Weekly Updates

June 7, 2024

  • The Concord Free Public Library will be closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.
  • The Main Library's summer hours start on June 17.
  • In this issue: Annual Book Sale - Summer Concert - Summer Reading Program - Adult Programs - Virtual Films at Fowler - Children's Programs - Munroe Gallery June Exhibition

Annual Book Sale

Annual Book Sale

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Front Lawn, Main Library

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's 2024 Annual Book Sale.

The proceeds from the Friends (June) Annual Book Sale, (December) Holiday Book Sale and on-going Friends Bookshop sales fund the Library programs, museum passes, eBooks, large print and audiovisual materials, and staff professional development.

Volunteers are still needed. Get involved and volunteer to help at this wonderful community event - Sign up to volunteer at the Book Sale.

Please Note - Friday, May 31 was the last day to donate books to the Book Sale. The Friends will take a hiatus and resume accepting book donations on June 16.

Summer Concert

Groove into Summer with Pan Loco

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Front Lawn, Main Library

Start your summer season with a free concert on the lawn of the Main Library. This family-friendly performance features Pan Loco - a steel band that brings a Caribbean vibe to a range of musical styles. Audience requests are always welcome, so bring a blanket or chair and get ready to groove. Rain location: Goodwin Forum, Main Library. No registration required.

The concert kicks off the Library’s summer reading program and you can sign up on the spot.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 10

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 Programs

Tuesday Book Discussion: Foster by Claire Keegan

Tuesday, June 11, 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 June, we will discuss Foster by Claire Keegan. 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]

Cookbook Club: Portuguese Recipes

Wednesday, June 12, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

June is Portuguese Heritage Month. This month's books are Portuguese Home Cooking and Authentic Portuguese cooking: 185 classic Mediterranean-style recipes of the Azores, Madeira and Continental Portugal by Ana Patuleia Ortins. You are also welcome to select a recipe from her website. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for the Cookbook Club]


Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join Madeline from Fowler to discuss a range of mysteries, from thrillers to whodunnits. This month we will be meeting on June 12 due to the observance of Juneteenth on the third Wednesday of the month. We will be discussing All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris. No registration required.

Virtual Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here

Thursday, June 13, 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]

Fowler Art Opening: Still Life

Thursday, June 13, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join us for our newest community art show, curated by ArtScape at the Bradford Mill. Our summer show is Still Life. See how artists of all ages and experiences have interpreted this idea. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration required. (Picture: Painting by Giorgio Morandi)

Meet Cute Book Club

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Trustees Room, Main Library

This is a new Book Group - Join Library staff and discuss the most lucrative genre in publishing: romance. From contemporary rom-coms to romantasy to Regency romance, we will try an array of different subgenres. This month we will discuss Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake. Mocktails (non-alcoholic) will be served at the discussion. [Register for Romance Book Club]

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.

Begin Again (2014)

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

(Discussion Date on Zoom)

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine star in writer/director John Carney’s evocative story about the search for success in New York’s music world.

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]

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: Rockabye Beats

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

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Enjoy movement, dancing, counting, singing and a little bit of Spanish vocabulary with Rockabye Beats. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

Make-it! Club : Rainbow Edition

Wednesday, June 12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us every Wednesday afternoon for an awesome craft, art project or engineering puzzle - This week, we will be making parade flags and rainbow headbands. 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 Storytime (Ages 5 & under)

Tuesday, June 11, 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.

Messy Fun at Fowler (Ages 5 & under)

Thursday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Drop by the Fowler backyard weekly for a range of activities from play dough to blocks. Stay for 15 minutes or for the full hour. We will have different stations, allowing for child-guided play and socializing. No registration required.

Lego Club at Fowler (Ages 12 and under)

Friday, June 14, 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. No registration required.

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

Munroe Gallery June Exhibition

Swimming in Starlight and Other Stories: Woodcut Relief Prints by Annie Downes Catterson

June 2 - June 30

Munroe Gallery, Main Library

Artist Statement - Much of my work has developed out of my interest in Native American legends and indigenous art forms. Although I work in several different media, my focus has been predominately on the woodcut relief print.

Over the years, I have illustrated four books of Cree Indian legends, which I transcribed from the ethnographic notes, myths, and legends that my father, P.G. Downes (1909-1959) a North American Indian ethnologist, writer and Northern explorer, collected in the 1930s. Kyass (2011), The Legend of the Mimigwesseos (1999), Wisakyjak and the New World (1991) and The Story of Chakapas (1987) were published by Penumbra Press in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The images in the series are large black and white woodcut relief prints and comprise my on-going exploration of the totemic qualities of animals and the natural world.

[Read More About the Exhibition and the Artist]

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