Weekly Updates
April 2 - 8, 2021
Curbside service is available at the Main Library and the Fowler Branch. Please reserve your pickup online or call us during service hours (10 am - 6 pm, Monday through Friday). [Schedule My Pickup]
Virtual Adult Events
Thursday Morning Meditation Series on Zoom
Every Thursday, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Join Be Well Be Here for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the Concord Free Public Library, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to well-being. [Register for April 8 Zoom Link]
Twenty Classic Westerns and Why They Are Good for You
Monday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Join Randall Warniers for a talk on Twenty Classic Westerns and Why They Are Good for You. This talk will use the silent western as a starting point for a discussion of twenty of the greatest classic westerns from 1930 to 1970. Director John Ford and actor John Wayne, of course, are world famous for the films they made together. Others such as directors Howard Hawks, Anthony Mann, and William Wellman, along with actors Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, and Randolph Scott, have also made many classics. A pdf summary of the twenty selected films (plus extra added attractions) will also be sent to attendees for future reference. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Zoom Link]
Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, April 13, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
For April, we will discuss Robert Fagles' translation of The Odyssey by Homer. The discussion will be in memory of our late book club member Ruth Soybel. The Odyssey was a favorite of hers, and she particularly enjoyed the Fagles' translation. Please email bgugluizza@concordma.gov if you are interested in attending the discussion and we will send you the Zoom link.
Author Talk: Leslie Perrin Wilson
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join Leslie Perrin Wilson, the former curator of the Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, for a discussion of her new book "This is the Life": The Diary of Jennie McLeod. The book concerns daily life in Clinton by a woman who lived in the house where Wilson and her husband now live. [Register for Zoom Link]
Book-A-Mystery Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join our mystery book discussion via Zoom. April's title is Who Slays the Wicked by C.S.Harris. Print copies of the title are available at the Fowler Branch for pickup. An eBook of the title can be requested via OverDrive. [Register for Zoom Link]
Films at Fowler Continues in April
Thanks to the strong interest in the Films at Fowler Series, our host Randall Warniers has added two more films for the month of April.

Lourdes (2009)
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. (Discussion date on Zoom)
The film tells the story of a wheelchair-bound woman who comes to the famous city of Lourdes in southwestern France half out of boredom and half out of hoping for a miracle cure. According to Warniers, this film is unlike anything we have seen so far in the Films at Fowler program, it is calmly paced, quietly observational, often funny, and very much in the spirit of the great French master filmmaker Robert Bresson. [Watch the Film on Kanopy]

Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. (Discussion date on Zoom)
Winner of six New Zealand Film Awards and multiple Audience Awards at film festivals, the film is a comedy that tells the story of a rebellious young boy who is placed with foster parents, and who ultimately goes on the lam in the New Zealand bush while authorities search for him. [Watch the Film on Kanopy]

To register for the discussions and receive a Zoom link, please send an email to randall.warniers@gmail.com.

Poetry at the Library Series - Spring Programs
Celebrate National Poetry Month and the light of Spring with poetry that inspires, reaches out to the world, and illuminates our shared humanity. Each one-hour event includes two diverse, award-wining poets who read and participate in discussion and Q & A about their creative process.

Sunday, April 18, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Andrea Cohen reads from her playful seventh collection Everything (Four Way Books, 2021) praised by The New York Times for poems that take us on “long journeys to unfamiliar places.” Publishers’ Weekly notes that “it is the wit that astounds here, and an intelligence that sees the world anew." Cohen directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.

Palestinian American poet-physician Fady Joudah reads from Tethered to Stars (Milkweed Editions, 2021), poems that “reach for the heavens…while remaining grounded in the everyday”, as noted in his recent PBS News Hour interview on how his love for poetry helps him communicate with patients better. Joudah is a Yale Younger Poet, chosen by Louise Gluck, the 2020 Nobel Prize winner, and recipient of The Griffin Poetry Prize for translations from the Arabic. Joudah practices internal medicine in Houston where he lives with his family. 

Poetry at the Library Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Children's, Tween & Teen Events
Jacob Reads
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. on the Library's Facebook Page
All ages
Every Monday, thirteen year-old Concordian Jacob reads a special story from our staff-curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! Can't make the Facebook video premiere at 10? No problem! "Jacob Reads" storytimes will be archived in a playlist, linked above.
Baby Time for Ages 0-12 mos.
Monday, April 5, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hear stories, songs, and rhymes in this gentle half hour story time for our very youngest readers. [Register for Zoom link]
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Monday, April 5, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! [Register for Zoom link]

Writing Games
Tuesday, April 6, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Do you love writing? Games? If so, join us for a writing RPG, a game where you can create your own characters, interact with other participants, and jump into different worlds, in order to write a collaborative story. For tweens/teens ages 10-16. No writing experience required! For more information, contact Madeline at mklein@minlib.net. [Register for Zoom Link]
Story Time with Royce on Zoom
Wednesday, April 7, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes! This is a great way to build early literacy skills. This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join. [Register for Zoom Link]

Virtual Writing Studio
Wednesday, April 7, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Virtual Writing Studio! Open to individuals grades 3-8, or older or younger, based on request. Join resident poet and Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break. Collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging POWERPOINT presentations, etc. No writing experience required. [Register for Zoom link]
Thursday Storytime from Fowler
Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Join Branch Librarian Dorrie for stories, songs, and rhymes. Please register to receive the Zoom link. For ages 5 and under. The same link will work weekly. [Register for Zoom link]

Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom
Thursday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! This event is for children ages 5+. Register for your own individual session, which is 15 minutes long, and we'll share the Zoom link information. [Register for Zoom Link]
Why Gap Years Matter More Than Ever!
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Are you wondering about the benefits of a Gap Year, and realistic options amidst COVID and the disruption of higher ed? Join Katherine Stievater, Founder of Gap Year Solutions, for a presentation and Q&A about the benefits of a gap year and what gap years look like when international travel is not a realistic option. [Register for Zoom Link]
Take and Make Craft Together Time
Friday, April 9, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Let's make a Nature Mobile together! This kit is sponsored by The Nature Connection. Pick up a free craft kit at curbside pick up, and join us on Zoom. We'll do the craft together and enjoy a story. Register and we'll share with you the Zoom link. [Register for Zoom Link]
Among Us for Ages 10 - 14
Friday, April 9, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join friends, impostors, and the like over Zoom, and play the very popular, freely downloadable game Among Us. [Register for Zoom Link]

Scholarship Opportunity
Calling high school seniors living in Concord, MA!

The Williams Scholarship Committee, an initiative of the Concord Free Public Library Corporation, is accepting scholarship applications from college-bound High School Seniors residing in Concord, MA for The Charles Williams Scholarship for Excellence in Music and The Charles Williams Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

The deadline for submissions for both scholarships is June 4, 2021.

Special Collections Highlights: Chronicling Concord through Covid-19
Please join the Concord Free Public Library in Chronicling Concord through Covid-19 for future generations! We are inspired by stories large and small of Concordians sheltering and stepping up and helping during this time of crisis, and we feel these stories should be captured. They will become part of our Concord history!

Please send your stories or reflections, poems, haikus, photos, or videos that chronicle your experiences, whether you are sheltering in place or working in an essential service outside of the home. Submissions from Concordians of all ages are welcome as we recognize that this pandemic has affected us all.

You can submit as often as you like. Special Collections will compile and preserve your submissions, and with your permission, post selections on our website or social media.

Please visit here for more information, including submission guidelines and prompts. Thank you for sharing your experience!

Questions? Please email us at specialcollections@concordlibrary.org.
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