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Author Visit with Chris Bohjalian
Thursday Author Talk
Discussion Group for Middle School Parents
Annual Book Sale
Library Employee Won State Award
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     May 2011
Greetings from the Library Director  
BalloonsThis Saturday, May 14, 2011 we will formally mark the reopening of the Fowler Branch Library with a ribbon cutting and morning of festivities, featuring author visits and book signings with award winning authors/illustrators Steven Kellogg and Ilse Plume.  Please join us for this special celebration, which will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and a recent LSTA grant award, we are pleased to offer the upcoming weekend author events described below. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of poetry with Tony Hoagland and for an author talk with best-selling fiction writer, Chris Bohjalian.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Friends Annual Book Sale on June 4, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the proceeds from which make our dynamic programming possible year round.

                                              Best wishes,

                                         --- Kerry Cronin

Weekend Poetry Reading with Tony Hoagland 
Tony HAcclaimed poet Tony Hoagland will be the guest speaker at this month's Friends Weekend Poetry Reading on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby. 

Tony Hoagland is the author of four volumes of poetry: Sweet Ruin, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; Donkey Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets;  What Narcissism Means to Me, and Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, as well as a collection of essays about poetry, Real Sofistakashun.  

Poetry Reading May 2011Publishers Weekly calls him "[O]ne of the smarter, and funnier, poets of his generation, well balanced between absurdity and confession."

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, the reading is free and open to all and will be followed by a book signing and reception.
Author Visit: Chris Bohjalian

Chris BohjalianBest-selling fiction writer Chris Bohjalian will make a special appearance at the Concord Free Public Library on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library Lobby.

Secrets of EdenThe author will discuss his writing process and the origins of his latest novel Secrets of Eden and provide a sneak preview of his upcoming book The Night Strangers.  Q & A, book signing and reception will follow.

Funded by an L.S.T.A. Reader's Advisory grant, this event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Thursday Author Talk  with Gwen Acton 
May2011AuthorTalkThe Friends Thursday Author Talk series will present Gwen Acton, author of A Bluffer's Guide to Genetics on May 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library Periodical Room. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Gwen Acton (Ph.D) is the founder and CEO of Vivo Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in improving the productivity and innovation of scientists and other highly trained knowledge workers. Dr. Acton is also the current president of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, this event is free and open to all.
Discussion Group for Middle School Parents
With Youth Coordinator, Erin Dugg

TeensPlease come to a discussion group for Middle School parents, Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library
(1322 Main Street, West Concord).  The discussion will focus on Alcohol, Dating, Stress, Parties, Drugs.

Remember when our children were young we relied on other parents for advice and ideas?  Parents have always helped other parents with everything....from tips for getting children to sleep to the safest car seat.  For most of us, dialogue that seemed so easy and natural when our children were young is not so easy anymore.  The truth is that as our children get older and face increasingly complex decisions regarding alcohol, drugs and other issues they need our guidance and support more than ever.  At the same time we need each other. What keeps us from continuing the dialogue that we began when our children were babies and toddlers?  Let's find out together and begin to communicate again. 

This event is sponsored by Concord Youth Services and the Concord Free Public Library. Refreshments will be served. 

Contact Erin Duggan at or 978.318.3043 with questions.


Annual Book Sale  
Book Sale SignThe Friends Annual Book Sale will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011, 10 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on the Main Library front lawn. (Rain date: June 11)

Join the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library for books, music, refreshments, and fun!

More than 20,000 books in good condition will be for sale. Choose from thousands of wonderful titles for adults, teens and children.  Books are carefully sorted into more than 20 categories for easy browsing and priced to sell: mass market paperbacks 4/$1, large paperbacks $2, hardcover books $2, children's hardcover $1. Specials and local interest items priced as marked.  Don't miss this enormous book sale!

Book Sale Team

Book Sale Team 

The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library.

To volunteer, please 
Library Staff Member Named
2011 Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year  


Robin Demas, left, receiving award at the MLA Conference 

On April 27, 2011, Robin Demas, Head of our Circulation Department, was named the Massachusetts Library Association's 2011 Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year at the MLA Annual Conference.

The Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies the following qualities: knows the value of paralibrarians in our libraries, works to increase visibility and opportunities for non-MLS staff, and demonstrates outstanding support for paralibrarians.

We are thrilled and proud to see our colleague Robin receive this much deserved honor.
Two New Online Databases: HeritageQuest and Novelist Plus     
The Library is pleased to offer two rich online resources for genealogists and general readers:   HeritageQuest  and NoveList Plus.   Both databases are accessible in the Main and Fowler Branch Libraries and remotely for Concord residents with library cards via our library web page.

HeritageQuestHeritageQuest combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles. With convenient home access, it provides complementary material to Library Edition,  which is available for use in the library only.

Novelist PlusNoveList Plus assists both fiction and non-fiction readers in finding authors and titles.  Through its easy-to-use interface, NoveList Plus provides easy searching for information about books and authors, thematic booklists, book discussion guides, and more.

Explore HeritageQuest and Novelist Plus today.  For assistance, please contact: