Friends of Concord Free Public Library


About the Friends

Founded in 1970, the Friends is a non-profit, volunteer organization that sponsors cultural events and funds resources for the library.

The Friends sponsors children’s and adult programs, including poetry and author readings, art lectures, film series, a music series and the annual Miller Historian Award ceremony that brings nationally-known speakers to Concord. Most events are free. The Friends funds many services and amenities, such as museum passes, large-print books, multimedia equipment, CD-ROMs and DVDs, books on tape, and staff development. The Friends have made special contributions to the Fowler and Main Library renovation campaigns.

The Friends raises funds through its three book sales throughout the year, the sale of Friends merchandise and membership dues.


Friends Officers 2016
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Anne Irza-Leggat, President
Aiyana Currie, Vice President
Stephan & Faith Bader, Co-Treasurers
Nancy Lyons, Clerk
Jacqueline Barnard, Film Series
Victor Curran,
Janet Kaminstein, Chair of Booksales
Monika Kennedy, Membership
Betsy Levinson, Publicity
Anne Marie McGarry, Book Sorters Liaison
Lorraine Martin, Author Series
E. Glenn Mitchell, Adult Programs
Fiona Stevenson, Youth Programs
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Join the Friends [Download membership form] [View a Slideshow About the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library]

PoetryReadingPodcast Poetry at the Library Series:

Ross Gay

Listen to Ross Gay read from and discuss Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Introduction by Glenn Mitchell for the Friends' Poetry at the Library Series event, March 6, 2016. [Listen to the Reading] (File size 86 MB)

-A reading by Irish Poet Michael O'Siedhail on 4/5/2014; Music played by Nathan Gourley, recent "Fiddler of Dooney" winner; Introduction by " Dr. Ivy George of Gordon College". [Listen to the Reading and Music] (File size 100 MB)

- A reading by Poet Laureate of Maine Betsy Sholl on 2/13/2011; Music by Little Bang members, David Sholl (Sax) & Grant Smith (Percussion); Introductory remarks by Poet Helena Minton [Listen to the Reading and Music] (File size 56.6 MB)


- Ron Slate on 12/5/2010 [Click here to hear the reading ]

- Poet Dan Chiasson: A Reading and Commentary on Craft (4/11/2010) [Listen to the Reading] (File size 52.4 MB)

- June Beisch and Ellen Steinbaum (3/7/2010) [Listen to the Reading] (File size 57 MB)

Podcast Journalist David Filipov's Concord Reads: Making a Difference talk in the Main Library (3/20/2010) [Listen to the entire presentation] (File size 98 MB) (Photo above: David Filipov in Afghanistan)

Supporting Our Library Through a Variety of Programs and Services

Friends Volunteer Opportunities:

Love the library? Here’s how you can help:

-Join the marketing team for the new paperback guidebook, Historic Concord
-Sell books at author events
-Help out at Friday Flicks at Fowler
-Handle publicity for the Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History
-Schedule volunteers for the Concord Festival of Authors.

If any of the above activities interest you or if you have other ideas, we welcome your participation. Email

Donate Books, DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks

Bring your high quality, clean books to the Reference Desk at the Main Library. No magazines or encyclopedia please. Textbooks in pristine condition (no markings) are welcome. Questions about donating? Call (978) 318-3347

Support vital library services, including children’s programs, poetry readings, author talks, concerts, music and music CDs and DVD movies, Books-on-CDs.

Volunteer for the Friends

Help with book sales and sorting, assist at events, plan author talks, help with publicity. Tasks large and small.

Book Sale Cart

An enticing selection of popular fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction, how-to, and children’s titles is for sale daily near the Sudbury Road entrance to the Main Library.

Volunteer to help with booksales!


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