Concord Reads 2014-2015

Concord Reads has selected “The Last Policeman,” by Ben H. Winters for its one book-one community reading program for 2014-15. View or print the full Concord Reads 2015 events schedule here.

The novel, which involves a murder as an asteroid threatens civilization on earth, takes places in Concord.

The Concord Reads committee selected “The Last Policeman” to tie in with Concord’s 250th anniversary celebration (Concord250).  The book’s events take place in Concord, where the author has ties.  While impending doom isn’t the rosiest of topics, readers will find a determined protagonist and an interesting array of characters with events taking place at actual Concord locations such as the South Main Street McDonald’s, the West Street playground, the police station, Concord Hospital and Concord Public Library.

 The hero of the novel, Detective Hank Palace, won’t give up on his job even as asteroid 2011GV zooms toward earth. The world’s economy is in tatters, communication is difficult, and some people have given up on life. But Hank plugs on seeking the killer of an actuary.

“The Last Policeman” is the first in Winters’ trilogy set in a pre-apocalypse world.

Concord Reads is planning numerous events tied to the book, including a “scavenger hunt” at places referenced in the book and various discussions about the book and themes raised within, throughout the winter leading up to the author’s appearance in March. The organization is working with community partners to present a varied set of discussions on issues raised in the book – ethical and moral decisions, emergency preparedness, astronomy, and forensics.

Concord Reads, a program of the Concord Public Library Foundation and supported by Lincoln Financial Group, brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the book. The Concord Reads Committee is and open committee made up of Concord Public Library Foundation members, library staff and, most importantly, interested community members.

To partner with Concord Reads for a book discussion or event, organizations should contact Concord Reads chair George Geers at 226-1020, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through the Concord Public Library Foundation’s Facebook page.

Copies of “The Last Policeman” and the second and third books in Winters’ trilogy are available at the Concord Public Library and Gibson’s Bookstore.

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.