Newsletter                                September 2018
Greetings from the Director 

Welcome back to all who recently returned to Concord after summer vacations.  We enjoyed a very active summer at the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL). Congratulations to the participants in the 2018 Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program! This year was the most successful yet - 443 children and teens read a total of 310,663 minutes.  CFPL is proud of all the hard work of the readers, the community, and the Library staff in setting this new record. 

This fall CFPL will be offering a new session of the popular program Girls Who Code. The club, designed to teach girls in grades 6 -12 the coding and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the 21st century, will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 129 Main Street. In preparation for this year's club launch, club facilitators will be holding an information session on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street.  All interested girls at all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

In collaboration with several community organizations, CFPL is pleased to serve as a venue for several literary events during the month of October as part of a bridge year for the Concord Festival of Authors.  Additional details will be forthcoming soon.

Best wishes for an enjoyable fall.
        ------Kerry Cronin  
Adult Book Groups
Tuesday Book Group
September 11, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Trustees' Room, Main Library
We will read and discuss  by Jean Rhys.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library. All are  welcome.

Cookbook Club 
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Check out a copy of Heirloom Cooking or  Baking with the Brass Sisters 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, September 19, 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 Bat  by Jo Nesbø, are available at the Branch to check out. 

Book Discussion at Debra's Natural Gourmet
Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Debra's Natural Gourmet 
The Library is teaming up 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,  My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante, will be made available at both the Main and Fowler Libraries to check out. Please email Debra Stark at to register. 
Adult Programs
Author Talk: Stephen Lane 
Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library Periodical Room
Author Stephen Lane , a teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), will discuss his new book No Sanctuary: Teachers and the School Reform that Brought Gay Rights to the Masses. Mr. Lane will also lead a forum, in which the participants will discuss their experiences. The talk will be followed by a reception. 

Twenty Classic French Films, a Talk by Randall Warniers
Monday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
This one-hour presentation will discuss twenty of the most successful and influential French films from the silent era to the present day, and describe why you should see them. [Register]
Art Jury
The next opportunity to have your work considered by the Art Jury for an exhibit at the Concord Free Public Library Art Gallery is Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Special Collections. Please
visit here for more information if you would like to participate.

Bill Anderson's Concord: A Photographic Legacy Exhibition and Opening Reception
Curated by Kristin Anderson Emerson from a family archive of her father's photographic work, the exhibition will be on display in the Art Gallery from September 4 - October 30, 2018.
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 21 at 6:15 -7:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. to by September 18.
Children's and Family Programs 
Read to Luna the Yellow Lab 
Tuesday, September 4, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
Looking for Love? Read to Luna. She is a great listener! Luna is part of the Pets and People Foundation, Inc. Sessions are 15 minutes long. Registration is required. [Register]

Meet Kyle Bonenfant and Some of His Goats  
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Main Library
Meet Kyle Bonenfant of Fraser Farm Goatscaping. Located in Carlisle, MA, Kyle and some of his goats will be at the Main Library on Saturday, September 8.The visit coincides with the Town's annual Ag Day from 10 am - 2 pm. A special storytime will round out the day.

Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan* 
Fridays, September 14 & 21, 10:00 a.m. (Fowler Branch)
Friday, September 28, 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.

Monday, September 24, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch
Kids from 18 months to five years are invited to 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. Each artist must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 15 children. 

* Click here for a complete list of Children's Programs at both libraries. 
*= Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  
Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People: Kate DiCamillo
The annual Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People will present children's author Kate DiCamillo on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda. The talk will be followed by a reception and book-signing.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to all. Registration is required and begins on September 1. [Register]

The lecture series was created in memory of Leslie Riedel by her family and friends so that young people could meet some of their favorite authors. This year's speaker Kate DiCamillo is an American writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. She is one of six people to win two Newbery Medals, recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses.

Past speakers of the series include children's authors/illustrators David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg, Jerry Pinkney, Lois Lowry, Tomie dePaola, Grace Lin and Katherine Paterson. [View Event Poster]
September Computer Classes
Essential Computer Skills    
Wednesday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Main Library 
Need to brush up or just learn an easier way to get around the computer? Come to our class and learn what skills are necessary to use computers comfortably as well as help you become a more efficient computer user. This will be a hands-on class, laptops provided, based on Windows 7 operating system. The class is geared for the complete novice. [ Register]

3D Design and Printing Workshop for Adults
Wednesday, September 26, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
In this free and hands-on workshop, instructors from Toys in Box will teach you how to design a clip for snack bags using TinkerCad and 3D print it. Each attendee will leave the class with a clip! This workshop is open to adults. [Register]

Drop-In Tech Help
Friday, September 14 & 28, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.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.
Save the Date - Public Forum
Join Kerry Cronin, Library Director and the CFPL Corporation Trustees for a brief presentation and update on the Library's expansion plans. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how the anticipated changes will positively impact programming and meeting space in addition to creating entirely new Children's and Teen areas. 

The public forum will take place on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Concord Town House Hearing Room, at 22 Monument Street. Please contact Marcy Eckel with questions at
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