Weekly Updates
October 8 - 14, 2021
  • Main Library - 10-8 (Mon.), 9-8 (Tues.-Thurs.), 9-6 (Fri.), 9-5 (Sat.) and closed on Sun.
  • Fowler Branch - 10-6 (Mon.-Thurs.), 10-5 (Fri. & Sat.) and closed on Sun.
  • Special Collections - 10-6 (Mon.), 9-5 (Tues.-Fri.) and closed on weekends.
  • The Library will be closed on Monday, 10/11.
Real Life Civics: A Presentation by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Join us on Zoom for a Real Life Civics presentation by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In this 60 minute program, the EMK Institute instructors will lead the audience to explore how the U.S. government is structured under the Constitution and the division of powers among the branches, discuss the traditions and norms that have guided the work of elected officials, as well as political figures who have broken with established practices and set new norms through their actions.

2021 Concord Festival of Authors
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are pleased to announce the 2021 Concord Festival of Authors (CFA), a town-wide celebration of the written and spoken word featuring over 30 town-wide events October 15 - 31. Programs will be a combination of virtual and in-person.

These following events are sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL), and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation, as well as other local organizations and businesses. [View Printable Festival Event Calendar]
Kick-Off Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clint Smith
Friday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. [Register]
Join the Friends of CFPL in collaboration with the Robbins House for the CFA Keynote Address - Dr. Clint Smith discusses his new book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Also pick up a copy of Dr. Smith's book on Tuesday, October 12 between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Main Library Sudbury Road Garden. The books will be sold at a discount thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
2021 Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History
Saturday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Join us to honor the 2021 Miller Award Winner Heather Cox Richardson, professor of American History at Boston College and esteemed author. [Register]
Young Adult Authors
Sunday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Concord Festival of Authors: Young Adult Authors, featuring Jennifer De Leon, Desmond Hall, and Margo Rabb. [Register]
Storytelling from the Heart of Medicine
Monday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Suzanne Koven, as she discusses her new book, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life. Dr. Koven will be joined in conversation by New York Times bestselling author Dani Shapiro. [Register]
Concord Festival of Authors: Debut Authors Panel
Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a conversation with new novelists Lisa Braxton, Julie Carrick Dalton, and Dariel Suarez. [Register]
Leslie Riedel Memorial Award
Friday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for the 2021 Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People featuring Robert Sabuda. [Register]
Breakfast with the Authors
Saturday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Suzanne Koven will moderate the annual Concord Festival of Authors event Breakfast with the Authors, as we discuss the literary life with Meredith Hall, Chaney Kwak, and Shawna Kay Rodenberg. [Register]
Native Nations Poetry Panel
Sunday, October 24, 3:00 p.m.
Join panelists Kimberly M. Blaeser, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Heid E. Erdrich, award-winning poets and contributing editors of the landmark anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, the first comprehensive anthology of Native Poetry, edited by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. [Register]
The Transcendentalists and Their World
Monday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
Join Author and Historian Robert A. Gross in conversation with Anke Voss, Curator of the Concord Free Public Library William Munroe Special Collections. This session will feature The Transcendentalists and Their World, Robert Gross’s long-awaited study of Concord in the era of Emerson and Thoreau. [Register]
Mindful Memoirs about Grief, Loss and Love
Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present a virtual conversation with authors Maryanne O'Hara and Faith Fuller Wilcox. [Register]
Mystery Night - Keeping The Pages Turning: How Crime Writers Create Suspense
Sunday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Join the Festival Mystery Night emcee and celebrated author Kate Flora to discover how to create suspense in fiction with mystery writers Susan Oleksiw, Dale Phillips and Susan Smith. [Register]

Please visit ConcordFestivalofAuthors.org for a complete listing of the Festival events. Event flyers are available at the kiosk near the Reference Desk at the Main Library.
Adult Events
Tuesday Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 12, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Each month, join other readers to discuss a range of books, from classics to contemporary. For October, we will discuss One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library circulation desk. [Register for Zoom Link]
Stitch Circle at Fowler
Tuesday, October 12, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Large Meeting Room, Fowler Branch
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, weather permitting; or in the large meeting room if necessary. Face masks are required if we meet indoor. No registration required.
Free Online Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here
Thursday, October 14, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Join Be Well Be Here with the Library for a 30-minute morning 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. [Register for Zoom Link]
Book-A-Mystery at Fowler
Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fowler Backyard, Fowler Branch
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. The title for the October discussion is The Huntress by Kate Quinn. Weather permitting, we will meet in person in our backyard. Please register so that we can provide updates and a Zoom link if we need to meet virtually. [Register]
Virtual Films at Fowler Fall Series: Fearless Features
The Films at Fowler Series continues in the fall with five more movies and discussion dates. The new theme for the fall is Fearless Features, and the five movies are all admired and recognized for their fierce originality and cinematic innovations in form, style, or content. They are each so unique you will wonder how they ever got funded in the first place. Please watch—on your own time schedule—the selected movies on Kanopy, a free streaming service available to Concord patrons. We will then gather on Zoom on scheduled evenings (shown below) for a lively movie discussion.

The Witch (2015)
Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. (Discussion date on Zoom)
Set in New England in 1630, and using the language of the period, a couple with five children try to lead a devout Christian life when a mysterious event brings a terrible evil into their lives. The breakout film for actress Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”). [Watch Film on Kanopy]
To register for Films at Fowler discussions, please email: randall.warniers@gmail.com.

The Films at Fowler Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [View Complete List of Fall Films]
Children's, Tween & Teen Events
Meet Mabel the Chicken with the Nature Connection
Tuesday, October 12, 10:30-11:00 a.m. &
Wednesday, October 13, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Sudbury Road Garden, Main Library
The Library is teaming 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! In October, we will focus on the changing seasons, paying special attention to plants and the seeds they produce. We will read a story about seeds, explore different ways that seeds travel, and learn what seeds we can plant to help the earth. We'll be joined by an animal that likes to eat seeds - chicken. This program is geared for children ages 5 and under. [Register for Oct. 12] [Oct. 13]
Alphabet Storytime
Wednesday, October 13, 10:30- 11:00 a.m.
Sudbury Road Garden, Main Library
Join in the fun learning the alphabet with stories, songs and crafts. Each week we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. Recommended for ages 5 years and below. No registration required.
Rockabye Beats Live on the Main Library Front Lawn
Thursday, October 14, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Rockabye Beats is a fun, family group whose music is reminiscent of founder Marcos Valles’s Puerto Rico. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. Enjoy movement, dancing, counting, singing, and a little bit of Spanish vocabulary. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Priceless Education on a Tight Budget
Thursday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Periodical Room, Main Library
Join Richard Montauk for a presentation on the how to receive a quality education with minimal cost. Attending an “elite” university provides immense value—great in-class and out-of-class learning, a stellar network, interesting and challenging experiences, increased pride and confidence, and (of course) marvelous credentials. We will examine dozens of ways of gaining an elite—indeed world-class—education without breaking the bank. Please note: this presentation will not cover getting need-based financial aid, merit aid, or third-party scholarships, or saving for college in a tax-efficient manner. Instead, we will look at dozens of inexpensive options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (while retaining our focus on elite schools). Face masks are required of all participants. No registration required.
Concord Puppet Theatre: Live!
Friday, October 15, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sudbury Road Garden, Main Library
Each week we will feature different puppets, new songs to learn and sing along to, and occasional crafts, all under the blue tents. Feel free to bring your own puppet (sock or otherwise) or instruments from home to join in on the fun. No registration required.
6th Annual Scarecrow Festival
Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 31, ALL DAY
Main Library and Fowler Branch Library Lawns
The Concord Free Public Library is hosting the 6th annual Scarecrow Festival October 16 - 31. Gather your family! Visit the Main Library's front lawn and the Fowler Branch lawn to enjoy all the creative scarecrows made by local organizations! This year’s participants include: Appleton Design Group, Artscape at Bradford Mill, Beede Center, Children’s Meeting House Preschool, Colonial Inn, Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord Middle School, Concord Police Department, the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, Magic Garden Preschool, Nashoba Brook Bakery, Nashoba Brooks School, Open Table, Orangetheory, TimberNook Middlesex County, Village Art Room, and the Visitor Center.
Reading Recommendations for Teens
Teens! Looking for your next great book to read? Check out these reviews by fellow teens to read what books they loved here. Submit your own book review here. Email us at teens@concordlibrary.org or visit here for personalized reading recommendations. We are happy to help!
Building Project Update
From the Library Corporation -

We are nearly 19 months into the pandemic and so much has changed for us all. One bright spot during these trying times has been the evolution of our beloved Concord Free Public Library.

While this construction remains on time and on budget, we have recently learned that our new shelving and furniture will be delayed due to supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic. Our plans were to move the books and install the furnishings in late October so that we could open the new spaces: the Commons, Children's Library and Makerspace. The reality right now is that these spaces will not be fully ready until December. This will impact our ability to start work in the Main Library: shifting stacks, reorganizing the A/V materials, and building the Teen Room, the Large Print Area and the Forum. We are as anxious as you are to open the new spaces!

What we can plan for though is welcoming our patrons in for tours of the news spaces, unfurnished, but fully constructed. Look for more information about these tours in mid-October. Our wonderful library staff have ideas for fun and engaging events that will help you get oriented. [View More information about the Building Project]
Special Collections Highlights: Memoirs of the Social Circle in Concord
Special Collections recently received a donation from the Social Circle in Concord. The Social Circle is an organization established in the late 18th century. Members of the Circle prepare biographies of members, published under the title Memoirs of Members of the Social Circle in Concord (seven volumes published to date).

The recent gift includes sets of all the published Memoirs, including the first series, published in March 1882, in commemoration of the centennial of the Social Circle.

Accompanying the gift of the published volumes is a letter, dated December 19, 1885, between two esteemed members of the Social Circle, from lawyer Charles H. Walcott to Rev. Grindall Reynolds, First Parish pastor. A transcription (some text is standardized) of the illuminating letter is below:

Concord. Dec. 19.1885.

Dear Sir,

I find in one of my note-books a memo from the State Archives showing that Ezekiel Brown applied to the General Court sitting at Concord, in June 1764, for an allowance by reason of his son Ezekiel’s illness in the Crown Point Expedition. The father says “that his son Ezekiel Brown was a soldier in the service of the Province in the year A.D. 1760. That he was taken sick on his return from Crown Point and was sick after his return home, whereby your Petitioner was put to considerable expense.” He was allowed £3.5.

This must have been the Ezekiel Brown of the Social Circle of whom you wrote the interesting biography recently printed.

In 1760 he was only sixteen years old according to the date of his birth, as given by you, and I thought that perhaps you did not know of his early experiences in war, or you would have spoken of them when alluding to his service at the time of the Revolution.

Very truly yours,
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