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Concord Reads 2018
Planning for Concord Reads 2018 is underway and we want to hear from you! Have you read any good books lately that you think your neighbors would enjoy as well? Submit a book suggestion for Concord Reads 2018: 



Concord Reads 2017

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Concord Reads is a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book. Celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community. The One Community, One Book Concord Reads 2017 selection is
Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan. Check out the book or audiobook at Concord Public Library or checkout the eBook


Want to know more? 
Steven Callahan
Letter from Mayor Jim Bouley
Adrift Reader's Guide
Concord Reads 2017 Programs and Events

Mark your calendars for the Adrift Author Presentation, Discussion and Q&A Session with Steven Callahan and host Laura Kiernan at Red River Theatres on Thursday, 4/20 at 7:00pm! 

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For more information on upcoming Concord Reads 2017 programs and events, stop by the library and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:
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Past Concord Reads Programs
2016:  When Books went to War by Molly Guptil Manning
2014-2015:  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
2013:  Maxine Kumin's three books: Inside the Halo and BeyondWhere I Live: New & Selected Poems, 1990-2010
          Women, Animals & Vegetables: Essays & Stories.
2012:  Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
2011:  Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2010:  Firoozeh Dumas’ two books Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent
2009:
  “How one person can make a difference” - theme with two books:
           Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Soloist by Steve Lopez
2008:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2007:  Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2006:  When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2005:  Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
2004:  The works of poet and author Donald Hall
2003:  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2002:  The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The goal of Concord Reads is to celebrate the written word and to build social capital.  Concord Reads brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.

When choosing a title the committee considers many things, including if it appeals to a wide audience, has issues that the community can relate to or that would spark interesting discussions, if it has received any recognition or awards, if the author or another speaker is available, if it is available in paperback and any other formats, how long it is, and if the reading level is accessible to a wide audience.