September 8, 2020

Dear Donors:

This Letter to the Editor was submitted to the Concord Journal in response to concerns about Library funds being used for non-library purposes.

We want to emphasize that the Town has no control over donations, capital campaign funds, and annual donations made to the Library Corporation, and these funds may ONLY be used for Library purposes.

A few weeks ago, we reported to you that we had come to a successful settlement of the lawsuit related to the expansion project. Please be assured that legal fees incurred during this process did not come from your campaign donations.

We hope you will share this important information with your friends and neighbors when you have the opportunity.

We are excited to be moving forward with the project. Within a few weeks, we look forward to giving you a more specific update with a projected project schedule.

As always, we remain grateful for, and humbled by, your support. The Library remains the heart of the Concord Community and we are already planning for a time when we can again welcome you inside to explore.

Warm regards,

Sherry F. Litwack
President, CFPL Corporation

What wonderful words from Library supporter Susannah Benner…

Like most of the world, my family is riding a roller coaster of emotions. In between the fears of sickness, uncertainty and boredom, my wanderlust to explore the world has started nagging. Obviously,this is a time to stay at home, but in the last 6 weeks, I HAVE traveled, far and wide. I’ve been to Iran as the Shah overthrew Mosaddegh, and to Franco’s Spain, to the Gulags in Russia, and down a Minnesotan river in a canoe. I’ve survived the 1918 Spanish flu in Mexico, solved crimes in Sweden and summited mountains in the Andes. I’ve cried at the loss of babies, husbands, homes, countries. And felt the power of young love, missed connections, dreams realized, regrets abandoned and adventures begun. My children and I have run away from home, been lost, found, misunderstood, rescued, time-traveled, and safely returned home. Powerful storytelling is humanity at its greatest. In sharing the human condition, empathy is awakened and our hearts open to the world.

Through books and movies we can transcend time and space. I read once that there are really only two stories in the world: a man goes on an adventure and a stranger comes to town. How divinely lucky we are of the infinite number of ways to tell those stories.

During our social distancing, my daughter and I have downloaded and watched movies from the minuteman library as well as e- books and audibles! Utilize this immense selection of offerings.

Support your library today!