Weekly Updates                April 6 - 12, 2020
Although our buildings are physically closed, Library staffers are available and working on your behalf.  Please write to us with your questions at
Spotlight on  Special Collections

The Concord Free Public Library's bust of Louis May Alcott by Walton Ricketson recently spent a few weeks under the care of Robert Shure & Skylight Studios, Inc.  S he returned looking marvelous, wouldn't you agree? Her repair and cleaning at Skylight Studios were prompted by request from the Providence Athenaeum , to create a replica of the bust, for permanent exhibit at their institution. The model was delivered, but unfortunately, not on view until the Athenaeum reopens. 

The Library's Walter James Stillman, Philosophers' Camp, was to be on
view at the Smithsonian starting March 20, for their major Alexander von Humboldt exhibit. The pandemic has closed the exhibition temporarily. While preparing for the loan, we came across the following link to Stillman's still image of the camp, held at Union CollegeAs you can see, the photograph corresponds closely to Stillman's 1858 painting owned by the Library. 

Finally, we recently received correspondence from Robert F├ábregas, a publisher from Barcelona, who has been translating Thoreau's essays into Catalan. Robert visited Special Collections in October 2019 and donated copies of two of his first translations. Below is a link to some news about Thoreau in Girona and the story of his visit to the Concord Free Public Library (Google Translate does a reasonably decent job translating his post from Catalan to English).
We invite you to visit here for a selected list of resources from Special Collections.  Questions? Please contact us at specialcollections@concordlibrary.org .

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

                                -------------- Anke Voss, Curator
                                                  William Munroe Special Collections
Virtual Library Events
Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan
This popular program is now avail able on  YouTube. Ed Morgan made a special video recording for Concord children and families. He performed for his usual amount of time and included a song about washing your hands. Click here to watch the video

Virtual Writing Studio
April Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., for ages 10 -15
April Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., for ages 16 - adult 
How can writing help us through this period of crisis? Though it feels like time has both expanded and contracted, how can writing productively preserve and pass the time? Join our Children's Services Assistant and resident poet for this workshop. We will be reading, writing and reflecting on some timeless pieces of written art in various genres and forms, all of which are available online. To register, email Cary at cstough@minlib.net for the Zoom link.

FREE Online Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here for CFPL Patrons 
Monday Evenings in April at 8:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Thursday Mornings in April at 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Friends of the CFPL board member, Lara Wilson, will offer free meditation practice through non-profit mindful wellness educational collaborative, Be Well Be Here, in April. To register, email CFPLquestions@concordma.gov for the Zoom link.

Mindful Parenting in a Crisis
Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Parenting is tough enough, but add sheltering at home during a pandemic and the stress can be overwhelming. Join this virtual CFPL conversation to share insights, empathy and encouragement. Mindful wellness expert Lara Wilson, MA, GCMS (and parent of four young adults) will be available to offer mindfulness-based strategies. Gather online in community to feel supported, and experience how actively being in it together through meaningful conversation helps us get through challenging times.  To register, email CFPLquestions@concordma.gov  for the Zoom link.

Write for Well-Being
Saturdays, April 11, 18 & 25, 3:00 - 4:30 pm     
Looking to release stress while creating a record of these unprecedented times? Develop your natural storytelling skills with Concord Festival of Authors curator Lara Wilson, MA, in this CFPL Writing Workshop. Explore aspects of journaling, narrative non-fiction and creative writing. Experience what evidence-based research reveals: writing quiets anxious thoughts, boosts the immune system and enhances healthy mind/body connections.  To register, email CFPLquestions@concordma.gov  for the Zoom link.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone eBook & Audiobook With No Waitlists
We are thrilled to announce the ebook and audiobook versions of the first book in the Harry Potter  series are now available via OverDrive digital collection for unlimited, simultaneous access.  It is part of the OverDrive # HarryPotterAtHome  program running April 1-30 to bring magic to the readers of all ages during these uncertain times.

With no waitlists - 

More Library Resources Accessible From Home
The Library is pleased to offer two additional online resources for Concord patrons to access from home during the library closure (courtesy of the vendors) -

With more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and genealogy. Your library card is required.

FDO is a web-based grantseeking database, developed by the Foundation Center. It offers the most comprehensive, in-depth information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, drawn from reliable sources, including IRS 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, plus data provided directly by grantmakers. 

For more home accessible library resources, click here

Questions? Email: CFPLquestions@concordma.gov
Staff Picks from Hoopla and Kanopy Collections 
The Library staff members have thoughtfully selected many eBooks, audiobooks, and videos for you to enjoy at home during the pandemic.  

Here are the staff picks -

Adult Fiction & NonFiction Audiobooks

Movies and TV Series

Kanopy's Great Courses Videos (credit free!)
Teen eBooks and Audiobooks  

Tween eBooks

[View a step-by-step Hoopla user guide]

[View Kanopy user instruction
Helping Emerson Hospital
The Concord Free Public Library is proud to join many other volunteers   to make personal protective equipment for the health care personnel working at the front lines.  

Using the Library's 3D printer, our staff members are printing 30 face shield headbands for Emerson Hospital to fight against the COVID-19 virus outbreak. 

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