Upcoming Library and Parent Events

May 16, 2020

Dear Families:

Tonight I share a number of upcoming events from the Concord Free Public Library (including a community read aloud where I recorded chapter 12!) and the Center for Parents and Teachers.

I hope you are enjoying this perfect weather!



Concord Free Public Library


The Concord Free Public Library invites the whole community to come together and enjoy the pleasure of listening to different members of our community read a book. Concord Town Manager Stephen Crane, Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter, Police Officer Tia Manchuso, and other members of our community will participate.

Beginning Sunday May 17, we’ll feature a surprise guest each evening who will read a chapter from The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.  Written by Jeanne Birdsall, this book was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and as such is very appropriate for the Concord community. It tells the story of four sisters and their friendships and adventures with a local boy while vacationing in the Berkshire Mountains. The Penderwicks won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Hear a chapter read out loud on Facebook Premiere on the Library’s Facebook page every evening at 5 pm. If you can’t make the Premiere – no worries! The videos will be permanently available on the Library’s Facebook page after the premiere. WIQH, the local radio station, will broadcast the daily readings at 7 pm. Minuteman Media Network will broadcast the daily readings at 8 pm.

#ConcordReadsAloud is an initiative to engage the Concord community around reading. As part of this effort, the Library invites everyone to join the ConcordReads online reading program. Register at:


Teen Comix Zone Online with author Norm Harper!

Ages 14-18

Wednesday, May 20


This month in Comix Zone (Ages 14-18), we’ll be joined by the author Norm Harper for discussion and drawing activity of Haphaven by Norm Harper and Louie Joyce, and

Leprechauns, Rabbit’s Feet, Black Cats Crossing Your Path…

Step into a world of superstition, specifically the world of Alex Mills. On the search for the lucky rabbit’s foot to save her mom, Alex learns that breaking with superstition might be the key to saving her mom.

You can borrow this graphic novel instantly as an eBook on hoopla.

Register at to receive the Zoom link.

(Graphic novel intended for ages 13+).


Toddler Storytime Online

Every Thursday @ 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.


Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom

Every Friday @ 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+.

Sign up for May 22 :

Sign up for May 29

Email Royce McGrath at with questions.


Virtual Storytime with Library Trustee, Cristina Coletta


Friday May 22, 10 am

Join Concord Free Public Library Trustee, Cristina Coletta Blau for a special

reading of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber. Everyone in the

neighborhood loves Lyle the crocodile–except for a cranky neighbor and his

nervous cat! Can lovable Lyle make everything right with his grumpy

neighbors? 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:


Center for Parents and Teachers

(1) “Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines” presented by Jon Mattleman, a very humorous and insightful parenting education presenter.
He will speak for about 30 minutes or so, and then accept questions from parents and talk about their local resources as well as national ones.  He has done this locally, as well as through national organizations

Below is the schedule of such talks for next week that parents can join (all free).
5/19 — 6:30 PM

5:20 — 6:30 PM

5/21 — 4:00 PM

5/21 — 7:00

(2) Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 AM

“Missed Moments: Helping Families Cope with Disappointment”
Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a live webinar where she can address your concerns.  Dr. Kramer will provide practical strategies for families of preschoolers, children, and adolescents and will allow ample time for parents to ask questions.  Can’t join live?  There are links to all of the recorded webinars on Dr. Kramer’s website –
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 703069

(3) Wednesday, May 20 from 7:30 to 8:45 PM the Massachusetts Health Council is offering an interactive online program, presented by Dr. Lester Hartman, MD, MPH and David Martin, CEO of the Massachusetts Health Council, to  discuss the risks of vaping in relation to covid-19.  Learn more and pre-register at:

Also, please check out the link to the article “E-Cigarettes Can be a Risk Factor for Covid-19”, from The Bedford Citizen, listed below.   Embedded in the article is a link to a very informative webinar by Dr. Marisa Silveri on “Teen Vaping Today”.  Dr. SIlveri is a prominent neuroscientist who ran this session as part of our tri-town coalition (in a collaboration with the Concord, Carlisle and Bedford Health Depts and the Center for Parents and Teachers).

Please learn more about our programs (and find a link to let us know topics of workshops that would be of support to you during this stressful time) at