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Posted on: April 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate National Library Week April 8 – 14, 2018

Celebrate National Library Week April 8 – 14, 2018

During the week of April 8 – 14, the Concord Free Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries are more than just places to borrow books or study – they are also creative and engaging centers for learning where people can collaborate using new technologies, develop their skills and passions, and connect with other community members.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes and materials for English-language learners are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

The Concord Free Public Library helps lead the community by offering a variety of cultural and educational programs, exhibits, technology classes, and children’s programs. Notable programs this past year include “Concord, which is my Rome”: Henry Thoreau and His Home Town exhibition in July, the CFPL Technology Fair, which attracted over 100 patrons last April to learn about the library’s technological and digital resources, and the “Build a Better World” summer reading program, which encouraged children and teens to read during the summer months.

The library will partner with Debra Stark of Debra’s Natural Gourmet for a discussion of Washington Square, by Henry James.  All are welcome to attend the book discussion at Debra’s store at 98 Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord on Monday, April 23rd at 7PM. The Library is also pleased to offer “Concord Community Readers” bookmarks as part of the celebration. The bookmarks will feature the favorite titles of local business people, educators and community leaders.

For more information, visit the Concord Free Public Library at 129 & 1322 Main Street, Concord MA, call 978-318-3300 or see the Library’s website at

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