Weekly Updates
August 10 - 16, 2020
Virtual Adult Events
Tuesday Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 11, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
In August, the book discussion group will discuss The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeAll are welcome. Copies of the eBook are available through Hoopla. Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net for the Zoom link
The Practice of Presence
Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Explore simple mindful wellness practices that settle the mind, honor the body and enhance overall well-being. Together, we will examine the path toward freedom from stress and experience the power of the pause in a time of crisis. Lara Wilson, founder of Concord’s non-profit mindful wellness collaborative, Be Well Be Here, will share ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life through meditation and movement tailored to your natural way of BEing. Free and open to all! [Register for Zoom link]
Virtual Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
We can't meet in person, but it would still be great to discuss recipes and catch up! This month, we will make recipes from Cooking with Herbs by Lynn Alley. Participants are also welcome to make recipes from this website. [Register for Zoom Link]
Thursday Morning Meditation Class on Zoom
August 13, 20 & 27, 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. Please register for the Zoom link. [Register for Zoom Link]
Book-a-Mystery Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Love a good mystery? Book-a-Mystery book group is back! All are welcome to join the discussion on Zoom. This month we will be reading The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. You can instantly download an eBook of the title (on Hoopla) or reserve a copy of the audiobook via OverDrive with a Minuteman Library card. Print copies are also available at the Main Library for curbside pickup. Please call the Circulation Desk (978-318-3301) to inquire about the print copies. Other questions? Email Pat Pluskal at ppluskal@minlib.net.
Personalized Reading and Movie Recommendations
We are excited to offer a new service to our community - personalized reading and movie recommendations.

Are you missing the ability to browse our shelves for your next great read? We would love to curate a curbside pickup order just for you! Simply submit a brief questionnaire, and library staff will respond back with up to six personalized recommendations.  The more information you give us on the form about your preferences, the better our suggestions for you will be. When items are ready, you will be notified for curbside pickup. [For Adults] [For Teens/Tweens] [For Kids] [For Movies]
NEW: Book Bundles for Children
The Children's Department is excited to offer Book Bundles! These are pre-selected groups of children’s books on popular topics, such as Pirates and Princesses and Caldecott winners. You can see all the choices and submit an electronic request here by visiting Book Bundles.

Alternatively, you can call the library at (978) 318 - 3301 and our staff will update you on any available choices. For more information about this new service, email Royce McGrath at RNMcGrath@minlib.net.
Join us every Friday at 11:00 a.m. as we read aloud from the Concord Middle School’s Big 6 Recommended Reading List.  

This week we continue to read together Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. When 12 year-old Ellie and her family lose their livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer. Students can also request an eBook or audiobook of the title via OverDrive with a Minuteman Library Card. 

Register each week in advance to receive the Zoom link. [August 14][August 21] [August 28]
2020 Summer Learning Program
The 2020 Summer Learning Program themed Imagine Your Story is well underway and will end on August 31. The goal of the Summer Learning Program is to keep kids and teens reading and learning during summer, ensuring that they maintain or gain skills and start the next school year on track and ready to learn. The program focuses on STEAM-related, educational, fun and enriching activities.

The Summer Learning Program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation.

Online Teen, Tween & Children's Events
How-To's Day
Tuesday, August 11, 10:00 a.m.
All ages
Excuse me, do you have two minutes to spare every Tuesday for a little How-To fun? It's How-To's Day! Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. on the Library's Facebook page, tune in for totally awesome mini-tutorials by Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough. Make an envelope out of scrap paper. Use a hammer properly. Cook the most gorgeous fried egg. How can Cary help? Send How-To suggestions to Cary at cstough@minlib.net.
Starting Monday, August 10
The Concord Free Public Library is partnering with The Umbrella Arts Center to offer Take & Make Lawn Signs for kids and teens to send messages of hope to our community during this pandemic. Messages can be silly, hopeful, and inspiring. Signs can be put on front lawns or shared with the Concord Free Public Library or The Umbrella Arts Center. Kids and teens are encouraged to send a photo of their final project by emailing childrens@concordlibrary.org. The Library will share these images on social media and add the images to the Library's archives as part of the Chronicling Concord through Covid-19 initiative. Reserve your lawn sign by calling the library at (978) 318-3301 to pick it up via curbside service starting Monday, August 10. Reservations will be accepted as long as supplies last.
Make History Make Art
Tuesday, August 11, 4:00 p.m. for 2nd - 5th Graders
Wednesday, August 12, 4:00 p.m. for 6th - 12th Graders
Alicia Herman from The Umbrella Arts Center will lead a free drawing workshop on Zoom for kids and teens. Students will learn about iconic posters involved in political movements including Rosie the Riveter, Uncle Sam's Army Recruitment Poster, and Shepard Fairey’s Make Art Not War. They will learn how to use bold designs to create a poster of their own, documenting their experience in this pivotal time. This class gives kids a creative outlet and place where their ideas and experiences are visible and valued. Student-designed posters will be archived by the Concord Free Public Library and preserved to be shared with generations to come, as part of the Chronicling Concord through Covid-19 initiative. This workshop is offered in partnership with The Umbrella Arts Center. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Alien Adventures with ScienceTellers on Zoom
Thursday, August 13, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
“Science and stories, together!” Join us for a virtual show of a ScienceTellers program called “Aliens: Escape From Earth!” The event will be performed live through Zoom. Get swept away in a zany, out-of-this-world adventure. Along the way learn all about chemical reactions, air pressure and more! The performer will answer questions, conduct polls/quizzes, and even teach a science experiment you can do at home. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Story Time with Royce on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
All ages
Missing storytime at the Library? Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes. This is a great way to build early literacy skills. Children of all ages are welcome. Register to receive the Zoom link. [Sign up for August 12] [August 19] [August 26]
Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom
Every Thursday @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Join us for a "Read around the Zoom" group reading experience. Using Zoom meeting platform, we will all take turns reading aloud to Luna and to each other. Bring some of your favorite poems or short stories. [Sign up for August 13]
Sing-along with Ed Morgan
Join us on Zoom 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 and moving, dancing and singing. Monthly this summer. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for August 21]
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