Weekly Updates
June 4 - 10, 2021
  • Main Library: 10-6 (Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri.), 10-8 (Thurs.)
  • Fowler Branch: 10-6 (Mon. through Fri.) (Closed 1–2 for cleaning)
  • Special Collections: 10-6 (Mon. through Fri.)
  • Closed on Sat. & Sun.
Starting June 14:
  • Meeting rooms available via reservations
  • Public seating available with no capacity restrictions
Author Talk Series: Margo Rabb and Carrie Fountain
Please join Young Adult authors Margo Rabb and Carrie Fountain for a discussion of their new books on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will take place on Zoom.

Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize, Kissing in America, and Cures for Heartbreak. Kissing in America was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, and the American Library Association, and was named to the Amelia Bloomer Project’s List of Recommended Feminist Literature.

Carrie Fountain is a poet and novelist, and serves as the 2019 Texas Poet Laureate. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Life, Instant Winner, and Burn Lake, winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award, and the Young Adult novel I’m Not Missing. Her first children’s book, The Poem Forest (Candlewick Press, 2020) tells the story of American poet W.S. Merwin and the palm forest he grew from scratch on the island of Maui.

More Adult Events
Tuesday Book Discussion
Tuesday, June 8, 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 Un-American: a soldier's reckoning of our longest war by Erik Edstrom. All are welcome. Please email bgugluizza@minlib.net for the Zoom link.

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, June 9, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Let's take Cookbook Club online! We can't meet in person, but it would still be great to discuss recipes and catch up! This month, we will make healthy snacks! You may choose any healthy snack recipe you'd like! [Register for 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 June 10 Zoom Link]
Mindful Moment on the Library Lawn
Tuesday, June 15, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Curious about meditation and mindful wellBeing? Join us on the Library Lawn for conversation about the benefits of mindful living, and simple ways to cultivate your own practice. Be Well Be Here founder, Lara Wilson will share guidance from a variety of wisdom teachers, such at Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. Bring your questions and a favorite morning brew to sip mindfully. Registrations are not required. Please join us!
Book-A-Mystery Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Love a good mystery? All are welcome to join our mystery book discussion via Zoom. June's title is The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett. Print copies of the title are available at the Fowler Branch for pickup. An eBook and an audiobook of the title are available to check out via Hoopla. Please email Pat for the Zoom link.
Friends Annual Meeting
Members of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are invited to the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library via Zoom on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. 

Meeting ID: 868 5021 0845
Passcode: 765574

See you on Zoom!
Summer Art House: Films at Fowler Summer Series
Films at Fowler will continue in the summer months with six more movies and discussion dates, from June 10 to August 18. The new theme for the summer is Summer Art House, and the six movies are provocative, surprising, fun, and independent in spirit. Please watch—on your own time schedule—the selected movies on Kanopy, a free streaming service available to Library patrons. The group will then gather on Zoom on scheduled evenings (shown below) for a lively movie discussion.

The Lobster (2015)
Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. (Discussion date on Zoom)
In this surreal black comedy from Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, single people are given 45 days to find romantic partners. Otherwise they will be turned into an animal of their choice. [View the Film on Kanopy]

To register for Films at Fowler discussions, please send an email to randall.warniers@gmail.com.

For a complete list of all summer films and discussions, please click here.
2021 Summer Reading Program
This summer it is all about our furry, feathered, and scaly friends, with Tails and Tales!

Learn more about all the fun programs in store for this year's Summer Reading Program here -

Click here to sign up for the program and begin logging your reading and reviewing books. You can keep track of all the awesome books you have read this summer and also enter weekly raffles to win gift cards to local shops.

Click here to watch the summer reading promotional video made by the Library staff along with their pets.

Children's, Tween & Teen Events
Main Library Front Lawn
The Concord Free Public Library is celebrating June Journey’s with Concord’s Communities Organizing Against Racism (COAR) by featuring a StoryWalk on the Main Library lawn. The StoryWalk features Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford. Featuring stunning mixed-media art and stirring poems, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer's life with a message of hope, determination, and strength. Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. The book won the 2016 Caldecott Honor award as well as the 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor.
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.
Outdoor Baby Time!
Monday, June 7, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hear stories, songs, and rhymes in this gentle half hour story time for our very youngest readers. We'll gather in the side garden near our Sudbury Street entrance. [Register]
PJ Story Time from Fowler, Ages 5 and under
Monday, June 7, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on bedtime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Register to receive the zoom link. [Register]
Outdoor Storytime at Fowler!
Tuesday, June 8, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Join Fowler Branch librarian Dorrie Karlin at the labyrinth garden at the West Concord Union Church (1317 Main St), across the street from Fowler, for an in-person storytime! We will share stories, songs, and rhymes. We have limited space (10 families), so please register. Your registration is for all attending family members. [Register for 9:30 a.m. Storytime] [Register for 10:30 a.m. Storytime]
Outdoor Story Time with Royce
Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. & 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join us on the lawn of the Main Library for an in-person storytime. We will enjoy stories, songs, & rhymes! We will gather near the Sudbury Street entrance in the enclosed garden. We have limited space (10 families), so please register. A single registration is for all attending family members. [Register for 10:00 a.m. storytime] [Register for 10:30 a.m. storytime]
Afternoon Baby Time, 0-12 mos.
Wednesday, June 9, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Hear stories, songs, and rhymes in this gentle half hour story time for our very youngest readers. [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]
Read to Luna the Dog
Thursday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! Register for your own 15 minute session with Luna, and she'll meet you outside on the Main Library lawn. She'll even do a few tricks just for you! This event is for children ages 5+. [Register]
Puppet Show with Through Me To You Puppetry
Thursday, June 10, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Newton and his puppet friends invite you and your kiddos to join him for some storytime fun! Newton & Friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. At the end of the show, the kids are invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. Our half-hour Zoom show is geared to ages 3-7, but all are welcome! Looking forward to meeting you! Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Zoom Link]
Friday Crafternoons
Friday, June 11, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
Hey Kids - Feeling crafty? Join us in our side garden at the Main Library near the Sudbury Road entrance for a fun craft and a short story! [Register]
Weekend Virtual Writing Studio
First 3 Saturdays of every month 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Cary Stough, Senior Library Assistant and resident Master of Poetry, for boundary-pushing weekend writing! No experience required. Age limits are mainly arbitrary: if you wanna join, just ask! Register for Zoom link. The same Zoom link works for every session. [Register for June 12]
Program for High School Juniors: Creating a Compelling College Application
Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.
This program is designed for juniors and their parents to help them with their college applications and college essays. Learn more about the college application process including current admissions trends, strategies for applying, writing the personal statement essay and supplemental essays, teacher recommendations, suggestions for how juniors can use their time productively this summer and how students can position themselves to increase their chances for admission. This is not an essay writing “boot camp” but rather a detailed and strategic overview of what students should focus on to make their college applications compelling. The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC. [Register for Zoom Link]
Scholarship Opportunities: Application Deadline Extended to June 8
The Charles 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 has been extended to Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit here.
Special Collections Highlights: Photographs of Herbert Wendell Gleason
Herbert Wendell Gleason was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1855. He attended Williams College, graduating in 1877, and then received his Bachelor of Divinity from Andover Theological Seminary. His first career was in the Congregational ministry, to which he was ordained in 1887. He worked as a pastor in Minnesota, and then edited the Northwest Congregationalist (later known as The Kingdom). He married his childhood sweetheart, Lulie Wadsworth Rounds in 1883. He retired from the ministry, moved back to Massachusetts, and began to make photographic trips to Concord in the fall of 1899. A pioneer environmentalist, he was drawn to the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Although Concord provided only one of Gleason’s many subjects, it drew him back repeatedly over the remainder of his life. In his photographs of the place, taken over a period of thirty-eight years, Gleason purposefully captured the locations, the wildlife, and the plants that Thoreau had known and about which he had written.

The Boston publishing firm of Houghton Mifflin asked Gleason to provide photographs for its twenty-volume 1906 Walden and Manuscript Editions of Thoreau’s writings. Gleason’s work also illustrated Houghton Mifflin’s 1917 Through the Year with Thoreau.

In addition to his Concord work, between 1899 and 1937, Gleason photographed places all across this country and in Canada. He photographed the earliest National Parks and other areas under consideration for becoming parks for the National Park Service. A friend of Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, the first two directors of the National Park Service, Gleason was appointed to an official position by Mather and sent out on photographic expeditions to wilderness areas. He is remembered, too, for his illustrations of John Muir’s work, for his photographs of Luther Burbank’s horticultural experiments, of formal New England gardens and of flower shows, and for his work as a photographer for the Arnold Arboretum, as well as for his Concord images.

Gleason supported himself in part as a highly successful slide lecturer. He developed slide lectures around a number of the different subjects that he photographed. His wife served as colorist for his slides. An undated brochure that he issued lists 33 different slide lectures. Evidence strongly suggests that the CFPL’s “Thoreau’s Country” slides comprise the slide lecture presented by Gleason for the Thoreau centenary. Over the next twenty years, Gleason refined this lecture for later presentations. “Thoreau’s Country” is the only identified surviving Gleason slide lecture.  Herbert Wendell Gleason died on October 4, 1937.

The William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library holds the largest collection of Gleason negatives, hosting nearly seven thousand images between the Robbins-Mills Collection and the Robbins Collection. In addition, Special Collections also holds a small collections of Gleason’s papers.
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