Events

2022 Summer Reading Program at the Concord Free Public Library

This summer “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” at the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL)! The CFPL Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 6 through Friday, Aug 12 and is free and open to children of all ages.

Visit the Main Library or Fowler Branch to register and collect your prizes. Everyone gets a necklace and brag tag for joining the program. Kids earn beads for their necklace by reading and completing challenges on our weekly bingo boards. Our youngest patrons get to earn cute rubber duckies!

Additionally, every week our library mascots, Henry T. and Weezie Owl, will be flying around Concord and hiding out in different spots. If you spot them, mark your bingo board and you can win prizes!

Throughout the summer, families and children can enjoy drop-in programs every weekday at 10:30am:

Mondays – music concerts
Tuesdays – craft programs
Wednesdays and Thursdays – storytimes
Fridays – puppet shows

In addition to daily drop-in programs, there will be a host of other exciting activities.

NEW TIME: On Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30am, children ages 6 and up can meet award-winning children’s author Wafa’ Tarnowksa at the Main Library. Wafa’ will read aloud from her new, critically acclaimed picture book, “Nour’s Secret Library”. Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport, and create safe spaces during difficult times — especially times of war. Afterwards, participants can get their books signed by the author.

On Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30am, children ages 4 and up can meet acclaimed children’s illustrator and author D.B. Johnson at the Main Library! Johnson has made a distinct mark in the world of children’s literature by introducing kids to the important ideas and work of Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell, M. C. Escher, and René Magritte. Children are invited to bring their own copies of D.B. Johnson’s books from home and get them autographed by the author!

On Thursday, July 7 at 7pm, Concord favorite Rockabye Beats will perform a family concert on the Main Library Lawn as part of the 2022 Concerts On the Lawn series. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. In case of rain, the concert will take place in the Forum.

On Wednesday, July 20 at 4pm, children of all ages are invited to join Animal World Experience on the Main Library Lawn. Discover the world of animals like never before – meet and touch unusual animals that are seldom seen in the wild except by seasoned experts.

On Monday, August 1st at 2pm, children can join in on an Insect Safari with Professor Bugman at the Main Library. This outdoor science event will help children build important scientific skills through hands-on experience, all while providing scientific supervision, mentorship, and subject matter expertise with a real veteran entomologist. In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled to Tuesday, August 2nd at 2pm.

On Wednesday, August 10th at 10:30am, we celebrate the culmination of the 2022 “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Summer Reading Program with Circus Minimus, a One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase performance. Enjoy an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination at the Main Library!

For more information about the Summer Learning Program, including where and how kids can sign up to participate, visit https://concordlibrary.org/kids/summer-reading-2022. For information about all our summer events, visit: https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar.

All programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Musical Mondays in July at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library hosts free musical concerts on Mondays at 10:30am for children ages 0-6 years and their caregivers at the Main Library.

On Monday, July 11, join us for a free concert with Tom Sieling, widely acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitar, banjo, and drum machine player from the New York Finger Lakes. Tom has delighted tens of thousands in over thirty years of performing. The concert will include fun, participatory camp songs with lots of audience interaction. In keeping with the “Read off the Beaten Path” Summer Reading Program theme, Tom will include the most cool, interesting nature facts and pictures he can dig up, along with lots of encouragement of children’s lifelong participation in hiking, camping, music, reading, and libraries. No registration required.

On Monday, July 18, Concord favorite Rockabye Beats joins us again! They are a fun, family group whose music is reminiscent of founder Marcos Valles’ Puerto Rico. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. Enjoy movement, dancing, counting, singing, and a little bit of Spanish vocabulary. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time! No registration required.

On Monday, July 25, learn to play campfire songs on the ukulele with Julie Stepanek. Children will learn how to hold, tune, strum, make chords, and play songs on the ukulele. This program is geared for children 4 and up. Registration is required for this event. Please register by visiting our Events Calendar at concordlibrary.org.

Thank you to The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library for generously sponsoring all of the Musical Monday concerts.

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.

Brush Lettering for Teens with Artist Claire Sun

The multi-talented, social media famous artist Claire Sun has returned to the Concord Free Public Library. Last summer, she dazzled participants with the popular Bullet Journaling workshop. This summer, on July 9 and July 23 from 1-3pm, she’ll be introducing us to the world of brush lettering.

Brush lettering is characterized by thick lines on the down strokes of letters and thin lines on upstrokes. That means each time you move your pen in a downward motion, you have to create a thick line based on the angle of your pen and the amount of pressure you use. Supplies will be provided by the presenter.

Please register individually, and give ample notice if you must cancel your registration. Each session is limited to 12 participants. Sessions are separate, and priority for the second session will be given to patrons who did not attend the first session. Program is reserved for teens only, ages 11-18. All identities welcome.

Thank you to The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library for generously sponsoring this program.

“How to Bake a Universe” with Author Alec Carvlin

Calling all cosmic chefs! Alec Carvlin will be reading his debut picture book, How to Bake a Universe, at the Concord Free Public Library (Main Library Branch) on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30am! Kids will love decorating their own cosmic sunglasses, hearing the book read aloud by the author, and asking questions about the fun and funky science at the end. This program is geared for children ages 4 – 8 years old. No registration required.

Alec Carvlin is an author and designer drawn to all things creative. He is also a former choirboy, a Dartmouth College graduate, a cancer survivor, and a helpless romantic. In his free time, he cooks, bakes, and makes funny faces at his niece and nephew, Liana and Elliott. Baking universes is one of his favorite hobbies, though he’s still working on getting them to that perfect level of crispiness. He writes his picture books outside of Boston.

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.

Concerts on the Lawn 2022 at the Concord Free Public Library

The 2022 season of Concerts On the Lawn at the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) features three free concerts on Thursday evenings in July! Bring a blanket or chair, some bug spray, and enjoy a picnic on the Main Library Lawn. In case of rain, the concerts will take place inside in the Goodwin Forum. No registration is required for these concerts.

On Thursday, July 7 at 7 pm, Rockabye Beats will perform a concert for families and folks of all ages. The universal language of music is easily found in Rockabye Beats’ songs, which are reminiscent of founder Marcos Valles’ Puerto Rico. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. Enjoy movement, dancing, counting, singing, and a little bit of Spanish vocabulary. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time!

On Thursday, July 14 at 7pm, Knock on Wood performs high-energy acoustic folk-rock, featuring a duo including singer-songwriter Howie Newman. Combining acoustic guitar with fiddle, mandolin and pleasing vocal harmonies, the duo performs classic rock covers and funny original music for all ages. It will be a family-friendly concert that may include a few children’s songs and music for senior citizens. For more information, including videos and music samples, visit www.howienewman.com/knockonwood.

On Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm, the CFPL welcomes Pete Kilpatrick, a Maine based singer/songwriter who has released nine albums and has performed with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies, Marc Cohn (“Walking in Memphis”), David Gray, and many others. His original music has been featured on over 15 network television shows including The Office, Parks and Recreation, and New Girl. Check out more information about Pete at www.petekilpatrickband.com.

The Concert on the Lawn series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

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.

Meet Children’s Author and Illustrator D.B. Johnson

On Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30am, children ages 4 and up can meet acclaimed children’s illustrator and author D.B. Johnson at the Main Library! Johnson has made a distinct mark in the world of children’s literature by introducing kids to the important ideas and work of Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell, M. C. Escher, and René Magritte. Children are invited to bring their own copies of D.B. Johnson’s books from home and get them autographed by the author!