Weekly Updates

May 17, 2024

  • In this issue: Wellness Week Events - Adult Programs - Virtual Films at Fowler - A Special Collections Program - Annual Book Sale & Volunteers - Children's Programs

Wellness Week at the Library

The Library addresses physical, mental, and emotional health with educational programs and services for the community during Wellness Week, May 18 - 25. These programs serve a variety of ages and families. All programs will take place in the Goodwin Forum at the Main Library.

Wellness Week: QPR Training

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone for help. Teens and adults are welcome to attend. This event is cosponsored by AB Cares and The Eliot Center. [Register for QPR Training]

Wellness Week: Opting for Growth by Embracing Stress and Emotions

Saturday, May 18, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Dr. Karin Hodges will shed light on the systems and professions that have inadvertently contributed to the rise of childhood mental illness and the widespread mental health crisis. This program is cosponsored by Raising Moxie. [Register for Opting for Growth]

Wellness Week: SoulCollage Creative Art Workshop

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

SoulCollage® is a creative and fun process of using your intuition and imagination to create a personal deck of collaged cards. In this workshop you will learn about the SoulCollage® practice and create your own soul cards. For patrons 18 and up. This SoulCollage® workshop is led by Lauren Owenmark, ATR-BC, LPC and sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for SoulCollage Creative Art Workshop]

Wellness Week: NAMI Sharing Our Stories

Monday, May 20, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) trained speakers share their personal experiences supporting a family member or loved one with a mental health condition. Audience members can ask questions and learn more about available resources. [Register for NAMI Sharing Our Stories]

Wellness Week: Yoga - Fit for Life

Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

BYOM (bring your own mat) for this gentle, flowing yoga experience with local instructor, Rama Valianti. Get your body moving and grooving and learn some new techniques to breathe, be present in every moment and keep your body healthy, agile and flexible in a welcoming, fun atmosphere. All levels are welcome, ages 16 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Yoga - Fit for Life]

Wellness Week: Yoga - Be Where Your Feet Are

Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

BYOM (bring your own mat!) for a flowing blend of movement, mayhem and shenanigans with local instructor, Rama Valiant. Hatha, vinyasa, and athletic yoga with a focus on fun, breathing and presence. All levels welcome, ages 16 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. [Register for Yoga - Be Where Your Feet Are]

Wellness Week: Read for WellBeing: Books about Wellness and Mindful Living

Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Front Lawn, Main Library

Join us for a lunchtime discussion about books that inspire healthy habits. Join Lara Wilson, who shares mindful books during her popular Thursday Morning Library Meditation, to explore popular wellness titles. Feel free to enjoy your lunch with us and we will provide tea. [Register for Read for WellBeing]

Wellness Week: Caring for Aging Adults

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join us for an informative panel on caregiving for aging parents and loved ones, including folks facing the challenges of Dementia. Nicole Saia, LICSW, will present on what to know about types of care, how to pay for care, safety tips for those with physical and cognitive challenges, how to interact with loved ones with dementia, and how to cope with the emotional aspects of caring for an aging loved one. Melissa DeMarino, MSW/LICSW, will delve further into Dementia and the patient and care partner experience, and will elicit the best practice frameworks around defining Dementia as a set of symptoms and habilitative ways to support those affected and their care partners in the home and community. [Register for Caring for Aging Adults]

Wellness Week: Wellness Planning

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Scott Francis (AKA Sunshine Scotty) will teach us about wellness planning and how to create a wellness plan. Teens and adults are welcome to attend. This program is cosponsored by MOAR and the Library. Sponsored by The Town of Concord Health Division. [Register for Wellness Planning]

Wellness Week: Drums Alive for Kids & Seniors

Saturday, May 25, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. [Register for 9:30 session]

Saturday, May 25, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. [Register for 10:30 session]

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Join Yachun Lin for Drums Alive, a unique sensory-motor drumming intergenerational program involving drumsticks, exercise balls and music. The rhythm of the drumming and movement patterns increase synchronization of brain wave activity and improve mental awareness. Children ages 4-10 and adults aged 65 and over are welcome to attend. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Adult Programs

Virtual Group Meditation with Be Well Be Here

Thursday, May 23, 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]

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, an FF contemporary romance by Ashley Herring Blake. Mocktails (non-alcoholic) will be served at the discussion. [Register for Romance Book Club]

Virtual Films at Fowler

Winter's Bone (2010)

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.

(Discussion Date on Zoom)

Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence, in an Oscar-nominated breakout performance) manages the household and takes care of her two younger siblings. Faced with the prospect of losing their home, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find her missing father.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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 Spring 2024 Films at Fowler Calendar]

A Special Collections Program

The Making of Joe Wheeler: A Concord Story

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

In celebration of Joseph Coolidge Wheeler, The Concord Free Public Library will host a screening of "The Making of Joe Wheeler: A Concord Story". This film was produced and directed by Concord resident Susan Orleans Rieder. 

The event will include an exhibition of selections from the Joseph Wheeler Collection, including manuscripts, photographs, and published material from Special Collections. Several Wheeler family members will also be present.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Joseph Wheeler Memorial Service and Reception on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road. 

[Read More and Register for Joe Wheeler Film Screening]

Annual Book Sale & Volunteers

Annual Book Sale

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

Front Lawn, Main Library

(Rain date: June 9)

Join us for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's 2024 Annual Book Sale on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Main Library front lawn.

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.

Get involved and volunteer to help at this wonderful community event - Sign up to volunteer for the Book Sale.

Children's Programs at the Main Library

Spring Storytime: An Announcement

In order to plan the summer programming, 10:30 a.m. Storytimes at the Main Library will be on break for the remainder of the month and will return on Monday, June 3. Musical Monday will still take place on Monday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. with the fabulous Alan Goodrich. Thank you for a wonderful spring and we look forward to seeing you in the summertime.

Musical Monday: Alan Goodrich

Monday, May 20, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Enjoy music and stories with Alan Goodrich - Alan is a guitarist and singer-songwriter/solo performer who presents live music concerts "for kids of all ages" including classic and current children's songs and original songs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. No registration required.

Make-it! Club: Extraordinary Earth Challenge

Wednesday, May 22, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Goodwin Forum, Main Library

Take the Extraordinary Earth Challenge and create your choice of several different crafts made with recycled materials. No registration required. Recommended for kids ages 5+ and their caregivers. If your child is ages 5-9, please be prepared to stay with your child for the duration of the event.

Korean Family Month: Samulnori Concert

Saturday, May 25, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Front Lawn, Main Library

Enjoy a live Samulnori concert by the Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago. The concert will be held on the Library Lawn. No registration required. For all ages.

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

Fowler Branch Children's Programs

Read to a Dog at Fowler

Thursday, May 23, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room, Fowler Branch

Join Samantha, a young golden retriever, 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. She is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation.

Fowler Sustainability Studio with Mothers Out Front

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 - 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 month we are celebrating the power and joy of traveling by bike. Please bring your child's helmet. We will help teach your child how to fit their helmet for every ride. This event is organized in collaboration with the Concord Chapter of Mothers Out Front. No registration required. 

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

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