Weekly Updates
May 6 - 12, 2022
The Main Library has started new hours. [View Hours]
CCHS AP Study Day
The Main Library will host an AP Study Day for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students on Sunday, May 8, from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Snacks will be provided. Courtesy of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

The Main Library will open for CCHS students only on the Study Day. We look forward to seeing you - CCHS students! Study, snack and hang out!
Adult Events
Tuesday Book Discussion Group: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Main Library
Each month, join other readers to discuss a range of books, from classics to contemporary. For May, we will discuss On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library circulation desk. [Register]
Stitch Circle at Fowler
Tuesday, May 10 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch
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.
Cookbook Club at Fowler
Wednesday, May 11, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch
Join us for in-person Cookbook Club. For May, we will make spring recipes. Please click on the link to register for the event and to access links to spring recipes. [Register]
FREE Online Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here
Thursday, May 12, 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]
Book-A-Mystery Book Club at Fowler
Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Backyard or Fowler Meeting Room
Join Madeline from Fowler on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to discuss a range of mysteries, from thrillers to whodunnits. Copies of the selected book are available at Fowler. This month we will discuss The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. [Register]
Author Talk: Russell Robb, Author of Your Money Mentors
Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Main Library
Join Russell Robb for a discussion of his book Your Money Mentors: Expert Advice for Millennials. Your Money Mentors offers advice for millennials and their parents on how to succeed in the years post college graduation. Co-written by a millennial, and based on the author’s sixty-plus years of experience in finance, the collective advice is full of data, current research, anecdotes, and suggestions regarding mentors, continuing education, internships, careers, starter jobs, setting financial goals, budgeting, and money matters concerning marriage. The book is presented in three parts: Foundations for Success, Careers, and Making Your Money Work. [Register]
Spring Virtual Films at Fowler Series: Fearless Romance 2
For 26 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. Because we don’t meet in person, we will 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 a lively movie discussion. The theme of the movies in spring 2022 is a continuation of the winter theme of Reckless Romance. All five movies in this spring series have romance—not always conventional—at their heart.

Gloria Bell (2018)
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. (Discussion Date on Zoom)
A workaholic divorcée (Julianne Moore) spends her nights letting loose on the dance floor at Los Angeles clubs. She falls into an unexpected new romance, filled with the many complications of dating and new love.

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

Children's, Tween & Teen Events
Saturday Studio at Fowler, Ages 5 & under
Saturdays, May 7 & 14, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join Fowler staff each week for a mix of stories, crafting, and other hands-on activities. If weather permits, we will meet in the backyard. Otherwise, in the large meeting room. Please wear your masks. No registration required.
Seed Starting Workshop at Codman Community Farms
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Codman Community Farms, 58 Codman Rd, Lincoln, MA
As part of our Concord Seed Lending Library, we are partnering with Codman Community Farms in Lincoln to offer a Seed Starting Workshop. It will be held in their greenhouse. Learn more about the farm and their mission. Click here for driving directions. This workshop will be led by Jess Myles, Codman's Outreach, Education, and Volunteer Manager. She will lead participants through planting a variety of seeds using a variety of potting materials. You will leave the workshop with a tray of your own seedlings, ready to grow in your home. [Register]
Chess Club at Fowler, Ages 10-100
Saturday, May 7 & 14, 3:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join members of the Concord-Carlisle Chess Society to improve your chess game. Participants should have intermediate to advanced skills. Boards provided. Drop-ins welcome. [Register for May 7] [Register for May 14]
Musical Mondays with Alan Goodrich
Monday, May 9, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Children's Garden, Main Library
Alan Goodrich is a guitarist and singer-songwriter/solo performer who presents live music concerts for kid's of all ages including classic and current children's songs and original songs. In addition to his solo performances, Alan is the lead singer and drummer for Alan and The Alligators band (a rock group based out of Concord, MA) and has also performed with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Platters, T Lavitz (of The Dixie Dregs, and Jefferson Starship fame), The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), Dave Mattacks (of Paul McCartney, and Elton John fame), and others. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.
In Person Baby Time at Fowler, Ages 0-12 months
Monday, May 9, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join us for songs, stories, and a chance to chat with other parents.

Dance Party at Fowler with Concord Family Network, Ages 5 & under
Monday, May 9, 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard
Let's dance! Join Concord Family Network for half an hour of moving and grooving. All are welcome. Please register to receive updates. [Register]
PJ Storytime on Zoom, Ages 5 & under
Monday, May 9, 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, May 10, 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 allows, 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.
Nature Connection at the Main Library
Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Ages 2-6 &
Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m., Grades K & up
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
On the second Wednesday of each month the Concord Free Public Library teams up with The Nature Connection to invite children to explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with self and others in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems.
Alphabet Storytime at the Main Library
Wednesday, May 11, 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.
Celebrate our Common Threads in Craft Lab at Fowler, Ages 12 & under
Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Backyard or Large Meeting Room
Join special guests from COAR (Communities Organizing Against Racism) to celebrate our Common Threads. Since January, we have been working on creating a quilt from paper squares. We asked ourselves "what does community mean to me?" "How can I make others feel welcome?" "How can I be kind?" We will celebrate the quilt we have made and we will also make another quilt for which we think about our community's relationship with the natural environment. Snacks will be provided. No registration required.
Teen Finger Skateboard Snack Session, Ages 11-18
Wednesdays, May 11, 18 and 25, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Teen Lounge, Main Library
Join finger skateboard amateur and new Teen Librarian Cary Stough for afternoons of finger skateboarding and excessive snacking on Wednesdays in May. Set up a skatepark on the big Teen Lounge table. Use cardboard and other materials, hone your maker instinct with various (safe) tools and equipment. This is a chance to hang out in the new space with friends, make new friends, listen to tunes, and unleash your inner, dextrous Tony Hawk. Participants will also have the opportunity to vote on upcoming crafts and events at the Teen Lounge, and learn about all that we already have planned for summer 2022. No registration required.
Storytime at Fowler, Ages 5 & under
Thursday, May 12, 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, May 12, 10:30 - 11:30 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.
Messy Fun at Fowler, Ages 5 & under
Thursday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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. No registration required.
Origami Club at Fowler, Ages 8 & up
Thursday, May 12, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
All skill levels are welcome to our weekly origami club, now meeting on Thursdays at 4. Each week we will try fun new projects. We will be meeting in person. You may use paper you have at home, or you may pick up origami paper at Fowler during our open hours. [Register]
Concord Puppet Theatre
Friday, May 13, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Children's Activity Room, 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.
A Garden of Verses: Help Make our Fowler Mural, All Are Welcome
Friday, May 13, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Fowler Branch Large Meeting Room
Join us for our final workshop! We will be adding poetry to our Garden of Verses as we prepare for the installation and unveiling on Saturday, 5/21, during Spring into West Concord Junction. When completed, our mural will adorn the side of the Fowler Library and welcome the community into our newly re-landscaped backyard. Weather permitting, we may meet in the Fowler backyard. We will be working with acrylic paint. This project, led by ART for ALL, is funded by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Free Public Library Corporation, the Concord Local Cultural Council, and Middlesex Savings Bank. [Register]
Lego Club at Fowler, Ages 12 & under
Friday, May 13, 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.
Music & Movement with Music at the Blissful
Saturday, May 14, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Music at the Blissful is a high energy, interactive, movement and music experience for children of all ages. Be ready to move, shake, bounce, jump and stomp as we become dinosaurs, bunnies, alligators and cars. This program is fun for the whole family!
Check out the music before class on Spotify and check out the videos on Youtube at "Music At The Blissful". Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.
Korean Family Month Events
The Korean Cultural Society of Boston is partnering with the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to bring a celebration of Korean culture through the month of May.

Enjoy an exhibition of Minwha (Korean Folk Paintings) from May 2 – 31, 2022 in the Main Library Art Gallery. The exhibition features Seongmin Ahn, Insun Cho, Sunhee Hur and Jaeok Lee. A reception will be held in the Art Gallery on May 7, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. See below for the accompanying events.
Korean Family Month: Art and Craft
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Children's Activity Room, Main Library
Children are invited to enjoy a celebration of Korean art and craft in the Children’s Library. Featured activities include folding colored paper with Heejin Kim, making clay cookies with Korean patterns with clay artist Jaeok Lee, and playing traditional Korean games like Ddagkgi. In addition, Cori Ahn will read from her book, My Name is Kimchee, and children can have their photos taken in front of a cutout of a traditional Korean dress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.
Korean Poetry (Sijo) for Middle/High School Students and Adults
Saturday, May 14, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Goodwin Forum, Main Library
Prof. David McCann of Harvard Univ. (emeritus) will present a workshop on Sijo, the Korean vernacular counterpart to the Japanese haiku. David has translated and published a large number of sijo, both classical as well as contemporary, and for several years at Harvard taught the course Writing Asian Poetry, where students wrote poems following models in classical Chinese, the Japanese haiku, and the sijo. His own book of sijo poems, Urban Temple, was translated into Korean and published in Korea. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register]
An Evening of Korean Traditional Music
Saturday, May 21, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Goodwin Forum, Main Library
Join us for an evening of Traditional Korean Music, featuring three Korean traditional instruments:
  • Gayageum (Korean traditional zither) by Kyungsun Kim
  • Janggu (drum) by Jihye Park
  • Ajaeng (string instrument with a bow) by Yoona Kim
Dr. Mina Cho, the founder of the 'International Gugak Jazz Institute' will also add fun by improvising on a keyboard with Yoona Kim. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and the Korean Cultural Society of Boston. [Register]
Annual Book Sale
Join us for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's 2022 Annual Book Sale on Saturday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Main Library front lawn.

The proceeds from the Book Sale will fund the Library programs, museum passes, eBooks, print and audio-visual materials, and staff professional development. (Rain date: June 18)
Hoopla Bonus Borrows Program Returns
Hoopla Bonus Borrows are back from May 1 - 31, 2022. Patrons can choose from hundreds of titles in themes including Discover a New Series, Just for Kids!, Suspenseful Tales, and more.

In addition to Hoopla's Instant collection of over one million eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more, our Concord patrons can take advantage of this latest Hoopla Bonus Borrows program. You can choose from hundreds of titles in the Bonus Borrows collection and will be debited zero borrows from your monthly Hoopla borrows.

Special Collections Highlights: Abigail May Alcott Nieriker 
Abigail May Alcott Nieriker (July 26, 1840 – December 29, 1879), known as May, was the youngest daughter of Bronson and Abigail May Alcott. May was immortalized in her sister Louisa May Alcott’s seminal work Little Women as Amy, who was portrayed as a free spirited artist; May also illustrated the first edition.  May was widely considered the artist of Concord for many years, particularly after the success of Little Women allowed her to go to Europe to study.  In 1877, her still life was the only painting by an American woman to be exhibited in the Paris Salon, selected over the work of Mary Cassatt. She taught several other artists in Concord at a small art school including Daniel Chester French. She also wrote a travel guide for women hoping to study art in Europe. She married Ernest Nieriker in London on March 22, 1878, and had a daughter, Louisa May, known as Lulu, on November 8, 1879. She died from complications of childbirth on December 29, 1879.

The painting depicted above is Lake Avernus: The Fates and the Golden Bough, which is a copy of a painting by J.M.W. Turner. Turner’s paintings are part of a special exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and museum passes are available through the Concord Free Public Library. Additional paintings by May Alcott Nieriker are held at Orchard House along with other Alcott family artifacts. Special Collections also holds three additional paintings by Nieriker, which can be viewed on our Omeka site
Quick Links