Events

College Admissions Series at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library invites teens and their parents to join a free weekly series on college admissions. Educational consultants Richard Montauk and Renate Gundermann will cover a wide range of topics and answer all your questions. The program will take place every Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Periodical Room at the Main Library (129 Main Street Concord, MA), beginning September 2 and running through December 16. Come to any or all of the workshops!

Topics include:
Sept. 2: Selecting Colleges
Sept. 9: Applying to the Top Colleges
Sept. 16: Crushing Your College Essays
Sept. 30: Backdoor–But Legal–Routes into the Ivy League
Oct. 7: The Advantages of Doing a Degree Abroad
Oct. 14: Priceless Education on a Tight Budget
Oct. 21: Crushing Your College Essays
Oct. 28: Selecting Colleges
Nov. 4: Applying to the Top Colleges
Nov. 18: Crushing Your College Essays
Dec. 2: Interviewing for College and College Scholarships
Dec. 16: Surviving the Last-Minute College Application Scramble

Richard Montauk is the author of a series of best-selling guides, all published by Prentice Hall, including How to Get Into the Top Colleges and How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs. His most recent books include College Interviews: The Definitive Guide and Getting into Brown: Successful Applicants’ Essays, Resumes, and Interviews. He received a BA in literature from Brown University, an MA in government from Harvard, and an MS in finance as well as a JD from Stanford Law School. Pursuant to a graduate fellowship, he also studied at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). Learn more at richardmontauk.com.

Renate Gundermann grew up in Carlisle and attended Concord Academy and Concord-Carlisle High School. She graduated cum laude in English from Harvard and had a finance career in Boston before returning to her love of English. She then completed her master’s degree and taught English for a decade. She counseled hundreds of students and helped them make their college essays powerful and captivating. Learn more at https://www.barrettsmillconsulting.com/

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Read to Luna the Dog Live! Fall 2021 Sessions

The Concord Free Public Library invites children to “Read to Luna the Dog Live!” on the Main Library Lawn the third Wednesday of each month between 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The upcoming dates to read to Luna are Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15. When the weather gets cooler or if there is rain, Luna will meet with readers inside the Main Library.

Luna is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children?

This event is for children ages 5 and up. Children are invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance: https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar

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Nature Connections Fall and Winter Programs at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is teaming up with The Nature Connection for monthly programs and storytimes! We invite children to a nature themed storytime where they get to meet an animal and explore nature hands-on. Programs will take place in-person at the Main Library.

On Tuesday, September 28 at 4 pm, we will have a special program for all ages exploring the theme of climate change.
Starting in October, we will offer a storytime for pre-K children on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am – October 12, November 9, and December 8. We will also offer a program for elementary students on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm – October 13, November 10, and December 14.

We encourage families to register ahead of time on the CFPL website so that we can provide enough materials, but registration is not required! The Nature Connection designs programs to be accessible and inclusive for children of all backgrounds and abilities. We welcome all children to attend!

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It’s Halloween! Party at the Concord Free Public Library

Oh The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Halloween celebration on Friday, October 29 between 4 pm – 5:30 pm. Get a sneak peak at the future Children’s Room and Makerspace! See the new Children’s Garden! Come in costume! We’ll have spooky stories, crafts, cookies and a pumpkin decorating contest. All ages are welcome. Library staff as well as representatives from the Concord Free Public Library Committee, the Concord Free Public Library Corporation and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will be on hand to welcome you to the future space. We’ll also have some special VIP guests from our community!

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6th Annual Scarecrow Festival at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library will host the 6th annual Scarecrow Festival on October 16 – 31. Gather your family! Visit the Main Library’s front lawn and the Fowler Library’s lawn to enjoy all the creative scarecrows made by local organizations! This year’s participants include: Appleton Design Group, Artscape at Bradford Mill, Beede Center, Children’s Meeting House Preschool, Colonial Inn, Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord Middle School, Concord Police Department, Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, Magic Garden Preschool, Nashoba Brook Bakery, Nashoba Brooks School, Open Table, Orangetheory, TimberNook Middlesex County, Village Art Room, and the Visitor Center.

For more information, contact Royce McGrath, Supervisor of Children’s Services at RNMcGrath@minlib.net. 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.

Halloween Harvest: Ghosts, Goblins, and More with Storyteller Davis Bates

The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Halloween storytelling program with Parents’ Choice Award winning performer Davis Bates on Tuesday, October 26 at 4 pm. The program is recommended for ages 5 years and older, as well as adults. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place at Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow St, Concord, MA. No registration is required for this program.

This is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season, with traditional and true life ghost stories, supernatural tales, and songs about the harvest and turning of the earth. The program will include amusing folktales about spirits and shapeshifters, and a couple of not-too-scary true-life ghost stories that Davis has collected over the years, including one from his own family. It also includes trick or treat and harvest sing alongs with very sing-able choruses that will be taught to the audience. Some of the songs will be accompanied by rhythms played on spoons from a kitchen drawer and percussion instruments from around the world. There will be an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named “Bingo.”

Pete Seeger calls Davis “thoughtful, creative, human, and a fantastic storyteller.” Davis’ traditional and participatory style of telling is a refreshing change from videos and passive televised entertainment, empowering and encouraging audiences of all ages to join in the fun, and to take the stories home with them to share with others. He also encourages listeners to remember and tell stories from their own family and cultural tradition.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over forty years, in schools, libraries, colleges, and community settings around New England and across the country. His recording of Family Stories won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was named one of that year’s best Audio Recordings by Booklist Magazine and is available as a free download on his website, www.davisbates.com. Davis has also served as director and consultant for several local and regional oral history and folk arts projects. Davis lives in the village of Shelburne Falls, MA, and when he isn’t collecting or learning stories he spends his time working with the Hampshire College Alumni Advisory Group and gardening on the Hampshire campus and at home.

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Family Trees Program at the Concord Free Public Library

Calling all teens and tweens! The Concord Free Public Library will host three craft programs for middle schoolers and high school students to create a tree for Concord Museum’s annual Family Trees celebration. The programs will take place in the Main Library’s Lower Level Meeting Room on:

Monday, October 18 at 4 pm
Wednesday, October 20 at 1 pm
Monday, October 25 at 4 pm

Come to any or all of the drop-in programs. No registration needed.
The tree will be inspired by the book Let’s Taco About How Great You Are by Bob Holt. The Library will provide all craft materials, as well as snacks.

For more information, contact Lauren McClure, at LMcClure@minlib.net.

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.