Weekly Updates

July 5, 2024

  • The Fowler Branch Library is now closed on Saturdays until September 2. [View Hours]
  • In this issue: Adult Programs - Virtual Films at Fowler - Munroe Gallery Exhibition - Children's Programs

Adult Programs

Tuesday Book Discussion: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Trustees Room, Main Library

Each month, join other readers to discuss a range of books, from classics to contemporary. For July, we will discuss Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Circulation Desk. Electronic copies of the book are available through Hoopla. [Register for Tuesday Book Discussion]

Has Anyone Seen $500 Million in Art Lying Around Boston?

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

An hour or so after the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day ended, two men dressed as Boston cops entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and left with 13 pieces of art. None of the priceless items have been found. Numerous suspects have been named over the years but none have been arrested. Bob Ainsworth, the author of Duped, a fictional account of the robbery, will review the actual details of the theft, the suspects and the motives behind the world’s most valued art theft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for the Talk]

Author Talk with John Hanson Mitchell at Fowler

Thursday, July 11, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join local author John Hanson Mitchell for a reading from his new novel The Sweet Revenge of Marcus Aurelius: Based on the True Story of a Slave Who Sold his Master. John Hanson Mitchell is best known for a series of books known as the Scratch Flat Chronicles in which he uses a single square mile of land to examine his continuing interest in the interrelationship between nature and human cultures. [Register for the Author Talk]

Meet Cute Book Club

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join Library staff and discuss the most lucrative genre in publishing: romance! This month we will discuss Bringing Down the Duke, a historical romance novel by Evie Dunmore, and the first installment in her A LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN series. Mocktails (non-alcoholic) will be served at the meeting. Please register to make sure we have enough for everyone! [Register for the Meet Cute Book Club]

Film Screening of Mona Lisa is Missing and Q&A with the Filmmakers

Saturday, July 13, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us for a special in-person screening of the 2012 documentary "Mona Lisa Is Missing." This award-winning film describes the theft in 1911 of Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Mona Lisa" from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The filmmakers will be available on Zoom after the screening to discuss how they researched the story and tracked down dozens of people who are descendants of those involved. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for the Film Screening]

Concord's Bird Life from Thoreau's Day to Today

Monday, July 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

As part of Riverfest, join us for a colorful talk on what birds Henry David Thoreau saw versus the birds we see today. Presenter Peter Alden wrote the foreword and was scientific editor of the just published A Year of Birds: Writings on Birds from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau, which includes 150 color paintings by Barry Van Dusen and Thoreau quotes for all 365 days of the year. [Register for Concord's Bird Life Talk]

The Great Cartoon Rewind

Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

The 80’s were weird. Really weird. Nothing shows how weird as well as the cartoons on our TV’s every Saturday morning. Join the one and only GeekGal, Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe, for a walk down memory lane to a time when MTV was king, and Trapper Keepers were as far as the eye could see. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for the Great Cartoon Rewind Talk]

Virtual Films at Fowler

The theme of the movies this summer continues to be Faraway Places. The movies in this series will take us to locations where we will see and experience other people, other stories and other parts of the world.

The Great Dictator (1940)

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.

(Discussion Date on Zoom)

Writer/director Charlie Chaplin plays two roles—dictator Adenoid Hynkel and a kindly Jewish barber in the ghetto—in this legendary prewar satire. 

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 Summer 2024 Films at Fowler Schedule]

Munroe Gallery July Exhibition

Following Henry - From Walden to Cape Cod

Amy Ragus Exhibits Photocollages with Henty David Thoreau in Mind

July 2 - July 30, 2024

Munroe Gallery, Main Library

Open Reception: July 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Gallery Talk: July 11, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Amy Ragus' work in photo collage has been exhibited in one-person and group exhibits in the U.S. and abroad. Trained as a painter at Wellesley College (BA) and Columbia University (MFA), she turned to photography in the 1980s. She considers herself a painter who uses photo fragments as brushstrokes on a larger field.

The artist was born in Manhattan and currently lives on Cape Cod.  She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Arts, Yosemite National Park. Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Gros Morne National Park, The Hermitage, Catwalk Institute, and others. Her work is in museum and private collections.

Children's Programs at the Main Library

July Morning Kids' Programs at Main

Mondays: Musical Monday at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Musical Monday: Robert the Guitar Guy

Monday, July 8, 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 - Robert lights up the stage with his wildly creative musical shows. With a variety of singing and movement, he creates an exciting experience for young audiences. From dancing ants marching into a spider to rocking out to bedtime lullabies, you never know what adventures are in store. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required. 

Dig it Up! Dragon Discoveries (Ages 4+)

Tuesday, July 9, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Children's Activity Room, Main Library

Unleash your inner paleontologist by chiseling away fossilized dragon eggs to find the hidden dragon inside. Each participant will go home with the dragon toy that they unearth from the egg. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Dig it Up!]

Make-It! Club

Wednesday, July 10, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Children's Room, Main Library

Join us every Wednesday afternoon for an awesome craft, art project or engineering puzzle. Recommended for kids ages 5-10 and their caregivers. If your child is ages 5-9, please be prepared to stay with your child for the duration of the event. No registration required.

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

Fowler Branch Children's Programs

Fowler Baby Time (Ages 0-12 months)

Monday, July 8, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join us for songs, stories and a chance to chat with other parents and caregivers. No registration required.

Fowler Riverfest Storytime (Ages 5 & under)

Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

This month is Riverfest, so we will join SuAsCo in celebrating our wonderful rivers during this week's storytime. We will share stories, songs, and rhymes and do a simple hands-on activity. Weather permitting, we will meet across the street at the labyrinth garden at the West Concord Union Church (1317 Main St). No registration required.

Musical Morning with Ricardo at Fowler (Ages 7 & under)

Friday, July 12, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Ricardo Rosales will join us on the second Friday in July and August for a special music class in Spanish and English. Expand your musical and language skills. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

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

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