Ambiguous Loss

May 9, 2020

Dear Families:

Earlier this week, a colleague shared the article posted below.  It defines and outlines ambiguous loss and ways to cope.  I hope you find it helpful in supporting students and children.

“Coping with Uncertainty During COVID Ambiguous Loss”

I also share the Department of Public Health’s web page focused on covering your face when in public.  There is a short video that could be useful with children:

Below is a list of upcoming events this week at the Concord Free Public Library.

Happy Mother’s Day!




Comix Zone Virtual Book Club

Ages 11-15

Wednesday, May 13

3:00-4:00 pm


The Concord Free Public Library invites children ages 11 – 15 to join an online book discussion and comic activity on May 13, 3 pm – 4 pm. This month in Comix Zone, we are reading Minecraft: Tales from the Overworld. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson (Batgirl), Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce, Bloom), Rafer Roberts (Modern Fantasy, Grumble), and Ian Flynn (Sonic, Mega Man) and exciting artists Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) and more, this collection brings together stories from all realms, leaving no block unturned!

You can instantly download an eBook version of this graphic novel on hoopla with your Minuteman Library card. Email Cary Stough at to register and receive Zoom link.


Toddler Storytime Online

Thursday May 14 10 am

The Concord Free Public Library invites children to join Toddler Storytime Online live with Facebook Premiere every Thursday morning at 10 am. If you cannot make it to the live storytime, the video will be available with the rest of the Library’s videos on the Library’s Facebook page so you can enjoy this program from the safety and convenience of your home. Join us for stories and rhymes. This interactive program is perfect for busy toddlers and helps develop early literacy skills. Email Royce McGrath at for questions.


Virtual Storytime with Laura 

Friday May 15, 10 am 

Join Laura on Facebook Premiere for a special reading of Patricia Polacco’s book, Emma Kate. It’s a touching story about a girl and her imaginary friend. Children will love the themes of pretend play and real friendship. Can’t make the premiere? The storytime will be available on our Facebook page after the Premiere ends.

This reading is part of our #ConcordReads community reading program. Anyone interested in joining our community reading program can register at:

Don’t forget to use #ConcordReads to share your reading progress and favorite books!


Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom

Friday May 15,11:30 am- 12:30 pm


The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog every Friday in May between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Join us for a “Read around the Zoom” group reading experience. Using Zoom meeting platform, we’ll all take turns reading aloud to Luna and to each other. Bring some of your favorite poems or short stories. This event is for children ages 5+. This event is for children ages 5+.

Email Royce McGrath at to register.