Weekly Updates

June 14, 2024

  • The Concord Free Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.
  • The Main Library will close on Sundays from June 17 to October 1.
  • In this issue: Summer Reading Program - Adult Programs - Virtual Films at Fowler - Makerspace Workshop Programs - Teen Programs and the Big 6 - Children's Programs - Special Collections Highlights

Summer Reading Challenge

Reading Dragons

Kids & Teens

Read and collect dragon trading cards for the opportunity to win prizes - You will evolve your dragon (or pick a new egg) for every two days you read this summer. Every time you evolve a dragon into an adult (eight days), you will earn a ticket for the Grand Prize Raffle. Read. Hatch. Collect them all.

Rubber Ducky Club

Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sign up, read and record each day you read with your child this summer at our Children's Library or the Fowler Branch. Every seven days, you will earn a rubber ducky and a ticket for the Grand Prize Raffle.

Adult Summer Reading

Beginning on June 17, patrons can fill out a raffle ticket with their name, contact info and the name of a book they would like to recommend and deposit the ticket at either the Main Library or the Fowler Branch. For the Main Library, drop-off locations include the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk in the Lobby. We will hold weekly drawings for $15 gift cards for local businesses. Each ticket will also be an entry for a chance to win the grand prize in August. Grand prizes include a $50 gift card to Concord Market and a $50 gift card to Debra's Natural Gourmet. 

Adult Programs

Pollinator Week: Native Seedling Transplant

Monday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Backyard, Fowler Branch

How did your native plants grow in your winter seed sow milk jugs? Drop by anytime between 11 and 1 to separate ours into plantable clumps. Bring your jugs - Trade, compare and share. No registration required.

Gentle Flow Yoga Class at Fowler

Monday, June 17, 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join local yoga instructor Jen for drop-in yoga for adults. This gentle flow class is accessible for all levels and focuses on breath, alignment, and truly grounding movement. Yoga mats and blocks are available, but you can also bring your own. No registration required.

Virtual Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here

Thursday, June 20, 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]

Pride: The Expiration Date

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

The Expiration Date is Judah Leblang's poignant and humorous one-man show about dealing with life's big questions--How does one handle life as a "junior-senior?" Is there an afterlife? What does it mean to be spiritual without belief in the 'God in the sky?' Does getting older mean becoming wiser?"--and navigating those times when one man planned and God laughed. The Expiration Date is presented in partnership with Pride 2024. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Pride: The Expiration Date]

Virtual Films at Fowler Summer Series

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.

Saint Omer (2022)

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.

(Discussion Date on Zoom)

A powerful award-winning courtroom drama from France in which a young Senegalese immigrant mother is accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter. 

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]

Makerspace Workshop Programs

Pride Craft Party

Saturday, June 22, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Workshop, Main Library

Celebrate the Town of Concord's first annual Pride Fest with Pride-themed Workshop crafts, including a friendship bracelet bar, button-making, coloring pages, sidewalk chalk, free popsicles and more. All are welcome. [Register for Pride Craft Party]

For more Makerspace Programs, visit here.

Teen Programs and the Big 6

The Big 6 2024

The 2024 Concord Middle School's summer reading picks center around the themes of Change and New Beginnings. They were selected to inspire students to embrace changes and new things happening everywhere.

Looking for a Big 6 book? Visit our catalog to browse current availability or place a request for:

Additional information regarding the Concord Middle School's Summer Reading Program can be found on the Concord Middle School Library website.

Teens Make-It!

Tuesday, June 18, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Workshop, Main Library

No younger siblings to bug you, no random adults to take up all the spots. Come to a Make-It Club program developed exclusively by and for teens. Come have some snacks, check out our materials, and help us choose exactly the crafts, skills and tools you want to learn in future programs. For makers aged 11-18 only. No registration required.

Teen Concord Pride Fest Party

Saturday, June 22, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Show your true colors at the first ever Concord Pride celebration right here at the Library. Come-as-you-are and join us from 1:30-4:30 for karaoke, pride crafts, gaming competitions, treats and more. And don’t forget to make some memories at our Pride photo booth. No registration required.

Children's Programs at the Main Library

June 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.

Thursdays: Storytime at Main at 10:30 a.m. (no storytime June 27)

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

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

Musical Monday: Hugh Hanley

Monday, June 17, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Come join the fun at this music/play activity session led by Hugh Hanley. Hugh accompanies his singing with guitar and banjo and draws on a wide repertoire of songs, finger plays and music activities that are engaging and accessible to young children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

Millie the Duck's Birthday Party for All Ages

Tuesday, June 18, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Children's Garden, Main Library

Celebrate Millie the Duck's second birthday party. We will have several special birthday activities, presents to unwrap, and, of course, birthday treats. Sponsored by the Concord Free Public Library Corporation. No registration required.

Yoga and Movement Storytime (Ages 2-6)

Saturday, June 22, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Children's Activity Room, Main Library

Join us for a morning of moving, singing, stories and yoga - Feel free to bring along your favorite stuffed animal. This program is recommended for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. Younger siblings are welcome too. 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, June 18, 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. Weather permitting, we will meet across the street at the labyrinth garden at the West Concord Union Church (1317 Main St). No registration required.

Read to a Dog at Fowler

Thursday, June 20, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join Samantha, a young golden retriever, on the 3rd Thursday of the month for a 10-15 minute reading session. No advance registration required. When you arrive, sign up and choose a book to read, and we will do our best to accommodate all interested participants! This program is designed for developing readers of all ages. 

Pollinator Week: Fowler Saturday Studio

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Backyard, Fowler Branch

Join Fowler staff to celebrate pollinator week with songs, stories and crafts. Rain location: Fowler Meeting Room. No registration required.

Pride at Fowler: Rainbow Crafts (For All Ages)

Saturday, June 22, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Celebrate Pride - Stop by Fowler for drop-in crafting to create all things rainbows and love! All ages welcome. No registration required.

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

Highlights from Special Collections: Esther Howe Wheeler Anderson: A Remarkable Life

Esther Howe Wheeler (1891-1985) was the second of six daughters of Frank Wheeler (1856-1919), founder of Frank Wheeler Farm at Nine Acre Corner, and his wife Lucie Howe Brigham Wheeler (1865-1918). After her father died in 1919, Esther operated the Frank Wheeler Farm, which included maintaining eight greenhouses and trucking produce to market.


In 1920, Esther married Leslie O. Anderson (1892- 1957). The couple had become acquainted through Leslie’s visits to Nine Acre Corner to pick up produce and make deliveries while he worked for Towle and Kent’s grocery store on Concord’s Milldam. Leslie joined his father as a partner in Anderson’s Market at age twenty-one in 1913, when they bought out Towle & Kent’s establishment. Esther and Leslie Anderson raised their family; they had three children and, eventually, sixteen grandchildren in the Frank Wheeler farmhouse at Nine Acre Corner. 

Esther also formed part of the social fabric of the town. She was a member of the First Parish in Concord, the Concord Art Association, and the Concord Antiquarian Society. She was an avid admirer of Concord author Henry David Thoreau and a founding member of the Thoreau Society.

Esther was also a gifted photographer with a particular fondness for landscape work in Concord and beyond and a familiarity with the work of earlier Thoreauvian photographers. She built an extensive body of interpretive landscape photographs and created slide lectures, most of which were inspired by Thoreau’s writings. You can view Esther’s extensive slide collection inventory here. Esther’s unique herb publications collection can be viewed here.

Thanks to a recent donation by Esther’s granddaughter, Kristin Anderson Emerson, Special Collections recently added Esther’s hand-written journal notebooks that she maintained while photographing the landscape of Concord.

The Concord Free Public Library’s rich collections of photographs by Alfred Winslow Hosmer, Herbert Wendell Gleason, and Esther Howe Wheeler Anderson, among others, all present a unique visual reading of Thoreau’s writings. You can see a sample of images by these photographers in an online exhibition, “Earth’s Eye, “ here.

Esther passed her interest in photography on to her son William, who founded Anderson Photo in Concord Center. And to her grandson, William “Billy” Wheeler Anderson, who compiled and published Thoreau Country: a slide lecture photographed & created by Esther Howe Anderson: selected quotes from the writings of Henry David Thoreau: the landscape of Concord, Massachusetts, which is available both in Special Collections and for check-out in the Library’s circulating collection.

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