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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Virtual Children’s Author Talk with Lucia Van Bebber

The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a virtual author talk with children’s author Lucia Van Bebber on Wednesday, October 6 at 2pm on Zoom. Learn more about how she writes stories for children in the hope of inspiring them to learn more about wildlife and wildlife conservation. Lucia’s goal is to help educate young minds in order to save animals that are now on the endangered species list and are on the verge of extinction.

Lucia started The LVB Project to promote education about wildlife as well as wildlife conservation and the protection of animals in all countries. A portion of all proceeds received through the sale of all Life of Kai books and products on the LVB Project website will go to organizations that help protect endangered or abused animals.

Lucia currently lives in Gaborone, Botswana where she continues her passion of wildlife photography and writing children’s adventure books.

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College Admissions and Community Service During COVID-19 (VIRTUAL)

The Concord Free Public Library will host a free Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions landscape on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 PM. This workshop is geared toward freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and their parents. Register at concordlibrary.org to receive the Zoom Link.

This recent college admissions cycle has turned out to be the most competitive to date. The reason is that most colleges went test-optional due to the pandemic and colleges increased their virtual outreach to high school students resulting in a record number of candidates applying. With record high numbers of applications come record low acceptance rates at many popular colleges and universities.

As many colleges have announced that they will continue to be test-optional at least in the short term, applicants will face a similarly challenging admissions environment.
We will discuss the holistic admissions review process and focus on the greater consideration admissions officers are giving to extracurricular activities as most students will have had a year and a quarter or more of grades earned during remote/hybrid learning which will carry less weight when applications are reviewed.

This program covers how admissions officers are handling the current situation and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission.

We will also discuss the importance of community service, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and an opportunity to showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers place great emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others, especially during these challenging times.

The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC. (www.standoutforcollege.com)

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Going Green In Your Backyard

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library is excited to host Going Green in Your Backyard on Wednesday, September 29 from 2:00—3:00 PM on the front lawn of the Main Library. Help us celebrate Climate Preparedness Week and also learn about local wildlife and what you can do to help the environment beginning in your own backyard! This program is open to all ages! In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. No registration required.

This event 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.