Weekly Updates
April 9 - 15, 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
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.
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 15 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]
Poetry at the Library Series - Spring Series
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.

Films at Fowler 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.

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.

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 12, 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 12, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! [Register for Zoom link]

Finding Your Best College Fit in the Time of COVID
Tuesday, April 13, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn more about navigating the college admissions process during COVID-19. Join us for a virtual presentation using Princeton Review's Online Classroom. What's the difference between the SAT & ACT? What do the scores mean? How has COVID-19 affected testing and college application processes? Stephanie Sim of the Princeton Review will answer these questions and more. Registration is required to receive your link. [Click here to Register]
Writing Games
Tuesday, April 13, 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 14, 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]

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]

Family Singalong with Ed Morgan
Friday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man.” Learn fun ways to connect with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library - thank you, Friends! [Register for the Zoom link]
Take and Make Craft Together Time
Friday, April 16, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Hey Kids - Feeling crafty? Let's make yarn owls together! 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. New kits available at the start of each week, while supplies last. [Register for the Zoom link]
Among Us for Ages 10 - 14
Friday, April 16, 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
Attention - 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: The Art of Poetry
As we celebrate National Poetry Month in April, we recognize that our collection of Concord’s literary lights has many unique contributions to the art of poetry. Louisa May Alcott was not simply a famed writer of children’s literature. Her unique perspective manifested in works as varied as correspondence, thrillers, and poetry. She had a gift for creating memorial poems to honor the people in her life. She wrote a lovely poem on the death of her sister Anna’s father-in-law, Minot Pratt in 1878; but perhaps her most famous was “Thoreau’s Flute.” The piece, written after the death of her friend Henry David Thoreau, who passed on May 6, 1862, was first published in Atlantic Monthly in September 1863. A manuscript copy of the poem was donated to the Concord Free Public Library in 1934 and can be seen within her papers along with manuscript copies of pages from several of her other literary works.

Ellery Channing, a poet and author, was married to Ellen Fuller, younger sister of author and educator Margaret Fuller, and moved to Concord in 1842. He became fast friends with Henry David Thoreau, and it is suspected that Channing is the “Poet” in Walden. Upon Thoreau’s death, he published the first biography of Thoreau, Thoreau, the Poet-Naturalist. While the first half of the book is a more traditional biography, the second half is comprised of memorial poems. More of Channing’s writings and correspondence, including Chapter 14 of the Thoreau biography, can be seen within Special Collections here.

Not every memorial poem is about another famous figure. Sometimes, it is simply a mother’s grief. Ruth Robinson Wheeler was an accomplished local historian and writer. She married Caleb Wheeler, an esteemed family of Concord, and raised five sons on the Thoreau birthplace on Virginia Road. Her third son, Caleb Kendall Wheeler, joined the Air Force in January 1944 and was killed over Budapest in June 1944. In her grief, Ruth Robinson Wheeler wrote a "poem for Caleb," which was donated as part of his collection to the Concord Free Public Library.
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