Discovery Center reopens with new exhibits

After being closed for renovations and updates since January, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center reopened on March 5.Attendance had been low due to the pandemic, so executive director Jeanne Gerulskis said they took the opportunity to update their exhibits and add some new things, including a majority of the exhibits from the Weather Discovery Center, which was closed last year.The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s mission...

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An enduring melody
Mar17

An enduring melody

For the InsiderThe ship left Galway under a heavy fog. The light rain coating the already slick surface of the sailing ship destined for the port of Boston. Between the many passengers stood four young Irishmen destined for America, Martin, James, Michael and Thomas. The indentured servants were destined for the next chapter in their short and difficult lives. Their passage was paid for by an investor and all four of the young men...

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City news: Spring activities around Concord

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights:Weatherize ConcordThe City of Concord is pleased to announce the launch of Weatherize Concord, a campaign to increase participation by Concord homes and businesses in weatherization and energy efficiency programs administered by NH Saves...

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Book: Lesson is writing a new world
Mar17

Book: Lesson is writing a new world

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative FictionBy Jeff VanderMeer(323 pages, nonfiction, 2013)Looking for some advanced fiction writing techniques? This book has everything from worldbuilding to properly using beats. All packaged between wonky illustrations that will make you wonder if you ended up in one of Tim Burton’s stories. Written for authors by authors with all the twisted imaginings you would expect from the...

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Book: Little Blue Chair is delightful
Mar17

Book: Little Blue Chair is delightful

Little Blue Chair By Cary Fagan, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper (Children’s picture boOk, 2016)     A child outgrows his little blue chair, so it sits in a pawn shop until it catches the eye of a woman who uses it as a plant stand—until her plant too outgrows the little chair. Free on her lawn, the chair next finds a ship captain to bring it on board….  Cyclical and sweet, this story follows a chair as it is passed...

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Book: Plucky ducky is shipwrecked
Mar17

Book: Plucky ducky is shipwrecked

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred FiddleducklingBy Timothy Basil Ering(picture book, 2017)This plucky little duckling survives a storm at sea, plucking the strings of a fiddle shipwrecked alongside him. The sound draws others toward him, rescuing all who hear in this simple story of the magic of music and the power of love.  The unique storyline pairs well with the gentle, whimsical pictures, representative of the plot without...

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Some author events to join in online

Danny CaineDanny Caine will visit Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on March 23 at 7 p.m. to share the updated version of his popular pamphlet, How to Resist Amazon and Why, newly expanded from 20 pages to 128! When a company’s workers are literally dying on the job, when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors, when their CEO is literally the richest person in the world while their workers...

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This week in Concord history

March 18, 1949: Concord native Edward H. Brooks wins promotion to lieutenant general in the U.S. Army. From a second lieutenant of cavalry during World War I through his post-World War II service in the Caribbean, Brooks has had a distinguished military career. He won the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in World War I and the Silver Star, Bronze Star and French Croix de Guerre, among other decorations, during World War II....

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