Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports the library’s vital role in our community. For over 50 years and through the generosity of our community, the Friends have helped the library offer a variety of enhanced services and creative programs for all ages.
Join the Friends
As a member of the Friends, you have access to booksale pre-sales, receive news highlighting library happenings, special program announcements, as well as invitations to member events. Our members elect our Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting each May. We rely on countless volunteers help our operations continue. Email the Friends to volunteer!
To join the all-volunteer Friends, download our Membership Form and mail it in or become a member online. Membership must be renewed annually.
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
Rebecca Lemaitre, Events
Hayley Maybury, Events
Erin Piro, Clerk
Amy Beamer, Member at-large
Connect with us!
- Concord Festival of Authors
Book Sales and Donations
Our year-round book shelves - The Friends Book Shop - is open at both our Main & Fowler branch libraries. Self check-out your choice of both children's and adult 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.
Our community Books Sales are a success thanks to the generosity of community members who donate their gently used books year round. If you would like to donate your books, you may do so at the Main Library near the Sudbury Road entrance. If you have a large donation of books, please borrow the rolling bin from our Circulation Desk to wheel to your vehicle. For assistance or inquires about donations, please email the Friends of the Library to coordinate an appointment. Books may be donated year round.
Donated books are curated year-round by our dedicated group of Sorters. We are looking for new Sorters who might be able to help ad-hoc or weekly during the following times. Please email us to volunteer!
9:30 - 11:30AM Tuesday and/or Friday mornings for Adult Books
1:00 - 4:30PM Thursday afternoons for Childrens Books
The Sorters select books for our sales based on many criteria including condition, demand, and quantity. Books not chosen for the sales are further donated to other community organizations in Concord and surrounding towns.
Unless otherwise noted, all Library Museum Passes 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.
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.
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 are pleased to announce the 2022 winner: Sean Wilentz.
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
2022 Sean Wilentz
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.