Pandemic: Changes & new offerings we have embraced and liked

We all want the Pandemic to come to an end… But what about things that have come about or were started due to the Pandemic that we don’t want to end? Here are some thoughts…

One Concord resident wrote this: “Overall, I think people are much more friendly and kind, here and elsewhere. Seems the ‘We are all in this together’ idea is bringing out best in so many.”

Living Concord followers sent us some of their favorite things:

Curbside pick-up at Concord Library

Messages on staircase leading to Nesting shop









Outdoor classrooms

Eating Lunch outside at schools

Birthday Parades


Small, social distance concerts at your home. Some local musicians can come to your home to perform for you and small group.

Mobile ordering @ Haute Coffee

Curbside pick-up options at so many shops & restaurants


Al fresco dining, more outdoor seating options

Seeing many more people walking & biking

Library lawn cafe tables and chairs set up for safe social distance small gatherings

Free parking in town

Easier commutes (b/c less traffic) or no commute

No business travel

Graduation Parades & CCHS Administration stopping by each Graduate’s home in the Graduation Celebration School Bus

Drive-in movies at CCHS, from Concord Recreation

Concord Ag Week (not just Ag Day)

Less activities has allowed for more family dinners, more free time, more game nights

Zoom calls with family & friends

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Driveway Project

Celebratory take out dinner options offered by local businesses

Chalk messages & more messages of gratitude and kindness around town

Playing games like Kahoot or Risk with friends and family

Being in your pajamas longer and having more leisurely mornings

All the new library offerings

Special take-out dinner offerings / “celebration dinners” from local restaurants

Sidewalk sales / sidewalk displays

Outdoor town meeting (with no presentations)











Umbrella’s productions you can watch via Zoom

Summer Quest

Concord Together, Concord Solstice and Fall In Love with Concord

Paperless menus  – just scan QR code with your phone.

All the new Umbrella offerings

More options to sit around town

Go Out Doors along the Rail Trail

People seem less in a hurry, kinder.

These are just a few of the good things that we have learned, started and liked during this trying time. Thank you to all of you who have worked so hard to make these things happen.







Library Giving Day is April 23rd

Library Giving Day is on April 23rd!

In these extraordinary times we have all adjusted, and readjusted, our daily lives and future plans on a daily basis.  One thing has never been clearer, community is incredibly important.

Over the past few weeks, our Librarians have had to rapidly shift gears to provide services to the public without the use of buildings or in-person visits. And the Library Corporation is doing the same to ensure the Library has the necessary funding to enrich the lives of everyone in our community, regardless of age or economic circumstance.

Year in and year out, the Concord Library has been able to do this because of the generosity of people like you who love and rely on the Library, have a deep belief in the value of its mission, and recognize the essential role libraries have in reducing social and economic inequalities. Their Annual Fund typically raises $150,000 per year to support vital needs. As you can imagine, the pandemic has us concerned about the reality of raising this essential funding this year.

In an effort to reach out to our community please consider one (or all) of the following efforts to support our Library on April 23rd (or before if you choose).

Donate in Support Of Library Giving Day Here

1)     Facebook: A Peer Challenge Post a sentence or two about your favorite book or library resource. Challenge a friend or friends to describe their favorite book or resource and consider supporting the library and include a link to do so.

Example 1: “There is so much I love about the Library! But my favorite thing is being able to find a quiet nook to read a book or work on my laptop:)” I challenge “insert name” to post their favorite book or library resource and to consider supporting the Concord Free Public Library!

Example 2: I am still a kid at heart…and while I love to read new fiction, I always return to the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I challenge “insert friend’s name” to post their favorite book or library resource and to consider supporting the Concord Free Public Library!

2)     Instagram: A Peer Challenge Post a photo of the cover of your favorite book. In the caption post some language about your support of the Concord Free Public Library with appropriate hashtags (see below) and ask friends to do the same. Consider posting the link in your bio, or include language about copy and pasting the link from the post.

Example: Photo: A photo of you reading, or the cover a book you love. Caption: My favorite book is the Secret Garden! I am supporting the Concord Free Public Library on Library Giving Day! I challenge @”insert friend’s name” to share their favorite book! #librarygivingday #cfplconnects @cfplconnects

3)     Email to Friends and Family Having worked with all of you, we are well aware that you are gifted communicators.  If you would prefer to reach out directly through email we ask that you include the campaign page link. For inspiration please refer to a letter written a few weeks ago by our Library Corporation President, Sherry Litwack found here:  Campaign Link:

Thank you so much for all that you have done and continue to do to support the Concord Free Public Library.  We are all looking forward to seeing you again. In the meantime, please practice social distancing and enjoy all the virtual resources available at your Library.

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