Weekly Updates

February 23, 2024

  • In this issue: Adult Programs - Virtual Films at Fowler - Poetry at the Library - Teen Programs - Children's Programs - Special Collections Upcoming Programs

Adult Programs

Huzzah! Drinking with John Hancock During the American Revolution with Dr. Brooke Barbier

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Learn more about the important role of alcohol in the culture and politics of Colonial America in this free lecture with Brook Barbier, author of King Hancock: The Radical Influence of a Moderate Founding Father (2023). This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Minute Man, Minute Man National Historical Park, the Concord Free Public Library, and Concord 250. No registration required.

Heal for Real: Communities Seeking Ease, Justice & Connection

Film Screenings of The Dhamma Brothers

Monday, February 26, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

[Register for Film Screening]

Conversation with Sam Williams and Harry Harding

Tuesday, February 27, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

[Register for the Conversation]

Join us at the Concord Free Public Library to screen The Dhamma Brothers, a documentary film about the profound impact of a meditation retreat held in a maximum security prison in Alabama (co-created by the late filmmaker, Jenny Phillips of Concord). We will then learn about experiences guiding meditation for the incarcerated in our local community with Sam Williams, Executive Director of Concord Prison Outreach, in conversation with radio host, Harry Harding, of Leaderfull Life Works.

Friends of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Presentation

Tuesday, February 27, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join president of the Friends of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Kevin Thomas Plodzik, Ed.D., to learn about the history of the burial ground and the community work that has preserved and enhanced this Concord treasure. This presentation is offered in collaboration with the Milldams. [Register for the Sleepy Hollow Presentation]

Virtual Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here

Thursday, February 29, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


Join Lara Wilson for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with 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]

Author Talks with the Concord Women Writers: Playwriting

Thursday, March 7, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Each week of Women’s History Month, the Library is showcasing authors from Concord Women Writers to share their work and experience as women creators. Join us for the kick-off event of this delightful series with a read-through of an original play by Michele Markarian, author of The Unborn Children of America and Other Family Procedures. [Register for Women Writers Author Talk]

Poetry at the Library

Poetry at the Library: Verve and Vivid Wild Dreams: Sara Deniz Akant & Jennifer Funk

Sunday, March 3, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us for an afternoon with regaled Concord poet Jennifer Funk and Sara Deniz Akant, who will read and engage in a Q & A about inspirations and the craft they used in making the poems in their collections.

Sara Deniz Akant, a Turkish-American poet, educator, and performer, is the author of four books — most recently, Hyperphantasia (Rescue Press 2022), which was a New York Times book of the year, a Boston Globe book of the year, and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in poetry. Jennifer Funk’s debut collection Fantasy of Loving the Fantasy (Bull City 2023), is a sensuous investigation of the failings and thrills of trying to sate the insatiable. [Register for Poetry Reading]

Virtual Films at Fowler

The Quiet Girl (2022)

Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.

(Discussion Date on Zoom)

Nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her dysfunctional family in rural Ireland to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care.

Please watch the film on Kanopy before the discussion. To register for the discussion and receive a Zoom link, send an email to the Coordinator of the program Randall Warniers at FilmsatFowler@concordlibrary.org. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

[View Winter 2024 Films at Fowler Calendar]

Teen Programs

Teen Library (Robot) Fight Club

Tuesday, February 27, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Workshop, Main Library

First rule of Library (Robot) Fight Club - Tell all your friends about Library (Robot) Fight Club. Join us every fourth Tuesday of the month to build, hack and battle remote-control bots. For makers ages 11 to 18 only. No registration required.

Children's Programs at the Main Library

Winter Storytime Schedule

All storytimes are drop-in unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: Musical Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesdays: Crafty Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays: Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. & Baby Snugglebugs Storytime at 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays: Storytime at 10:30 and Sensory-Friendly Storytime at 11:30 a.m.

Fridays: Alphabet Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Saturdays: Yoga & Movement storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Musical Mondays: Hugh Hanley

Monday, February 26, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Start your week off right by dancing, singing, and having some fun at Musical Monday - Come join the fun at this music/play activity session led by Hugh Hanley, a nationally–known early childhood educator and musical entertainer who specializes in programs for young children and their teachers and families. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

Make-it! Club

Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Workshop, Main Library

Join us every Wednesday afternoon for an awesome craft, art project or engineering puzzle. No Registration Required.

For more Children's programs at the Main Library, visit here.

Fowler Branch Children's Programs

Fowler Storytime (Ages 5 & under)

Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join us at the Fowler for storytime. We will share stories, songs and rhymes and do a simple hands-on activity. No registration required.

Lego Club at Fowler (Ages 12 and under)

Friday, March 1, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join fellow builders to construct from our Lego collection. Try out weekly challenges or work on your own project. Drop in at any time during Lego Club to join the fun. No registration required.

Musical Morning with Ricardo in Spanish and English

Saturday, March 2, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Ricardo Rosales will join us on the first Saturday of each month for a special music class in Spanish and English. Expand your musical and language skills in this program sponsored by the Friends of Concord Free Public Library. No registration required. For Ages 7 & under.

For more Children's programs at Fowler, visit here.

Highlights from Special Collections: Upcoming Programs

Just added to the Calendar -

A Personal History of the 1960s - with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Sunday, April 21, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Please join us in the Goodwin Forum for a presentation and book signing with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for her newest book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s. One of America’s most beloved historians, Doris artfully weaves together biography, memoir, and history. She takes us along on the emotional journey she and her husband, Richard (Dick) Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life.

[Register for Doris Kearns Goodwin Talk]

Author Talk: James Marcus - Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, March 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

This talk features the author and Editor James Marcus, whose new book Glad to the Brink of Fear, A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson will be released by Princeton University Press in March 2024. In this new evaluation of the importance of Emerson, we will get a modern writer’s perspective and a deeply personal reflection on how Emerson’s writing has mattered to a great contemporary writer speaking with the voice of our time.

Marcus’ other books include Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut and seven translations from the Italian, including Giacomo Casanova’s The Duel. He is the former editor of Harper’s Magazine. He has contributed to The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, VQR, The Guardian, The Nation, and Best American Essays. He also edited and introduced Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage.

[Register for James Marcus Talk]

Concord Wetland Wildlife: Close Looks at the Animals of Thoreau’s Favorite Swamp - with Ron McAdow

Sunday, April 21, 2:00—3:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

This slide presentation will feature videos and photos of wildlife from Well Meadow, the pristine wetland off Fairhaven Bay, on Concord’s southeast boundary. Well Meadow was a frequent destination for Henry David Thoreau. Ron’s trail camera monitors traffic on a beaver dam that crosses the swamp. We will see images and videos of the wide variety of animals that use this bridge: mink, otter, bobcat, and many other species. Thoreau kept an appreciative eye on Well Meadow vegetation—we will hear his observations about some of the plants that anchor this rich natural community. You can sample one of Ron's wildlife videos here.

Ron McAdow is the author of The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers, Emerson’s Nature, Concord Village, and other books. He served for a decade as Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees. His Adult and Community Education course offerings include Fairhaven History and Hike.

[Register for Ron McAdow Talk]

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