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.

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.

Beede and Books 2022

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 11:30 am, then at 12:00 pm we transition to the Children’s Pool for water fun!

This free program happens once a month in 2022 on the following Fridays: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17.

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. With capacity restrictions in the Children’s Pool, we may split up into two groups. The first group will participate in the reading while the second group swims. Then we will switch half way through.

Registration is required. 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.

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.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301, 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 Nature Connection Programs at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is teaming up with The Nature Connection for more monthly programs and storytimes in 2022! 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.

We will offer a storytime geared for children aged 2 – 6 years on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30am – January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, and June 14. We will also offer a program for elementary students on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm – January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, and June 8.

We encourage families to register ahead of time at https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar so that we can provide enough materials. The Nature Connection designs programs to be accessible and inclusive for children of all backgrounds and abilities. We welcome all children to attend!

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.

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.

Teen Volunteering at the Concord Free Public Library – Information Session

Are you a teen or caregiver of a teen in need of community service hours? Look no further than the Concord Free Public Library! Join Teen Librarian Cary Stough Monday, May 23 from 6:30-7pm for a short informational session on the many opportunities available to teens, from craft preparation to creating and facilitating their own programs. This session will also serve as an abbreviated tour for those who have not had the pleasure of visiting the newly renovated building.

Teen volunteers have been the source of much of what makes the Concord Free Public Library such a vibrant, unique community space. It has been our honor to assist students from CCHS and elsewhere achieve their required community service hours. Given the library’s new expansion, the need for extra help has never been greater or more welcome. If you cannot make the session, or would like more information about the teen volunteering opportunities beforehand, please visit our website.

No registration required. Event will begin in the Teen Lounge and end in the Children’s Room.