Seeking 2019 Elizabeth Yates Award Nominees

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 2017 award winner, Jan Smith, is a retired elementary school teacher from the Concord School District and continuing literacy volunteer at the Christa McAuliffe School.

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.


The Concord Public Library Foundation is soliciting nominations for the Elizabeth Yates Award, given annually to a resident of the greater Concord area who is actively engaged in inspiring young people to read. This award, which will be presented at a ceremony in May, can be presented to authors, illustrators, storytellers, teachers, librarians or others involved in encouraging reading.

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to encourage young children to read? We seek to honor outstanding individuals for their hard work and passion.

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    You can print out the nomination form and mail it to:
    EYA Committee
    Concord Public Library Foundation
    PO Box 3957
    Concord, NH 03302-3957

    Nominations are accepted from June 2018 until March 31, 2019.

    Resolve to Attend a CPL Program in 2019

    The Concord Public Library, thanks in part to the Concord Public Library Foundation, offers a plethora of programming available to patrons. Here is just as sampling of what’s coming up:

    Harry Potter STEAM team on Wednesday January 16th at 4PM (school age program): Make your own magic wand that lights up (with the help of electronics) and a broomstick. Learn how to create a glow in the dark Marauder’s Map and experiment with a dry ice crystal ball. Try wizard-friendly Butterbeer. Dressing up is highly encouraged! Registration is required. Sign up via the library’s website.

    Taking Care of Mom and Dad: The Aging Process on Tuesday, January 22nd from 12 to 1: Join Debra Desrosiers, Visiting Angels, as she talks about the physical, financial, cognitive and other common issues of aging people. You will learn about planning for reality as well as your options at any age. A City of Concord Wellness Program, open to the public.

    The New Hampshire Ukeladies on Wednesday January 30th at 6PM: a fun group of ukulele-playing ladies who love to play and sing and share their music. John Chouinard and the NH Ukeladies delight audiences with their versions of standards and hits. Come to the islands for a night! Tropical prints encouraged! (Snow date: Wednesday February 6th at 6pm).

    Beat the Librarians Trivia Night on Thursday, January 24th at 7PM at New England’s Tap House Grille in Hooksett: create a team and test your knowledge against a group of librarians, made up of staff from the Baker Free Library, Concord Public Library, and Hooksett Public Library. Prizes for the winners!

    Happy Holidays from the CPL

    The Concord Public Library debuted their annual holiday greeting on YouTube recently, and it features The Grinch! Check it out! The library also wants to make patrons aware of their holiday hours:

    CPL’s e-Library is Always Open

    Did you know that the Concord Public Library offers downloads of eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, magazines and TV shows FOR FREE with your Concord Public Library card? Simply visit the library’s eBooks and Downloads web page to check out the materials available through the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium.

    In addition, CPL cardholders have access to RB Digital (formerly Zinio for Libraries) a free digital magazine service. There are no checkout periods, no holds, and no limit to the number of magazines cardholders can download. RB Digital includes magazines like HGTV Magazine, Highlights, MacWorld, Newsweek and much more.

    Plus, CPL cardholders can borrow movies/TV shows, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks and graphic novels through Hoopla, a free and easy to use streaming and download service. There are no waiting times, and users can borrow 5 titles per month! Borrow movies/TV shows, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks & graphic novels. Lending times vary by format.




    Support the Concord Public Library–Donate Today!

    Libraries bring people together. Today, at the Concord Public Library, we believe that role is more important than ever in our rapidly changing society. That’s why we need your financial support.
    From our main location downtown, to the Penacook branch and our new site at the Heights Community Center, we build community connections. Longtime patrons, families, students and new Americans share in the power of books, reading and language, the excitement of exploring new technologies and the enjoyment of music and art.

    Your donation to the Concord Public Library Foundation helps support and array of library programs:

    • The monthly STEAM team program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) encourages elementary and middle school students to explore new ideas and gadgets.
    • Concord Reads, as part of a nationwide “One Book, One Community” effort, helps to build community engagement through reading. Now in its 18th year, Concord Reads includes both children’s and adult programs and an evening with the author.
    • The New American Africans summer literacy program at the Heights Branch Library, supported by a private grant, helped young refugees retain their spoken and written English vocabulary over the summer through weekly programs, books and games.
    • ”Libraries Rock!” was theme for this year’s Summer Reading program.
    • “Live Music on the Lawn,” brought hundreds of enthusiastic patrons to Prince Street to enjoy a live band, festive block party atmosphere and local food vendors.
    • The new library gallery showcased the New Hampshire-born composer Amy Beach “In Words and Music.”
    • A new digital museum pass system was launched to promote visits to museums around the state, including the Squam Lake and the Woodman Museum.
    • Books for Babies, established in 2004, provides new parents at Concord Hospital’s Family Place with a picture book to take home with their newborns.

    The Concord Public Library’s innovative programming, and continued development of its book collection, has paid off. This year, 1,877 new cardholders were added to the list of library patrons. Your financial support keeps that momentum going.

    Please consider making a gift to the Foundation. Help build our community, commemorate a loved one or remember someone who inspired you to read. Make your donation online – just click the yellow donate button at the top of the page, or use the Venmo app! You can even opt to make a monthly recurring gift and spread your payments out throughout the year. Thank you for your support!

    Concord Reads 2019 Book Selection Process

    Do you know the perfect book for a city-wide reading event? Participate in the book selection process for the 2019 Concord Reads program! Fill out the library’s recommendation form to let the librarians know which book you think would be a great pick for Concord Reads.


    For more information on upcoming Concord Reads programs and events, stop by the library or follow the CPL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

    CPL’s Successful Summer Concert Series


    Nick’s Other Band played on June 27th

    The Concord Public Library Foundation was a proud sponsor of the library’s fourth summer season of Live Music on the Lawn. This free concert event, held outside on the Prince Street lawn, featured a live band, a festive block party atmosphere and local food vendors. This year’s lineup included New Hampshire’s favorite dance band, Nick’s Other Band; the New England urban-country ExP Band; and Concord’s own Club Soda Band.

    The library provided giveaways for kids and adults

    Attendees brought lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food and refreshments were also available for purchase from local restaurants including Dos Amigos Burritos, Constantly Pizza and Kona Ice. These free, festive concerts continue to be popular among Concord-area residents and serve to bring the community together for music, food and fun.

    The Club Soda Band closed out the series on August 15th



    Yates Award Winner Featured in ‘Concord Insider’

    Thank you to the Concord Insider for featuring a story about the Concord Public Library Foundation’s Elizabeth Yates Award and the 2018 award winner, Clara Brogan. Please read the full article on the Concord Insider’s website.

    Penacook Library News

    The Penacook Library is located 6 miles north of downtown Concord and occupies the former local police station building. Currently, major repairs are needed at the Penacook Library facility including the roof, heating system, and non-ADA compliant second floor.

    Please attend a meeting of the Penacook Village Association on Tuesday, May 8th at 6PM at the Penacook Historical Society’s Rolfe House, 11 Penacook Street, to discuss the future of the Penacook Branch Library. Library Director Todd Fabian will discuss the extensive repair needs of the current branch building, present input from City Council Budget Meetings and also explain other options for library service in Penacook.

    If you would like to view Director Todd Fabian’s presentation to the City Council about the Penacook Branch Library (March 12, 2018) it is available here.

    2018 Elizabeth Yates Award Winner: Clara Brogan

    The Concord Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that Clara Brogan, retired music teacher and current volunteer storyteller for the Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, has been chosen to receive this year’s Elizabeth Yates Award. The award is given annually by the Concord Public Library Foundation to honor those who inspire young children to read.

    Clara Brogan was a former Julliard student, piano teacher and music teacher for the Concord and Merrimack Valley school districts. Her retirement in 1985 led her to discover the joy of children’s storytelling and she has been a 27 year volunteer storyteller at Kimball School, Beaver Meadow School, Walker School, and most recently, the Christa McAuliffe School. At the age of 94, she continues to read to 2nd grade students every other Thursday morning, where she has become known for her “strength, energy and willingness to find new stories for the students, relevant to their lives and to make a difference.” Brogan has an expressive and engaging manner that captures the students attention as they “listen to her every word, action and expression.” She cares deeply about connecting to children through her storytelling and continues to inspire and share the joy of literature through her volunteerism.

    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 at the Concord Public Library, each book bearing a bookplate with her name. In addition, her name is inscribed on the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque that hangs in the Children’s Room.

    We are pleased to honor Clara Brogan at this year’s Yates Reception to be held on Saturday, May 5th at 2 pm in the Children’s Room of the Concord Public Library. Family, friends, colleagues, former colleagues, students and former students of Clara Brogan are invited to attend.