The Friends of the Library
Now in its 51st year, the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports the library’s vital role in our community. The Friends enable the library to offer a variety of enhanced services and creative programs for all ages.
More than 500 family members make annual contributions and donate countless volunteer hours. Membership elects members to our Board to set priorities and coordinate programming.
We raise funds through memberships and our renowned book sales. Members receive news highlighting library happenings, special program announcements, and invitations to member events.
To join the all-volunteer Friends, please either download and return our membership form, below. Or become a member online.
We also invite you to volunteer at Friends events, like our annual Book Sale that is back after a two-year hiatus, and share your ideas for community programming. Sign-up here to volunteer on June 11, 2022!
Please be in touch.
More information about programs and services offered by the Friends can be found below.
Current Friends Officers:
Aiyana Currie, President
Matt Boger, Vice President
Stephan & Faith Bader, Co-Treasurers
Janet Kaminstein, Booksales
Richard Fahlander, Membership
Betsy Levinson, Publicity
E. Glenn Mitchell, Poetry Series
Erin Piro, Clerk
Anne Irza-Leggat, member at-large
Nancy Lyons, member at-large
Connect with us!
Book Sales and Donations
It's Back! We are excited to announce the Friends Annual Book Sale will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the Main Library front lawn. (Rain date: June 18) Books in gently used condition may be donated year round. To volunteer, sign-up here!
Please stop by the Friends' Book Shop at both Fowler and the Main branch (near the new Main Street entrance) for an assortment of gently used books for sale year-round.
The Friends' Holiday and June book sales are our biggest sources of revenue as well as being much loved community events. The heart and soul of this year-round operation is a team of over a dozen enthusiastic volunteers who sort the many volumes donated to the Friends each year and prepare them for the book sales.
Please drop off your book donations by the elevator near the Reference Desk in the Lobby of the Main Branch. You may also borrow a rolling bin from the Circulation Desk and wheel your donations to the drop-off spot. If you have a large donation and/or require assistance, please email the Friends of the Library to coordinate an appointment. Books may be donated year round.
All Passes (unless otherwise noted) are funded by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and may be used for free or reduced admission. Please contact the library if you have suggestions on museums that you would like to see added to our list. Existing passes include Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and many others.
Films at Fowler
Films at Fowler is a FREE event sponsored by the Friends and have traditonally included popcorn and refreshments when we were meeting in person. Now that we leverage Kanopy (free app from the library) for self viewing, you may join the lively discussion of the movie with our resident film expert in the comfort of your own homw. All films are critically acclaimed international films carefully selected by the Film Program Coordinator that invite conversation after each film.
Please refer to the Events calendar for an upcoming schedule.
Movies for Tweens and Teens
Movies offered at the Main Library, appropriate for middle school age children as well as Monthly Teen Friday Flicks offered for high school students.
The Poetry at the Library Series brings established and emerging poets to the Concord Library community. Each year, the Friends host six to seven readings with Q and A, followed by book signings and light refreshments. Most readings occur on Sundays at 3 PM in the Main Library, with an occasional Saturday evening poetry event.
Music on the Lawn or Concert on the Lawn is a free enjoyable, notable and diverse music offerings on the Main Library front lawn on select Wednesdays during the summer at 7:00 p.m. Please refer to the Calendar for further details on this summer's series.
Additionally, Music from the Library every year since 1997 from late January through March/April. Notable musicians from the greater Boston area and other parts of the country perform at the Music from the Library series.
Inspiring and topically relevant author readings throughout the year. We have hosted distinguished historians such as Drew Gilpin Faust, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as recipients of the Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History.
- Festival of Authors
The Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History has been presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library annually since 2001. The award was offered to the Concord Library by Concord resident Richard Miller, to honor the legacy of his mother, a founding member of the Holocaust Commission and Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Dr. Ruth Ratner Miller believed that learning history was not merely desirable but a civic and religious duty.
We're pleased to annouce that Heather Cox Richardson wil be the 2021 recipient of the Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award.
Videos of many of can be seen on the YouTube Ruth Ratner Miller Award playlist.
Past Miller Award recipients:
1998 Stephen Ambrose
1999 James M. McPherson
2000 Thomas H. O'Connor
2001 Daniel J. Boorstin
2002 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
2003 Sandra Day O'Connor
2004 Edmund S. Morgan
2005 David Halberstam
2006 Doris Kearns Goodwin
2007 John Hope Franklin
2008 David Hackett Fischer
2009 David Herbert Donald
2010 Bernard Bailyn
2011 Pauline Maier
2012 Eric Foner
2013 Drew Gilpin Faust
2014 Nathaniel Philbrick
2015 Robert Dallek
2016 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
2017 Gordon S. Wood
2018 Annette Gordon-Reed
2019 John Stauffer
2020 Jill Lepore
2021 Heather Cox Richardson
Movies on DVD
Every year, the Friends purchase hundreds of films. The Library is a perfect (and free!) place to discover new movies and find your old favorites.
Audiobooks offer the convenience of listening in your car or on the train, while exercising, or because reading is physically challenging.
Find classics and new hits in this collection of music.
A host of programs organized by the library for the children in our community are sponsored by the Friends, including the Sing-a-long day with Ed Morgan programs, CCHS study days. In addition the Friends provides books for the children of the guests at Open table in Concord and Maynard as well as to the Prison Outreach Program.
The Friends fund professional development opportunities to our beloved library staff each year.