programs, click here
November Drop-In Tech Help
Drop-In Tech Help
Friday, November 15, 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.
Save the Date: Holiday Book Sale
Join us for the Friends of the Concord Library Annual Holiday Book Sale in early December! 

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. 
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