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About Town: Book Sale Update, Natural Child's Play

Giant book sale this weekend, park passes for military, and graduation is upon us.

About Town: Book Sale Update, Natural Child's Play


Good morning everyone!
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, that the giant book sale, which was supposed to take place this past Saturday is now being held THIS Saturday, June 9. Books don’t fare well in the rain, I’m told. But not to worry, our good Friends of the were ready for all weather conditions. Only the date has changed.
Same place, the triangular lawn there in front of the main library at Sudbury Road and Main Street. Same time, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Same good cause, proceeds benefit professional development programs for library staff, purchase passes to our favorite Boston museums, and such. Instead of rain, the Friends would love to see some $20,000 pour into its coffers that day.

Same incredible selection. You can browse through literally thousands of volumes on subjects ranging from volcanoes to chic lit to children’s books. There will also be a wide range of other media, such as audio books and music CDs for sale.

It’s all there, beautifully organized and at fire sale prices. Each purchase you make not only benefits you, but the programs of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Those of you still on Martha Hammer’s email list already know that June 9 is graduation day for . Congratulations. This, however, may leave a gap in the volunteer slots. If you are able to volunteer for the new date, click here. If there is rain on the new date, and let’s hope there isn’t, the second rain date will be June 16.

Don’t Pass This up

The National Park Service has a new annual pass for active military and their dependents for free admission to all 397 national park units.  The pass is issued free with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173.)  It is available locallly at two locations in : the Minute Man Visitor Center on Route 2A at the Lincoln/Lexington town line, open daily from 9 to 5, and The Wayside, Home of Authors, at 455 Lexington Road, Concord, open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More information about the pass is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html. This pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Forest Service.

For more information, please call the Park at 978-369-7825, or check our website at www.nps.gov/mima.


Mother Nature’s Child Film Screening

The award winning independent film, Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in a Media Age, will be shown at a free public screening and reception on Thursday, June 14 at 7-9 p.m. at the Thoreau Institute, 44 Baker Farm Rd., Lincoln. Collaboratively sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the Nature Connection and Friends of Ripley Playscape, the program begins with a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., followed by the screening of the film at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the film’s message that the natural environment nourishes the intellect and human spirit, the three sponsors share a commitment to promoting a life long connection to nature. Unique scenarios of both urban and suburban children from preschool to high school show them interacting with nature and each other in ways that illustrate how deeply nature effects human development. This film marks a moment in time when a living generation still remembers  a childhood  filled with free outdoor play. Many of today’s children often spend more time in the virtual screen world of pixels than they do outside in the natural world of living things. The film also includes interviews with Richard Louv, author of Last Child In the Woods, as well as other experts, parents and teachers.

After the screening, there will be a presentation by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist and a Friend of Ripley Playscape and Park, will present  brief overview of the planning for this unique outdoor play and community gathering place to be located in East Concord near Thoreau’s Birthplace, Merriam’s Corner and Minuteman National Park. Funded, in part, by the Concord Community Preservation Fund, and a donation from the Concord Garden Club; the Playscape will provide opportunities for all ages and abilities.  Construction for Phase 1 is scheduled to begin in the fall.  For further information about the Playscape at Ripley, see www.ripleyplayscape.org.

RSVP to Pat Nelson at 978-369-3747 or executive@concordchildrenscenter.org

That’s it for now, so ‘til Tuesday …

Do you have something you would like to share? Contact me at mcb23@comcast.net or Stefanie at stefanieac@comcast.net and we will be happy to help you spread the good news. And follow us on Twitter: Stefanie is @stefanie3131 and I am @cosmo1162.

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