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 2015
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Podcast Poetry at the Library Series:
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:
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