Weekly Updates
July 29 - Aug. 4, 2022
Exciting Job Opportunity - The Concord Free Public Library is searching for a Makerspace Coordinator for the brand new Makerspace. The Library's Makerspace includes two workshop spaces, a computer lab, and a video studio with greenscreen, and a podcasting studio. Please visit here for more information and how to apply. Closing date is August 17, 2022.
Minuteman Library Crawl 2022
We invite you to spend a day visiting local libraries – find out what is special about each and what they have to offer to you and your family. This is an event for all ages.

The challenge is to visit as many libraries as you can and take a picture of yourself with a designated item in each library – it is a 21st century scavenger hunt! Post your pictures and tag the libraries #mlncrawl2022. Each library will have handouts and giveaways – show your pictures to a librarian and receive a PRIZE, see how many you can collect.

Download your "passport" with all of the relevant information.

In addition to the Concord Free Public Library, other participating Minuteman Library Network libraries include: Arlington Robbins & Arlington Fox Branch, Ashland Public Library, Bacon Free (Natick), Dedham & Endicott Branch, Framingham & McAuliffe Branch, Lexington (Cary), Lincoln, Maynard, Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood), Morse Institute Library (Natick), Needham, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley Main & Wellesley Hills & Wellesley Fells, Westwood Main & Islington Branch. 

All are welcome to participate – children, families, adults, everyone!

Start where you want, end where you want – it is a self-guided crawl. No registration required.
Shakespeare on the Lawn: Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Performed by The World's a Stage Players
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn

The Concord Players present The World's a Stage Players. The troupe will perform an abridged version of Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare on the front lawn of the Main Library on July 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The performance will be directed by Mike Haddad.

A Shakespearean fairy tale, Pericles is a sprawling, epic adventure following the ups and downs of the Prince of Tyre. Princesses, shipwrecks, pirates, famine, riddles, and the triumph of love and purity. This show will have all of that packed into an enjoyable ninety minutes.

A limited number of chairs and open space will be available, but bring a lawn chair for guaranteed seating and comfort. If you like, bring a snack or beverage.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Free and open to all. Registrations are not required.
Adult Events
Conversation Circle for English Language Learners at Fowler
Monday, August 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Join us for a volunteer-led gathering to practice English. All levels welcome, including beginners. When weather allows, we will meet in the backyard. Otherwise, we will meet in the Fowler large meeting room. [Register]
Stitch Circle at Fowler
Tuesday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Join fellow knitting, crocheting and needlework enthusiasts for an hour of social crafting. Help each other out of tough spots, share patterns and tips, and enjoy crafting together. No registration required.
Author Talk with Brian T. Watson, Author of Headed into the Abyss
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Goodwin Forum, Main Library
Join author Brian Watson for a discussion of his new book Headed Into The Abyss: The Story of our Time and the Future We'll Face. Today we are beset by a range of unprecedented developments that together, in this century, threaten the very existence of civilization. The current states of just ten forces -- capitalism, technology, the internet, politics, media, education, human nature, the environment, population, and transportation -- are driving society in predominantly negative ways. The book describes and analyzes how each force is shaping society, and tells the big-picture story of what those effects add up to. [Register]
FREE Online Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here
Thursday, August 4, 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, August 9, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Trustees Room, Main Library
Each month, join other readers to discuss a range of books, from classics to contemporary. In August we will discuss Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk. eBook copies are available via OverDrive. [Register]
Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 10, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard or Large Meeting Room
Let's hope for nice weather and take Cookbook Club outside! Weather permitting we will meet in the Fowler Branch backyard. This month we will make recipes from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi. Copies of the books are available at the Main and Fowler Libraries soon. [View More Info and Register]
COAR Virtual Summer Book Club
Monday, August 22, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
How do you talk about racism with your children, neighbors, friends and family? What life experiences inform your choices to engage or avoid these topics? Whether you are just beginning to have more race-related conversations or you have been having them your whole life, we invite you to join COAR this summer to read and discuss the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Copies of the book are available to check out at Fowler Branch. [Register for Zoom Link]
Fowler Afternoon Tea Book Club
Friday, August 26, 2:00—3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Join Samantha at Fowler Library on the fourth Friday of each month to enjoy a selection of teas and discuss a blend of historical and contemporary fiction. In August we will discuss The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. Copies of the book are available at Fowler. eBook and audiobook of the title are available through OverDrive/Libby. We will discuss the book and French recipes. Please feel free to bring in food related to the recipe theme. Weather permitting, we will meet outside in the backyard. [Register]
Virtual Films at Fowler Summer 2022: Breaking Boundaries
For twenty-six years Concord film viewers gathered on winter evenings at Fowler Library to see some of the most interesting and stimulating examples of current and classic cinema from around the world. That movie series, now called Films at Fowler, changed to an online format in 2021 and continues in that format in 2022. We don’t meet in person, so we now view—on your own time schedule—selected movies on Kanopy, a free streaming service available to Library patrons. We will then gather on Zoom on scheduled evenings for lively movie discussions. The theme of the movies in summer 2022 is Breaking Boundaries. All six movies in this summer series are about going beyond the status quo and challenging limits and expectations. View Poster for selected films and Zoom discussion dates. All are welcome to join the discussions.  

Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. (Discussion Date on Zoom)
Three stories on the complexities of love and relationships from Oscar-winning Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”).

Please watch the film on Kanopy before the discussion. To register for the discussion and receive a Zoom link, send an email to the host of the series Randall Warniers at FilmsatFowler@concordlibrary.org.

Teen Events
The College Essay Studio
Tuesday, August 2, 4:00—5:00 p.m.
Teen Lounge, Main Library
Applying to college this Fall? Join The College Essay Studio, Tuesdays in July and August to hone your writing, brainstorm in an inviting and safe environment, and leave equipped with skills that will go beyond college applications to essays you will be writing in college. Facilitator/our Teen Librarian Cary Stough, a Brown University graduate and published writer, will lead you through the Common App 2022-2023 essay prompts, so none of it will be a surprise. This program is open to all teens, age 11-18, but recommended for high school students. Registration is required. Contact Cary for questions: cmstough@minlib.net. [Register]
Teen Magic: The Gathering Tutorials and Practice
Wednesday, August 3, 3:00—4:00 p.m.
Teen Lounge, Main Library
Teens - Join us every Wednesday in July and August for Magic: The Gathering tutorials and Practice. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, you are going to learn a lot. Some decks will be provided by the Library, but are limited. We recommend you bring your own decks. Magic: The Gathering is a tabletop and digital collectible card game created by Wizards of the Coast. Released in 1993, Magic was the first trading card game and has since taken the world by storm. Cast spells, collect mana, and come play with us. This program is open to all teens, age 11-18. No registration required. Contact Cary Stough for questions: cmstough@minlib.net.
Children's & Tween Events at the Main Library
Bike For Books
The Concord Free Public Library is encouraging children, teens and adults to bike to the Main Library or the Fowler Branch Library. Every time you bike to the Main Library or the Fowler Branch, show us your helmet and we will stamp your bike card. After ten stamps, you earn a $5 gift certificate to Bedford Farms Ice Cream. Funded by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Musical Mondays - Two of a Kind, for ages 0 - 6 years
Monday, August 1, 10:30—11:15 a.m.
Children's Garden, Main Library
Enjoy singing, movement, sign language, lyrics-on-the-spot, and puppets with award-winning husband-wife duo, TWO OF A KIND. David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans of TWO OF A KIND love bringing people together and building community through music. Their beautiful harmonies accompanied by David’s powerful, rhythmic guitar playing and Jenny’s multi-ethnic percussion instruments create magic on stage. No registration required. Bring a blanket and enjoy the music in our Children's Garden.
Insect Safari with Professor Bugman
Monday, August 1, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Children's Garden, Main Library
This outdoor insect safari will help children build important scientific skills through hands-on experience, all while providing scientific supervision, mentorship, and subject matter expertise with a real veteran entomologist. Children get to use entomology tools such as sweep nets, jars, and magnifiers, and explore a green space searching for insects and other small wildlife. Rain date: Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. This fun and interactive program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register]
Crafty Tuesdays - Story & Craft
Tuesday, August 2, 10:30—11:30 a.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Come enjoy a story and then we will do a fun craft together. No registration required.
Alphabet Storytime at the Main Library
Wednesday, August 3, 10:30—11:00 a.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Each week we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. Recommended for ages 5 years and below. No registration required.
Read to Xena the Dog
Wednesday, August 3, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! Children ages 5 years and older are invited to register for their own 10 - 15-minute session with Xena. Bring along a favorite book. Xena is a 7 year old rescue dog, adopted from Buddy Dog. She is referred to as a “Sato dog” because she came from Puerto Rico. She loves to be scratched behind her ears and on her neck, and if she is really relaxed she will ask you to rub her belly. She runs very fast outside but usually sleeps inside the house. Sometimes she will relax by chewing a bone or toy. Her favorite food is bacon. Xena is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation. [Register]
Storytime-Picture Books 101
Thursday, August 4, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
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! These storytimes will feature our favorite new picture books and promote early literacy skills to newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers. No registration required.
Concord Puppet Theatre
Friday, August 5, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Goodwin Forum, Main Library
Each week we will feature different puppets, new songs to learn and sing along to, and occasional crafts. Feel free to bring your own puppet (sock or otherwise) or instruments from home to join in on the fun. No registration required.
Fowler Branch Children's Events
Fowler Baby Time, Ages 0-12 months
Monday, August 1, 11:00—11:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join us for songs, stories, and a chance to chat with other parents. No registration required.
PJ Storytime on Zoom, Ages 5 and under
Monday, August 1, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on bedtime with songs, stories, and rhymes! [Register for Zoom Link]
In Person Fowler Storytime
Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room or
Labyrinth Garden at West Concord Union Church
Join us at Fowler for storytime. We will share stories, songs, and rhymes and do a simple hands-on activity. Outdoor: If weather permits, we will meet across the street at the labyrinth garden at the West Concord Union Church (1317 Main St). Indoor: In the case of poor weather, storytime will be held in the large meeting room. Please wear a face mask.
Mandarin Storytime with First Connections at Fowler
Wednesday, August 3, 10:15—10:45 a.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
This special opportunity for learning and practicing Mandarin is open to children aged 2 to 5 years old. Parents and children attend together, and siblings are welcome to listen in as our Story Teller Jasmine Wang engages the children in songs and reads stories in Mandarin. The program is funded through a Concord-Carlisle Community Chest grant. Space is limited. Register for the 6-week session by emailing Linda Jensen, LSWA, of First Connections. [Read More About the Story Teller] [Register via Email]
Craft Lab at Fowler
Wednesday, August 3, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Drop by Fowler to craft, experiment, and create. Join us each week for hands-on artistic exploration. We will test our ability to create in all kinds of weather, but we have our limits! Please look here and on our social media with any updates, or call Fowler at 978-318-3350 with questions. No registration required.
ZOOM Storytime from Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Thursday, August 4, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join Fowler librarian Dorrie for weekly songs, stories, and rhymes. [Register for Zoom Link]
Messy Fun at Fowler, Ages 5 & under
Thursday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
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. No registration required.
Preschool Play at Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Thursday, August 4, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Drop by the Fowler backyard weekly for mellow music, relaxing art, and bubbles. Enjoy a soothing atmosphere and free-form play with other preschool children and their caregivers. Rain location: Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room. No registration required.
Summer Studio at Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Friday, August 5, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Fowler is closed on Saturdays in July and August, so our usual Saturday Studio will be held on Fridays. Join Fowler staff each week for a mix of stories, crafting, and other hands-on activities. Rain location: Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room, face masks required.
Lego Club at Fowler, Ages 12 and under
Friday, August 5, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join fellow builders to construct from our Lego collection. Try out weekly challenges or work on your own project. No registration required.
Special Collections Highlights: Peacocks by Mary Ogden Abbott
Today we are celebrating a new addition to our art collection. A gift from the Dee Family Trust, the piece is a beautiful carving entitled Peacocks by Mary Ogden Abbott. This is the second carving by Abbott held by Special Collections. The first, Ibex (aka Summer Afternoon, High Himalayas) is a relief carving in a large panel of white holly, commissioned by Catharine Robb Whyte in 1958 and presented to the Concord Free Public Library in 1959. It is currently on display near the Sudbury Road entrance.  You can see additional works by Abbott in Special Collections in our online exhibit.
A lifelong Concordian, Mary Ogden Abbott (1894-1981), was an adventurous traveler and an avid equestrienne as well as an accomplished artist in several media. A descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and the granddaughter of Charles Francis Adams, Abbott was educated at the Westover School in Connecticut and the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. She was the president of the Concord Art Association and of the Appalachian Mountain Club. 
Mary Abbott traveled widely with her mother. She explored the western United States, Mexico (where she hunted jaguar), and—of particular importance to her art—the high mountains of Baltistan and Ladakh. The Himalayan landscape and wildlife inspired Ibex (aka Summer Afternoon, High Himalayas. Special Collections also holds a working sketch of Ibex.
Abbott’s work included several major woodcarvings - for example, altars for the Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts and St. Andrew’s Church in Nogales, Arizona, and teak doors for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. and the Peabody Museum (now the Peabody Essex Museum) in Salem, Massachusetts.
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