Weekly Updates
Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2022
The Concord Free Public Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29 due to the impending snowstorm. Be safe.

Indoor face mask mandate is in effect in Concord (MA). Please wear a face mask when you are in the Library.

Music from the Library: Thomas Meglioranza, baritone and Reiko Uchida, piano
Music from the Library: Thomas Meglioranza, baritone and Reiko Uchida, piano
Saturday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Main Library, Rotunda (50% capacity)

Join the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library for the first concert of the Music from the Library Series 2022, featuring Thomas Meglioranza, baritone and Reiko Uchida, piano. The Music from the Library Series presents world-class artists in the intimate acoustics of the rotunda of the Main Library. 

Mr. Meglioranza and Ms. Uchida will perform American songs from 100 years ago, including works by Charles Ives, Carrie Jacobs, Bond, and Ruth Crawford Seeger, plus popular songs from the era. 

The series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. This event is subject to change. Please check here for the latest update before the concert.
Virtual Poetry at the Library
Virtual Poetry at the Library: Moira Linehan and Angela Narciso Torres 
Sunday, February 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Join acclaimed poets Moira Linehan and Angela Narciso Torres for strong and eloquent poetry about family, bereavement, and migration.

Moira Linehan reads from & Company (Dos Madres 2020) in which she studies the Impressionist paintings of the fashion worlds in Paris and Boston to imagine the life of her strong-minded grandmother who worked at the heart of these places as a dress designer and seamstress. Linehan’s previous books include Toward (Slant Books 2020), and Incarnate Grace (2015) and If No Moon (2007), both published by Southern Illinois University Press and named Honor Books in Poetry in the Massachusetts Book Awards. If No Moon received the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Prize selected by Dorianne Laux. Widely published, Moira is the recipient of residencies in Ireland at the Cill Rialaig Project and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre; the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center in WA; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Angela Narciso Torres reads from What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books 2020), poems set in two countries and home, where she considers what it means to leave a mark, vanish, and stay in one place. In a profound act of recollection and preservation, she shows us how to release part of ourselves but remain whole. Her previous books include Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, and the chapbook, To the Bone (Sundress Publications 2020). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in San Diego. She is Reviews Editor for RHINO Poetry.

The Virtual Poetry at the Library Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Zoom Link]
Adult Events
Virtual Stitch Circle
Tuesday, February 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard or Fowler Meeting Room
Join fellow knitting, crocheting, needlework, etc. enthusiasts for an hour of social crafting. Help each other out of tough spots, share patterns and tips, and enjoy crafting together. We will meet in the backyard if weather permits, and in the large meeting room if needed. No registration required.
FREE Online Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here
Thursday, February 3, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Join Be Well Be Here for a 30-minute morning meditation practice sponsored by the 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 wellbeing. [Register for Zoom Link]
Tuesday Book Discussion
Tuesday, February 8, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Each month, join other readers to discuss a range of books, from classics to contemporary. For February, we will discuss How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, in celebration of Black History Month. The Friends of the Concord Free Public have generously donated copies of the book to patrons interested in attending the February 8 discussion. Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net if you plan to attend the discussion and a free copy of the book will be set aside for you. [Register for Zoom Link]
Winter Virtual Films at Fowler: Reckless Romance
For 26 years Concord film viewers gathered on winter evenings at the Fowler Library to see some of the most interesting and stimulating examples of current and classic cinema from around the world. That movie series, called Films at Fowler, changed to an online format in 2021 and will continue in that format in 2022. Because we don’t meet in person, we will now watch—on your own time schedule—selected movies on Kanopy (recently acquired by OverDrive), a free streaming service available to Library patrons. We will then gather on Zoom on scheduled evenings for a lively movie discussion.

The winter theme of the movies in 2022 is Reckless Romance. All six movies in this series have romance—not always conventional—at their heart.

Wednesday, February 2, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Discussion date)
In this sensitive masterpiece by David Lean, a married woman meets a kind stranger in a train station and is tempted by the possibility of new love.

Please watch Brief Encounter on Kanopy before the discussion. To register for the discussion and receive a Zoom link, send an email to the host of the series

The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Children's, Tween & Teen Events
Musical Mondays - Music & Movement with Julie on Zoom
Monday, January 31, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Join Julie for Music and Movement. With songs you know and some you might not, we'll stretch, stomp, sing and shake out our sillies - all to the sweet sounds of the ukulele! This programs runs 30-45 minutes and is geared toward children aged 0 - 5 years. Thanks to The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library for generously sponsoring this program. [Register for Zoom Link]
ZOOM Baby Time, Ages 0-12 months
Monday, January 31, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us on Zoom from the comfort of your home for songs, stories, and a chance to chat with other parents. We will move back to in person as soon as we can. [Register for Zoom Link]
PJ Storytime on Zoom, Ages 5 and under
Monday, January 31, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on bedtime with songs, stories, and rhymes. [Register for Zoom Link]
Crafty Tuesdays - Take and Make Kits
Tuesday, February 1, All Day
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Stop by the Children's Room and pick up a take-and-make craft kit to make a fun craft at home!
Zoom Fowler Storytime
Tuesday, February 1, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
We will meet on Zoom until further notice. We will share stories, songs, and rhymes and do a simple hands-on activity. [Register for 10:00 a.m. Zoom Link] [Register for 11:00 a.m. Zoom Link]
Virtual Infant Massage
Tuesday, February 1, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
In this 4-week workshop on zoom you will learn how to massage, relax, and soothe your newborn to pre-crawling baby. There are more than 50 strokes to learn including a colic relief routine for gas. Sheryl White, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and founder of Baby Kneads, will demonstrate all the techniques on a doll and you will practice the strokes on your own baby during the 30-minute class. This 4-week series is hosted by The Coalition for Children. [Register for Zoom Link]
Alphabet Storytime on Zoom
Wednesday, February 2, 10:30—11:00 a.m.
Each week we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. Recommended for ages 5 years and below. [Register for Zoom Link]
Craft Lab at Fowler, Ages 12 and under
Wednesday, February 2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Backyard, Fowler Branch
Join us each week for hands-on artistic exploration. No registration required. OUTSIDE: If weather permits, we will meet in the Fowler backyard. INSIDE: In the case of poor weather, we will meet in the meeting room. We ask that participants wear masks.
Storytime from Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Thursday, February 3, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join storytime from the comfort of your own home. Share stories, songs, and rhymes in this weekly virtual program. [Register for Zoom Link]
Storytime: Picture Books 101
Thursday, February 3, 10:30—11:00 a.m.
Come enjoy our favorite new picture books and learn how you can participate in our early literacy campaign called 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves! Every year we choose 100 fantastic titles that we don’t want you to miss, and start reading them with the start of the school year. Look out for the Picture Books 101 list of titles and a coloring sheet featuring Henry and Weezie, our mascot owls. The titles are posted on our Library website and displayed in our Children’s Room. If you want to make a head start on your log, remember we promise a prize to every young reader each time they read 25 titles and finish a coloring sheet. We love to read other favorites, and ask what books you like, as the 101th book on our list will always be your choice. [Register for Zoom Link]
Messy Fun at Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Thursday, February 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fowler Backyard, Fowler Branch
Drop by the Fowler backyard or large meeting room weekly for a range of activities from play dough to blocks. Stay for 15 minutes or for the full hour. We will have different stations, allowing for child-guided play and social distancing. Please check our Library website or call Fowler at 978-318-3350 for the latest updates in case of bad weather. No registration required.
Origami Club, Ages 8 and up
Thursday, February 3, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
All skill levels are welcome to our weekly Origami Cub! Each week we will try fun new projects. We will resume in person meetings as soon as possible, but for now we will be meeting on Zoom. You may use paper you have at home, or you may pick up origami paper at Fowler (1322 Main St) during our Fowler hours. [Register for Zoom Link]
Concord Puppet Theatre: Live!
Friday, February 4, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join us on Zoom (for now) on Fridays for Concord Puppet Theatre: Live! Each week will feature different puppets and new songs to learn and sing along to, and occasional crafts. [Register for Zoom Link]
Concord To Launch a Pilot Food Compost Program
The Town of Concord (MA) is launching a pilot Community Compost Drop-Off program for Concord residents.

Once you are registered, you will be able to drop off household food scraps and compostable kitchen waste at two locations for FREE starting February 1, 2022.

  • Coffee grounds and BPI, CMA, OK Compost certified coffee pods
  • Food waste, anything and everything
  • Paper towels, napkins, and tissues that are food soiled, but not soiled with chemicals, cleaners, or bodily fluids
  • Paper plates and cups (with no plastic or wax)
  • View here for the complete list

Please visit here for more information on how to participate in the Concord Food Compost Program.
Special Collections Highlights: MACRIS Database: Help with Your Historical Research in Concord
Are you interested in learning more about historic properties and areas in Concord? An important resource to help you in your research is available online. The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) allows access to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) database for information on historic structures, areas, and landmarks in the Commonwealth. MACRIS compiles data from records maintained by the MHC, which include such sources as the Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth, National Register of Historic Places nominations, State Register of Historic Places listings, and local historic district study reports. This search system includes no information on archaeological sites.

The bulk of their data dates between 1960 and 2000, with periodic updates. It is especially useful in researching the history of your home or business, or just getting to know your neighborhood. Please note, MACRIS does not include information on all historic properties in Massachusetts, nor does it always reflect the most up-to-date information on file at the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Thanks to the work of the Concord Historical Commission, charged with compiling and inventorying historic properties and areas in Concord, and the rich resources in Special Collections, the MACRIS database includes 1928 items for Concord.

You can search the MACRIS database by applying Search Filters. You can filter your search by City/Town, Address, Historic Name, Resource Type, Architect/Maker, Use Type, Architectural Style, Areas of Significance, Designation Type, and Construction Year. When Search Filters are applied, they add to one another to reduce your search results.

More recently, the site has added MACRIS Maps, a web mapping application that allows you to search the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s (MHC) online MACRIS database by location, for information on file with the MHC on cultural resources throughout Massachusetts. Are you interested in learning more about this new application? A presentation by the MHC introduces the use and function of MACRIS Maps. There is a brief walkthrough of the new layout, as well as examples of typical searches. 
Minuteman Library Network Mobile App
Do you know that you can download and install the Minuteman Library Network (MLN) Mobile App on your phone or tablet?

Through the App, you can connect with us to request a book, renew an item, keep track of your reading history, and more. Want to reserve a museum pass? Use the App to find out what is available. The App also includes links to the Library’s digital collections and online research databases such as Consumer Reports and The Boston Globe. You can also use the App to access our Event Calendar and register for Library programs. When you are in the Library, use the App as a portable catalog to locate an item on the shelf. Ready to check out? Simply tap the home screen to pull out your digital library card at Self-Checkout or the Circulation Desk.  

The MLN Mobile App was recently updated and is available to download from the App Store, Google Play, and Kindle Fire. After opening the App, you will be prompted to choose your library and then enter your Library Card barcode and PIN/Password for your account.

Call or stop by the Library if you need any help with your library account or the App.
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