Weekly Updates

March 22, 2024

  • The Concord Free Public Library will be closed on Sunday, March 31 for the holiday.
  • In this issue: Doris Kearns Goodwin on CBS News Sunday Morning - Adult Programs - Poetry at the Library - Makerspace Programs - Teen Programs - Children's Programs - Highlights from Special Collections

Doris Kearns Goodwin on CBS News Sunday Morning

Last week, on March 15, CBS News Correspondent Robert Costa was seated in the Library's Goodwin Forum in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin regarding her latest book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s (Simon & Schuster), available April 16.

The interview will be broadcast on CBS News Sunday Morning on March 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

The Goodwin Forum, named in honor of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Richard Goodwin, honors the Goodwins' contributions to American political and historical thought and their love for the Town of Concord. The Forum features the Goodwin Forum Collection, of over 3,000 books selected from the Goodwins' personal library.

Adult Programs

Radical Spirits: The Material Culture of Drinking at Minute Man National Historical Park

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library (Please note the correct location of the event.)

Join Minute Man National Historical Park’s museum curator Nikki Walsh for a lecture about the material culture related to drinking in the park’s collections. This lecture will focus on 18th-century drinking culture and include aspects of drink in earlier and later periods of history. No registration required.

Women of the Great Field: The Robbins and Garrison Women and Their Neighbors

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us for a Women's History discussion with The Robbins House on the history of the women residents of the Great Field, a predominantly African American and indigenous area of Concord in the 19th century. Hear some of the stories and accomplishments of women like Lydia Bay, Fatima Robbins, Susan Garrison and others who lived and worked on the periphery of the town in the 1800s. [Register for Women's History Discussion]

Author Talks with the Concord Women Writers: Poetry & Children's Writing

Wednesday, March 27, 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 final event of this delightful series with multimedia poet Ros Zimmermann and systems thinker and children’s writer Linda Booth Sweeney. Concord Women Writers, a group of published authors from the Boston Area, have been meeting monthly for almost fifteen years to encourage one another in a field that has not historically favored women. [Register for Women Writers Author Talk]

Virtual Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here

Thursday, March 28, 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]

Bizarre Birds with Dr. Steve Hale

Monday, April 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

With over 10,000 bird species in the world, there are some extreme examples that stretch our understanding of what it means to be a bird. Join us as we kick off Earth Month with Dr. Steve Hale of Open World Explorers for this entertaining and educational program featuring extreme examples of birds and bird biology. All ages welcome. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Birds Talk]

Poetry at the Library

Poetry at the Library: Nadia Colburn and Sandra Lim

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with the meditative and empathic Nadia Colburn and Sandra Lim.

Nadia Colburn will read from her new collection, I Say the Sky (University Press of Kentucky 2024). She is also the author of The High Shelf (The Word Works Press 2019). Her poetry and prose have appeared in more than eighty publications, including The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Spirituality & Health, Lion's Roar, and the The Yale Review.

Sandra Lim will read from her latest collection, The Curious Thing (W.W. Norton 2021). Her previous books are The Wilderness (W.W. Norton 2014), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize selected by Louise Glück, and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press 2006). She has received the 2023 Jackson Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the Levis Reading Prize.

The poets will engage in a Q & A, followed by book signings and light refreshments. Poetry at the Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Poetry Reading]

A Makerspace Workshop Program

Open Studio with Minuteman Media Network

Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Workshop, Main Library

This is the final session - Minuteman Media Network in Concord is coming to you live and in-person at the Workshop every Tuesday morning this March. Make a one-on-one appointment with one of their community media experts for personalized advice, training and brainstorming help. [Register for Open Studio]

Teen Programs

Teen Library (Robot) Fight Club

Tuesday, March 26, 3:30 - 4:30 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. [Register for Robot Fight Club]

Teen Dungeons and Dragons

Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Teen Lounge, Main Library

Try your hand at tabletop heroics in our new and ongoing game. Build a character, choose your weapon and lay waste to nasty critters with a roll of the dice. Please note space is limited. Please contact Erick at egordy@minlib.net prior to attending.

Teens and Parents: Meet Brainfuse

Thursday, March 28, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

We will be doing a live demo and Q&A for our new online tutoring and college prep service called Brainfuse. This resource is a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles for all common subjects from Kindergarten through college. There is even resources for job seekers and citizenship. Come check it out. 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. & Sensory-Friendly Storytime at 4:00 p.m.

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

Thursdays: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Musical Monday: Music & Movement with Julie Stepanek

Monday, March 25, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Featuring songs you know and some songs you might not know, join musician Julie Stepanek and stretch, stomp, sing and shake out your sillies--all to the sweet sounds of the ukulele. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

Make-it! Club

Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 26, 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.

Green Routes to School with the CCHS Green Team (Ages 12 & under)

Wednesday, March 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join the Concord-Carlisle High School Green Team to learn about green transportation. High school students will read to the group and we will learn why turning car engines off when parked (no idling) will help protect air quality and everyone's health. We will talk about what we love about walking and biking and then make signs together in preparation for Earth Month. [Register for Green Routes]

Fowler Sustainability Studio with Mothers Out Front

Saturday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join us for a special edition of Fowler's Saturday Studio with Mothers Out Front. Together, we will explore sustainability themes through a mix of stories, songs, crafting and hands-on activities. This event is organized in collaboration with the Concord Chapter of Mothers Out Front, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to ensure a livable climate and better future for all children.

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

Highlights from Special Collections: Spring Exhibitions & Programs

Frank Thayer Merrill’s Illustrations of Roberts Brothers’ 1880 edition of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

On view in the exhibition cases in the Connector between Circulation and the Commons. Special Collections displays 29 of Merrill’s original drawings from its collection alongside the 1880 edition of Little Women

An Upcoming Program:

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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