Weekly Updates                  June 1 - 7, 2020
Although CFPL buildings remain physically closed, staff members are available and working on your behalf. Please note due dates for most borrowed items have been extended to June 30. Please email your inquiries to
Main Library Curbside Service Starts on June 8  
The Concord Free Public Library will be offering curbside pickup service at the Main Branch starting June 8. We are sorry that Fowler's curbside service will not be available at this time. The book returns are open at the Main Library on Mondays and Fridays. The book returns at the Fowler Branch will remain closed until further notice. Please stay tuned for more details about the curbside pickup service. We look forward to offering this new service to our patrons. 
Concord Reads Aloud Continues
The Concord Free Public Library launched #ConcordReads Aloud program on May 17, 2020. It invites the whole community to come together and enjoy the pleasure of listening to different members of our community read a book.  
Every evening at 5:00 p.m. on the library's Facebook page, a surprise guest reads a chapter from The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Written by Jeanne Birdsall, this book was inspired by Louisa May Alcott's  Little Women . It tells the story of four sisters and their friendships and adventures with a local boy while vacationing in the Berkshire Mountains. 

Click on the following links to hear our guests read to you. 

Chapter 3 Ivan Orup, Orthodontist at Concord Orthodontics

Chapter 13 Philip Rosenfield, Owner of Reasons To Be Cheerful

Virtual Children's & Teen Events
Read to Luna  
Every Thursday @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills,  emotional and 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. This event is for children ages 5 and up.  Questions? Email: RNMcGrath@minlib.net. [Sign up for 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 or 6/25]
Toddler Sing-a-long with Ed Morgan 
Enjoy another virtual concert with Ed Morgan, the Music Man! Ed Morgan sings a variety of favorite songs, including "Raindrops", "The Green Grass Grew All Around", and "Mr. Muffin Man" as well as a song he wrote himself, "I Hope I Never Get Too Big". [Watch on YouTube]
Virtual Cardio Party for Teens with Rachel Marchica
Wednesday, June 3, 3:00 - 3:40 p.m. [Register]
Teen cardio party is an upbeat, high energy class set to fun music. Class begins with a dynamic stretching warm-up followed by a mix of cardio and strength training and a cool down/stretch. Sneakers and yoga mat or towel are recommended. Please register so we can share the Zoom link and meeting information.

Virtual Creative Movement/Ballet with Rachel Marchica
Wednesday, June 3, 3:45 - 4:25 p.m. [Register]
Ages 4-8  
This fun 40-minute creative movement/ballet class begins with a high-energy warm up, moves into stretching and beginner ballet technique, and ends with a fun center combination. This class will be offered online using Zoom.  Register so we can share the Zoom link and meeting information.
Virtual Dance Party with Rachel Marchica
Wednesday, June 3, 4:30 - 5:10 p.m. [ Register]
Ages 8 - 12
Set to an upbeat playlist, this fun 40-minute class is based off of both jazz and hip hop components. Class will include a warm up, center combinations, and a stretch. Bring your dancing shoes, and let's get the party started!
Virtual Adult Events
Thursday Morning Meditation
Thursday, June 4, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Try a 30-minute meditation practice, 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. Led by Be Well Be Here collaborator and certified Biofield Tuning practitioner,  Julie Ramsdell, MS, founder of Fifth Chakra Energy in Bedford, MA.  Every Thursday in June at 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
[Please register for the Zoom link

Tuesday Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 9, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
In June, the book discussion group will partner with the Military Family Support Group of Concord to read and discuss All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. All are welcome. Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net for the Zoom link. 
Staff Picks from Hoopla, Kanopy, RB Digital & Beyond
The Library staff members have thoughtfully selected many eBooks, audiobooks, and videos for you to enjoy while staying at home. 

Here are the staff picks (updated and expanded regularly) -

Adult Fiction & NonFiction Audiobooks and eBooks  (Mystery, Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels

Hoopla Movies and TV Series

Kanopy Movies and TV Series  

RB Digital Magazines (3,500 titles)  

(RB Digital Magazines service also includes a core collection of classic literature in eBooks and audiobooks from Recorded Books.)
Teen eBooks and Audiobooks  

Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens 13+ (April 30 - July 29 through SYNC audiobooks) 

Tween eBooks

Children's eBooks  (New: Story time with Hoopla) (Books about Bunnies)

eBooks and Read-alongs for Early Readers  

The 2020 Boston Globe -Horn Book Winners Announced

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

[View Kanopy user instruction
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