Events

Beede and Books Storytime 2022 – 2023

The Beede Swim and Fitness Center and the Concord Free Public Library are teaming up to bring you Beede and Books. This is a free program available to all. Join us at the Beede Center for a Friday collaboration of reading and swimming. A librarian will read books at 1:30pm, then we transition to the Children’s Pool for water fun!

This free program happens once a month, usually (but not always!) on the last Monday of each month:
September 26
October 31
November 28
December 19
January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 19

Families do not need to have a Beede membership, but caregivers do need to be in the water with their child for the 30 minutes of Children’s Pool time. One child per parent.

Sign up your child and have them arrive in their swimsuit. Registration is required for each session. Please register by visiting “Recreation Town of Concord: Beede & Books” (myrec.com).

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for our e-Newsletter, or visit us online at concordlibrary.org. Engage with us by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Visit the Concord Museum: 27th Annual Family Trees Exhibit

The Concord Museum’s 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opens Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and runs through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Family Trees is one of the happiest and funnest events I know! Kids, holidays, and reading–what could be better? What an honor it is to be honorary chair of this wonderful event! I can’t wait to connect with all the families this year and hang out with the kids amid the beautiful, decorated trees–presided over by the surely-smiling spirits of Emerson and Thoreau.”

– Award-winning author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, Honorary Chair, Family Trees, 2022

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature begins on November 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023! Concord’s literary legacy is given a creative twist as 34 trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed children’s books.

Award-winning author and naturalist, Sy Montgomery, serves as the Honorary Chair of the 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Her recently published children’s book Becoming a Good Creature is featured in this year’s celebration. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Sy has been awarded the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her contributions to children’s literature and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and an international bestseller for her work in adult nonfiction.

A tradition for visitors and families to the Concord Museum for more than two decades, this year’s event will feature 34 decorated holiday trees and wreaths inspired by acclaimed works of children’s literature.

The 2022 booklist is here and the “Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators” is Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with: Shawn Fields, Jannie Ho, Sy Montgomery, Lucky Platt, Susan Edward Richmond, Melissa Stewart, Linda Booth Sweeney, and Maggie van Galen

Organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers as a benefit for the Museum’s education initiatives; Family Trees Chair: Pam Nelson.

Read to Laddie the Collie

Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills, emotional, and social skills for children? Read to a good listener who loves stories! The Concord Free Public Library invites children ages 5 years and up to “Read to Laddie the Collie” at the Children’s Library on the third Saturday of each month at 3pm on the following dates:

Oct 15
Nov 19
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17

Laddie is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation. He is a 6-year-old sable, rough collie, who has been an active therapy dog since 2018. Laddie loves to listen to stories, whether it is children reading at a library or residents at a nursing home sharing their life stories. With his big warm furry coat, Laddie loves the colder weather, especially the fall and winter.

Register for your own 15-minute session with Laddie through the Event Calendar at concordlibrary.org. Bring along a favorite book.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for our e-Newsletter, or visit us online at concordlibrary.org. Engage with us by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Visit the Concord Museum: 27th Annual Family Trees Exhibit

The Concord Museum’s 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opens Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and runs through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Family Trees is one of the happiest and funnest events I know! Kids, holidays, and reading–what could be better? What an honor it is to be honorary chair of this wonderful event! I can’t wait to connect with all the families this year and hang out with the kids amid the beautiful, decorated trees–presided over by the surely-smiling spirits of Emerson and Thoreau.”

– Award-winning author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, Honorary Chair, Family Trees, 2022

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature begins on November 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023! Concord’s literary legacy is given a creative twist as 34 trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed children’s books.

Award-winning author and naturalist, Sy Montgomery, serves as the Honorary Chair of the 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Her recently published children’s book Becoming a Good Creature is featured in this year’s celebration. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Sy has been awarded the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her contributions to children’s literature and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and an international bestseller for her work in adult nonfiction.

A tradition for visitors and families to the Concord Museum for more than two decades, this year’s event will feature 34 decorated holiday trees and wreaths inspired by acclaimed works of children’s literature.

The 2022 booklist is here and the “Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators” is Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with: Shawn Fields, Jannie Ho, Sy Montgomery, Lucky Platt, Susan Edward Richmond, Melissa Stewart, Linda Booth Sweeney, and Maggie van Galen

Organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers as a benefit for the Museum’s education initiatives; Family Trees Chair: Pam Nelson.

Introductory Language Classes for Children at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library is partnering with Concord Scholars Institute for Arts and Languages to host free monthly introductory language classes for children and their caregivers. Led by highly qualified, experienced, and creative native-speaking teachers, these foreign language classes focus on developing communicative skills while enhancing a cultural understanding of these languages. All sessions take place in the Main Library Children’s Activity Room and do not require registration.

Join us for Introduction to American Sign Language, geared for children ages 0 – 5 and their caregivers on Wednesday, October 12th from 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM.

On Wednesday, November 23rd from 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM join us for Introduction to German, geared towards elementary-aged children.

Join us for Introduction to Italian on Saturday, December 10th from 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM, also geared towards elementary-aged children.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for our e-Newsletter, or visit us online at concordlibrary.org. Engage with us by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Gingerbread House Kits at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library Children’s Department is offering children gingerbread house kits for the holiday season beginning Monday, December 12! Stop by the Main Library Children’s Department or the Fowler Branch Library to pick up your free kit. The kits will be provided on a first come, first served basis. One kit per family.

Please note: these kits contain small pieces. We recommend adult supervision for our youngest participants.

Thank you to The Concord Free Public Library Corporation for generously sponsoring this program!

Visit the Concord Museum: 27th Annual Family Trees Exhibit

The Concord Museum’s 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature opens Wednesday, November 23, 2022 and runs through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Family Trees is one of the happiest and funnest events I know! Kids, holidays, and reading–what could be better? What an honor it is to be honorary chair of this wonderful event! I can’t wait to connect with all the families this year and hang out with the kids amid the beautiful, decorated trees–presided over by the surely-smiling spirits of Emerson and Thoreau.”

– Award-winning author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, Honorary Chair, Family Trees, 2022

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature begins on November 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023! Concord’s literary legacy is given a creative twist as 34 trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes are decorated with charm and inspiration from acclaimed children’s books.

Award-winning author and naturalist, Sy Montgomery, serves as the Honorary Chair of the 27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Her recently published children’s book Becoming a Good Creature is featured in this year’s celebration. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Sy has been awarded the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her contributions to children’s literature and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and an international bestseller for her work in adult nonfiction.

A tradition for visitors and families to the Concord Museum for more than two decades, this year’s event will feature 34 decorated holiday trees and wreaths inspired by acclaimed works of children’s literature.

The 2022 booklist is here and the “Afternoon with Authors and Illustrators” is Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with: Shawn Fields, Jannie Ho, Sy Montgomery, Lucky Platt, Susan Edward Richmond, Melissa Stewart, Linda Booth Sweeney, and Maggie van Galen

Organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers as a benefit for the Museum’s education initiatives; Family Trees Chair: Pam Nelson.