Weekly Updates
October 15 - 21, 2020
Concord Stories: A Hopeful Heart
Concord Stories from Special Collections is a new virtual series that highlights the rich holdings of the Concord Free Public Library Corporation’s William Munroe Special Collections through stories about Concord’s people and places from a variety of guests, including Concord residents, scholars, researchers, and curators.

Join us online for the next installment of Concord Stories​ on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. ​Featured Guest is Deborah Noyes, author of A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women (2020). She will discuss her new book and read some of her favorite passages.

Please visit the Library home page or here at 7:00 p.m. tonight (October 15) to watch the presentation.
Concord Festival of Authors
The 28th annual Concord Festival of Authors will be held from October 16 to October 31, 2020. All events will take place via Zoom.

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) and the CFPL Corporation are proud to sponsor the following events. For a complete listing of the Festival events, please visit here.
Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History
Friday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. (online)
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will present the 2020 Ruth Ratner Miller Award to recipient Jill Lepore online. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths: a History of the United States, This America: The Case for the Nation, and If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future. Click here to read more and register for the event.
Anti-Racism and Reconstruction, Then and Now
Sunday, October 18, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (online)
The Robbins House invites us all to honor Concord’s African American History. This event features historians who authored the Robbins House pamphlet series. The conversation will explore how throughout American history, people of African descent have demanded the right to define their racial identity through terms that reflect their proud and complex history. [Register for Zoom link]
Keynote Speaker Jennifer Haigh: Why Stories Still Matter
Friday, October 23, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (online)
In a time of national crisis – political, medical, financial, environmental and moral – storytelling is more important than ever. Novelist Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light, talks about what literature has to teach us, and why it is urgently necessary in these troubled times. Join the conversation and feel inspired to share stories that matter. [Register for Zoom link]
Breakfast with the Authors, hosted by Dr. Suzanne Koven
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (online)
The 2020 Concord Festival of Authors Breakfast with the Authors online features celebrated literary authors Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me), Caroline Leavitt (With or Without You), and Marjan Kamali (The Stationery Shop). Grab your favorite breakfast treats and join the conversation! [Register for Zoom link]
Young Adult Writers Panel
Saturday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. (online)
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Young Adult Writers. Join the conversation with Young Adult Writers Susan Kaplan Carlton (In the Neighborhood of True), Jennifer De Leon (Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From) and Marcella Pixley (Trowbridge Road). [Register for Zoom link]
Children's Authors
Saturday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. (online)
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present children’s authors Rajani LaRocca (Midsummer's Mahem)and Susan Tan (Cilla Lee-Jenkins book series). [Register for Zoom link]
Poetry for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. (online)
Join panelists Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, three award-winning poets and editors as they discuss their seminal W.W. Norton anthology of Asian and Middle Eastern poetry as well as their own recent work. Language for a New Century collects together over 450 contemporary poets writing in 40 different languages. [Register for Zoom link]
A Mighty Blaze in collaboration with the Friends of CFPL present Concord Festival of Authors 2020 Debut Authors
Monday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. (online)
Join A Mighty Blaze emcee Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars) in conversation with this year's Festival Debut Author panelists Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), Natalie Jenner (The Jane Austen Society), Rishi Reddi (Passage West) and Catherine Adel West (Saving Ruby King). [Register for Zoom link]
20th Annual Mass Book Award
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. (online)
Michelle Hoover (Bottomland), the 2020 Concord Festival of Authors Mass Book Award emcee, introduces the Concord community to six literary stars, including Jennifer Acker (The Limits of the World), Christopher Boucher (Golden Delicious), Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Shouting at the Rain), Karen Skolfield (Battle Dress), Grace Talusan (The Body Papers), and Raúl The Third (Lowriders in Space). Sponsored by the Friends of CFPL and Massachusetts Center for the Book. [Register for Zoom link]
Chunky Monkey Writing Group
Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. (online)
Join authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Celeste Ng, Christopher Castellani, Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Whitney Scharer, Calvin Hennick, Grace Talusan, Chip Cheek, Becky Tuch, and Sonya Larson as they discuss what they've learned from starting their own writing group, the Chunky Monkeys, over the last 7+ years. When they began, the group had no published books-- now they have several titles under the belt, including The Age of Light, Little Fires Everywhere, Leading Men, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, Once More to the Rodeo, The Body Papers, Cape May, and The Fact of a Body, as well as numerous articles, essays, and stories. [Register for Zoom link]
LGBTQ Memoir Authors
Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. (online)
Join authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (The Fact Of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir) and Michelle Bowdler (Is Rape a Crime?) for a conversation about what it means to craft a compelling, unforgettable memoir that illuminates all that makes us human. [Register for Zoom link]
Mystery Night - Casting Call: How We Find Our Characters
Saturday, October 31, 7:00 p.m. (online)
Join us for this popular annual event hosted by celebrated mystery writer, Kate Flora (Death Warmed Over). The Concord Festival of Authors 2020 presents authors Charlene D’Avanzo (Cold Blood Hot Sea), Kaitlyn Dunnett (Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries and the "Deadly Edits" series) and Edwin Hill (Watch Her) on Halloween to discuss the mysterious act of crafting characters. [Register for Zoom link]
Ongoing Virtual Adult Events
Book A Mystery Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.
In October the Mystery book group will meet and discuss The Muralist by B A Shapiro. The ebook of the title is available to download on OverDrive or Libby. We also have some print copies available for pickup at the Fowler. [Register for Zoom Link]
Thursday Morning Meditation Series on Zoom
October 22 & 29, 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 October 22] 
Children's, Tween & Teen Events
StoryWalk: The Scarecrow
Everyday, Main Library Front Lawn
All ages
Check out our new StoryWalk! Our Children's Department staffers are getting ready for this year's Scarecrow Festival which starts on Oct 17. In preparation, staffers installed a new StoryWalk on the Main Library front lawn. Stop by and enjoy The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry. This is a heart-warming tale about a lonely scarecrow and his unexpected but tender friendship with a baby crow. 
Flower Family Yoga
Mondays @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages 2 - 7
Join Tara Rachel Jones for joyful and creative ways to explore asana, breathing and meditation together through inspiring stories, games and partner poses. 
Family life has a milieu of details to balance each day. Classes are designed to meet and share experiential what the developmental needs of the children are and be a place where families have fun and grow collectively. Register to receive the Zoom link: [Oct 19] [Oct 26]
Story Time with Royce on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
All ages
Missing storytime at the Library? Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, and rhymes. This is a great way to build early literacy skills. Children of all ages are welcome. [Sign up for October 21]
Virtual Writing Studio 
Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
The Virtual Writing Studio is back! And this time, we are open to individuals grades 3 - 8 for brain-storming, story-telling, genre-busting, and totally kid-oriented writing. Join resident poet and our Children's Department Assistant Cary Stough for a writing-themed mid-day break with collaborative poems, hilarious and engaging PowerPoint presentations. No writing experience required. [Register for Zoom Link]
Cooking Program for Tweens/ Teens
Wednesdays @ 4:00 p.m. in October
Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead kids in a microwave cooking class and teach them how to make their own meals or snacks!
This workshop is perfect for teens and tweens. Younger children are welcome to join but will need an adult helper. The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link. Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program. [Register for Oct 21 - S'mores in a Mug] [Oct 28 - Banana Bread]
Story Times from Fowler on Zoom
Thursdays @ 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Ages 5 & under
Join our new Branch Librarian Dorrie Karlin for stories, songs, and rhymes. [Register for October 22]
Sing-along with Ed Morgan
Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m.
Join us on Zoom for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, "The Music Man". Learn fun ways to connect
with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up and moving, dancing and singing. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register]
Jacob Reads
Fridays @ 10:00 a.m. on Library's Facebook Premiere
and 2:00 p.m. on Instagram
All ages
Every Friday, thirteen year-old Jacob Edelman reads a special story from our staff curated list of 101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!

Story Time with Karen on Zoom   
Fridays @ 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
All ages
Join Karen Ahearn for a fun Zoom storytime highlighting old and new favorite stories and songs! This program is geared toward children ages 4 years and up, but anyone who enjoys listening to stories is invited. Register to receive the Zoom link. [Oct 16] [Oct 23] [Oct 30]
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