Events

Crossroads Story/Craft at the Concord Free Public Library

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library is partnering with Crossroads – a student organization created by Concord Carlisle High School students to offer monthly story and craft programs that focus on important cultural, social, and diverse topics. Children in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join as we delve into subjects including culture, identity, and diversity!

The program will take place in the Children’s Activity Room at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00pm. The dates are as follows: November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, and June 16. No registration required.

The mission of Crossroads is for high school students to educate and engage with younger children about important social and political issues.

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Summer Artisans Fair 2022

Outdoor Summer Artisans Fair 2022 with a wide variety of items handmade by artists, artisans, photographers, florists, woodworkers, potters, jewelers, fiber artists, etc. An outdoor event on the front grounds of First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord. Ticket price: $3.00. A few artisans are still needed. Email pekindc@comcast.net to apply to rent a space.

Korean Family Month Celebrations at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library is partnering with the Korean Cultural Society of Boston to bring a celebration of Korean culture through the month of May.

Exhibition of Minwha (Korean Folk Painting):
Enjoy an exhibition of Minwha (Korean Folk Painting) from May 2-31 in the Main Library Gallery. The exhibition features Seongmin Ahn, Insun Cho, Sunhee Hur and Jaeok Lee. More information about the art work can be found at https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/exhibits

Korean Art and Craft
Children are invited to enjoy a celebration of Korean Art and Craft on Saturday, May 14 from 2-4 pm in the Children’s Library at the Main Library. No registration is required. Featured activities include:
* Folding color papers, with Isabelle Rhee (Heejin Kim)
* Clay cookies with Korean patterns, with clay artist, Jaeok Lee
* Cori Ahn will read from her book, My Name is Kimchee
* Children can have their photos taken in front of a cutout of a traditional Korean dress.
* Play traditional Korean games like Ddakgi.

Sijo Poetry:
Middle school students, high school students, and adults are invited to learn about Sijo, a traditional form of Korean poetry on Saturday, May 14 from 2:30-4:00pm at the Main Library. Professor Emeritus David McCann of Harvard University will share his expertise on Sijo, which is a Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka. David has translated and published a large number of sijo, both Classical as well as contemporary, and for several years at Harvard taught the course Writing Asian Poetry where students wrote poems following models in Classical Chinese, the Japanese haiku, and the sijo. His own book of sijo poems, Urban Temple, was translated into Korean and published in Korea. Register for this program at concordlibrary.org.

Music:
Enjoy Korean music on Saturday, May 21 at 7pm at the Main Library. Three Korean traditional instruments – Gayageum (Korean traditional zither), Janggu (drum), and Ajaeng (string instrument with a bow) – will be played by well known performers Kyung Sun Kim, Jihye Park, and Yoona Kim. Dr. Mina Cho, the founder of the ‘International Gugak Jazz Institute’, will also add fun by improvising on a keyboard with Yoona Kim. Register for this program at concordlibrary.org.

These events are generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Finger Skateboard Snack Sessions

Join finger skateboard amateur and new Teen Librarian Cary Stough for afternoons of finger skateboarding and excessive snacking on Wednesdays 5/11, 5/18, and 5/25 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Main Library. Ages 11-18. Set up a skatepark on the big Teen Lounge tables. Use cardboard and other materials, hone your maker instinct with various (safe) tools and equipment.

This is a chance to hang out in the new space with friends, make new friends, listen to tunes, and unleash your inner, dextrous Tony Hawk.

Participants will also have the opportunity to vote on upcoming crafts and events at the Teen Lounge, and learn about all that we already have planned for Summer 2022.

No registration required.

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

Sticker Party

Pick ‘em, peel ‘em, stick ‘em! The Concord Free Public Library invites teens (age 11-18) to the Sticker Party extravaganza on Saturday, May 21, from 1-2 pm. Join brand new Teen Librarian, Cary Stough, in the brand new Teen Lounge at the CFPL Main Branch. Bring your laptops, your hydroflasks, your Airpod cases, your backpacks—and customize with sharpies and so many stickers. Free blank notebooks, water bottles, and ceramic mugs will be available on a first come basis. And, of course, so many stickers!

This is a great opportunity to show your individuality. Make new friends or break in the newly renovated space with old pals. Participants will also have the opportunity to vote on upcoming crafts and events at the Teen Lounge, and learn about all that we already have planned for Summer 2022.

No registration required. Feel free to drop by or stick around for the whole thing.

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