Winter Solstice Celebration

Many Celebrations this Winter Solstice


Flickering firelight illuminates small hands gluing, weaving, and cutting. Are these elves in the North Pole? Nope, these are the kids and families participating in this year’s Winter Solstice Celebration!


You may recall last year’s blow-out Solstice at the Old Manse. Families, friends, and strangers who became friends gathered around the fire pit singing carols like “Deck the Hall” and “O Tannenbaum.”  Voices of the Earth, the Arts & Environment chorus, lit hundreds of candles handed out to the crowd. Everyone heartily drank warm cider and roasted marshmallows on the fire. This year, you can guess, is slightly different. We won’t be at the Old Manse. But we still plan to celebrate the Solstice! Instead of gathering in one spot on one day, we’re celebrating over many days.


Ninjas in Nature is hosting a Winter Ninja Festival to enjoy the freedom of running around outside and the satisfaction of building your own fire.



In our winter self-care workshop, gather what brings you warmth and joy during dark months and create reflective collage art before hibernating at home.


Finally, families can craft their own solstice ornaments at Concord Market. Glue, cut, and weave lily stem stars. Twist and tie fabric evergreen trees. Wrap cranberry wreaths to hang on the tree. Don’t forget to visit Concord Market and pick up some hot cocoa or cider to enjoy!


Join us around the community fire this Solstice for all these outdoor, winter workshops. To learn more about and sign up for our collection of Winter Solstice activities, visit the Arts & Environment class page. Who knows how you’ll light up this Winter Solstice!


Concord’s Climate Preparedness Week

Climate Preparedness Week begins September 23!

Climate Preparedness Week banner

Concord recognizes September 23-30, 2020 as “Climate Preparedness Week”

Concord has committed to taking action on climate by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and preparing to be resilient to the changes to our climate that we are already experiencing, including extreme heat, extreme precipitation, intense storms, and increased flooding.

For the second year, Concord Free Public Library and the Sustainability Division are collaborating to participate in Climate Preparedness Week, a nationwide initiative organized by CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather).

We invite and encourage all residents to join us in recognizing Climate Preparedness Week by participating in events hosted by Concord Free Public Library.

Join us for a week of virtual events! Learn more on the CFPL Events Calendar.

The Climate Ribbon Project

All week 9/23-9/30 – Outside Concord Free Public Library

The Climate Ribbon is an arts ritual to grieve what each of us stands to lose to Climate Chaos, and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it. Share what you most love and don’t want to lose to climate change. Write and share what you most love and don’t want to lose to climate change on a 2-foot ribbon. Use a ribbon or strip of fabric from home or pick one up from the Main Library’s Sudbury entrance area. Drop off your completed ribbon in the collection box at the Main Library’s Sudbury entrance area, or tie your ribbon with the other ribbons on display.


The Climate Reality & How to Talk to Your Kids About It

Virtual presentations by long-time Climate Reality mentors:

Keith Bergman, Concord Resident, retired municipal manager, MAPC past president

Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of Climate Mama and Author of Talking to Your Kids about Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action

Wednesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM (Premiering on Facebook Live)

Tune in for virtual presentations from two influencers and leaders in the climate movement, Keith Bergman and Harriet Shugarman– both long-time mentors with The Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Through a Climate Reality “Truth in 10” presentation, learn about the climate crisis and its solutions from Concord resident Keith Bergman, one of the first fifty trained by Mr. Gore in 2006, and a leader of Climate Reality’s Boston Metro Chapter.

Learn how to talk to your kids about climate change from author Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director of ClimateMama, chair of Climate Reality’s New York City Metro Chapter, and recipient of Climate Reality’s 2017 Green Ring Award.

Community Idea Session – Sustainability and Climate Action for Concord Free Public Library

Friday, September 25th at 12:00 PM (Register for Zoom Meeting)

Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM (Register for Zoom Meeting)

Join us for a 1-hour online community input session about the Library Corporation’s sustainability planning work. Learn about the sustainability baselining that the committee has done and share your ideas for a sustainable Concord Free Public Library.


Film Discussion – Call of the Forest

Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM (Register for film and Zoom discussion)

Join us for a discussion of the film, Call of the Forest. Take a walk in the woods with beloved Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet. Screen the film in advance between 9/23 and 9/29. Register here and we will send you a link to the film and the Zoom discussion.


Children’s Story Hour

Wednesday September 23rd at 10:00 AM (Zoom)

Join Library staff on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes! This program is geared for pre-schoolers, but all ages are welcome to join. The stories this week will focus on sustainability and gratitude for our earth. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Nature Connection Storytimes

Tuesday September 29th at 10:30 AM (Register for Zoom)

Tuesday September 29th at 3:00 PM (Register for Zoom)

Wednesday September 30th at 4:00 PM (Register for Zoom)

Join The Nature Connection through Zoom as we explore plants and animals, geek out over nature, and connect with ourselves and those around us in new ways – all through nature-based stories and poems! 3 storytimes are available for different age groups.

The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection.

Join us during Climate Preparedness Week as we explore how plants and animals respond to changes in their environment, the importance of bio-diversity and amazing resiliency of nature.