Author Gish Jen will speak at the Main Library on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as part of this year's Concord Festival of Authors. Jen will discuss her new book The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. The event is free and open to all.
The 2017 Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented to Gordon S. Wood, author of Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda. Tickets are available at the Main Library and the Concord Bookshop. Adults $15, Students $5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
The annual Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People will present children's author Katherine Paterson on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda. The event is free and open to all. Registration is strongly recommended and will begin on October 1. Past speakers of the series include children's authors/illustrators David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg, Jerry Pinkney, Lois Lowry, Tomie dePaola and Grace Lin. [Sign Up] [View Poster]
The Library's Special Collections Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson was interviewed by C-SPAN recently, in which she explained how the Library acquires its Special Collections items and showcased some of the rare finds, including a portion of the manuscript for the book Little Women. [Watch the Interview]
In honor of the bicentennial anniversary of Thoreau’s birth, the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL), the Concord Museum, the Massachusetts Center for the Book and the Fitchburg Public Library have planned a fun family event for Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event will include a free round-trip train ride from Concord to FItchburg and activities at the CFPL's Main Library and the Fitchburg Public Library. Snacks will be provided. All are welcome. Advance registrations are required. [Read More about the Event] [Register]
After having a successful season, the Library will host another Girls Who Code Club for girls 13 - 17 years old. This free program will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. starting September 2017 and will end in May 2018. An information session for interested participants will be held at the Fowler Branch Library on September 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Open to all. [Read about Girls Who Code Initiative]
The next exhibition's accompanying lecture is The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years presented by Robert Thorson, Saturday, September 23, 2017. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Rotunda. Free and open to the public. All are welcome. [Read More About the Exhibition] [Watch Exhibit Opening Night]