Events

The Summer Concert Series at Nashoba Brooks School

6 weeks of family-friendly fun open to the community at large! Come join us!
Thursday Nights July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18 starting at 5 PM

Culture, community, and connection. What better way to combine these components than with a healthy dose of family-friendly fun at The Summer Concert Series at Nashoba Brooks School? This summer we have lined up a phenomenal field of musicians to share their art, lift our spirits, and bring people together in a beautiful outdoor space!

Season Passes and Weekly tickets are available.

July 14: Renée Tatum

July 21: Kaiti Jones

July 28: NorthStar Duo

August 4: Fabiola Mendez Trio

August 11: Ball in the House

August 18: Ward Hayden & The Outliers

The Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of:

Okemo Capital Management; Idylwilde Farms, and several more local organizations.

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.

On Tuesday, June 21 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.

Hungry to Help at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is introducing a new, monthly program for elementary school children brought to you in partnership by the Library and Open Table, a local food pantry serving Concord and surrounding communities. This hands-on program will take place Wednesday, May 25 and Wednesday, June 29 from 3pm-4pm in the Children’s Activity Room at the CFPL’s Main Branch. We will use different stories and activities each month to help educate children and facilitate discussion on food insecurity. Children will decorate a bag and fill it with food provided by Open Table in support of the Open Table Kids’ Bags program. Kids who attend will also learn about Open Table and the positive impact their organization makes for children and others in the community. We know that Kids are Hungry to Help!

Food Donations – (Optional) Have your child bring a food donation. Shopping with your child is another great way to involve them.

In-Need – If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please leave a message at 978-369-2275 or email info@opentable.org.
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.

2022 Rockabye Beats Concerts Hosted by the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library hosts monthly free, family-friendly concerts featuring Rockabye Beats on the fourth Monday of each month at 10:30 am. Rockabye Beats’ 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. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time!

Mark your calendar and join us on January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27.

Programs will take place in-person at the Main Library or virtually due to COVID-19 precautions – visit concordlibrary.org for more information. Come sing, dance, and get a little loco with the Rockabye Beats Band! All concerts are 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.

Music at the Blissful at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library will host a monthly family-friendly Music and Movement program featuring Music at the Blissful on Saturdays at 10:30am at the Main Library on:
* March 12th
* April 9th
* May 14th

In the case of continuing COVID-19 precautions, these programs may be virtual or rescheduled. Visit the Events Calendar at concordlibrary.org for the most up-to-date information.

Music at the Blissful is a high-energy, interactive movement and music experience for children of all ages. Be ready to move, shake, bounce, jump, and stomp as we become dinosaurs, bunnies, alligators, and cars. These programs are fun for the whole family!

Check out the music and performances before class by viewing “Music At The Blissful” on YouTube.

These programs are 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.

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.

Musical Mondays in May 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. No registration is required for these performances.

On Monday, May 2, enjoy interactive story songs with Elijah T. Grasshopper and Friends. From the wake up song “Tick Tock, Alarm Clock” to a hide-and-seek adventure with “Willa the Worm”, children love to participate. A master at making kids hop, wiggle, and giggle, Elijah is joined by Emma the “Go Go Green” Bean, “The Orange Farmer” and their puppet pals, “Willa the Worm”, and “Weatherbee Frog”. Elijah and his friends teach kids funky dance moves like the Bumpity Bump and the Pumpkin Dance, all the while promoting a message of social harmony.

On Monday, May 9, Alan Goodrich – a guitarist and singer-songwriter solo performer – will entertain for all ages, including classic and current children’s songs and original songs. In addition to his solo performances, Alan is the lead singer and drummer for the band Alan and the Alligators (a rock group based out of Concord, MA) and has also performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Platters, T Lavitz (of The Dixie Dregs and Jefferson Starship fame), The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), Dave Mattacks (of Paul McCartney and Elton John fame), and others. Alan’s original music CDs have been added at over 75 radio stations across the US and Canada and have charted in the Top Ten at college radios. Alan resides in Concord, MA where he is a music teacher in addition to being a live music performer. For more information, you can visit his website: www.alligatorsband.com.

On Monday, May 16, the Children’s Library welcomes a performance from Alastair Moock! Moock is a Grammy Nominee (Best Children’s Album), three-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Children’s Music Award. A songwriter and performer for 25 years, Moock has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe playing for adults, kids, and everyone in between. Like his boyhood hero Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide, for all occasions.

On Monday, May 23, Concord favorite Rockabye Beats joins us again! Rockabye Beats 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 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!

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.