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Concord Reads

Concord Reads is a one book, one community reading program which brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.  The Concord Reads Committee is made up of Concord Public Library Foundation members, library staff, staff from the Concord Monitor and other interested community members.

The work of Maxine Kumin has been chosen for this year's Concord Reads program, which returns this fall in its 12th year. You can read the announcement in the Concord Monitor online. Check the library catalog for availability of Kumin's books. The library has purchased extra copies of Where I Live, Inside the Halo and Beyond, and Women, Animals, and Vegetables.

Previous Concord Reads Books

Read more: Concord Reads

Books for Babies

Books for Babies is an outreach program of the Concord Public Library Foundation which provides every baby born at the Family Place at Concord Hospital with a free high-quality children’s book.

The program was started during National Library Week in April 2002.  Book titles over the years have included:  Good Night Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Mud, Jamberry, Ox-cart Man, Wishes for You, Make Way for Ducklings and Goodnight Gorilla. As of early 2012, more than 14,000  books have been distributed.

The current Books for Babies selection is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

To support our Books for Babies project, please indicate “Books for Babies” under Purpose on your Donation Form.

Elizabeth Yates Award

The Elizabeth Yates Award honors Concord resident and children's author Elizabeth Yates, who was a strong advocate of reading and who supported library programs in the Concord community during her lifetime. Elizabeth Yates received the first award named in her honor in 1994.

The winner of the award is given the opportunity to recommend $500 worth of books to add to the Children's Room collection, each book bearing a bookplate with his/her name. In addition, his/her name is inscribed on the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque that hangs in the Children's Room.

Read more: Elizabeth Yates Award

Warm Up With a Book

Held during Concord's annual Midnight Merriment celebration, "Warm Up With a Book" is an opportunity for children and their families to warm up with hot chocolate and cookies while local celebrities read their favorite stories. Check back in November to learn more about our "celebrity readers," book selections and location for 2012!

National Library Week

Each April during National Library Week, the Foundation sponsors an event at the Concord Public Library that is open to the public. Check back in March of 2012 to learn more abou thte events scheduled for this year.