MAIN BRANCH: 32 Essex St.

PHONE: 978-921-6062

ONLINE: beverlypubliclibrary.org

FARMS BRANCH: 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms

PHONE: 978-921-6066

Email: ingalls@noblenet.org

 

Holiday hours

- The main library and the Farms branch will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Both libraries will resume normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

- The main library will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 (the Farms branch is closed on Sundays). Both libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, and will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

 

Main branch events

 

Holiday Book Crafts

Enjoy hot chocolate while you give old books new life as holiday ornaments and cards. Crafting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sohier Room. No experience or registration is needed for this event, which is free and open to adults and young adults age 14 and up (some crafting tools are not appropriate for children). This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. For more information, email knelson@noblenet.org or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2122.

Save the Date: Pie Potluck

The annual family-friendly celebration of National Pie Day will be held in the Sohier Room on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Create or buy a pie to share with attendees after a fun story sharing session led by local storyteller Tony Toledo. More details to come on the library's website and in the January newsletter. For more information, email flynn@noblenet.org.

 

Ongoing

 

Monday Mornings

The Monday Mornings Lecture Series' fall season has begun. Programs run weekly from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. until mid-December (except on federal holidays and during the library's fall book sale). Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m. Programs are designed for senior adults, but all adults are welcome. The series is free; signup is not required. Find the entire fall schedule on the Monday Mornings web page, www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/. For more information, contact flynn@noblenet.org.

 

Art @ the Main Library

"Reflections," vibrant oil paintings by Natick artist Rob Franco, are on view now through Dec. 26 in the Sohier Room. Tranquil bodies of water is the theme behind the works in the exhibit. Free and open to the public during regular library hours when programs or community meetings are not in progress. For more information, email flynn@noblenet.org.

 

Call for Artists: 2018-19

Are you an artist looking for free public display space? The main library is currently seeking artists to fill its 2019 art exhibit schedule, and a few remaining slots in 2018. Exhibits are mounted monthly in the library's Sohier Room on the ground floor. The Sohier Room has approximately 67 linear feet of display space. If interested, contact Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

 

Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Series

Are you a classic movie buff with Friday afternoons available? Between the months of December and April, the Beverly Library will host a five-film celebration of two of the 20th century’s most beloved filmmakers: Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock's biggest fan and a legend of the "French New Wave." The series will feature at least two films from each creator.

The first film will show from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the Sohier Room at the main library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Free popcorn will be provided. The event is free and open to adults; signup is not required. For more information, email martens@noblenet.org or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

 

Borrow a Chromebook

The main library now offers a limited number of Chromebooks for single-day use inside the library on a first come, first serve basis. Chromebooks are easy to use laptops that are great for basic internet browsing, checking email, accessing social media networks, and using Google Apps. Borrowers must have a valid NOBLE library card in good standing and sign a user agreement. Inquire at the Reference desk.

 

New Local History Resource

Visit the Reference Department on the second floor of the main library to access "Beverly Shelf," a new collection of books that are excellent resources for researching local history and genealogy. Some of the titles include The North Shore by Joseph E. Garland, North Beverly Remembered compiled by Richard W. Symmes, and History of Beverly by Edwin M. Stone. All Beverly Shelf books may be borrowed.

 

2017 staff picks

Looking for a good book? Our staff is pleased to share our favorite books published in 2017. Our staff's varied tastes include thrillers, graphic novels, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, satires, memoirs and more. A link to view the list, read summaries and request these favorites is available on the library's website.

 

Children’s Room

These events are held in the main library. For more information, contact Kate Carpine, children’s librarian, at carpine@noblenet.org or visit beverlypubliclibrary.org/kids.

Note: Winter Story Times begin the week of Jan. 7.

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. A fun mix of sing-along music, movement and literature for newborn-5 years and parents or caregivers. No registration needed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Celebrate Light: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m. Learn about festivals of light from around the world; make your own light to take home. For kids age 4 and up, and their families. No registration needed.

Special Science Squad: Session I - Thursday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m.; Session II - Thursday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m. Learn about electronics with Snap Circuits Jr. Create exciting projects such as a flying saucer, alarms, doorbells and more. Registration is required and can be done by calling 978-921-6062.

LEGO Family Build: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 to 3 p.m. Build outstanding LEGO creations with the whole family. No registration needed.

A Little Night Music and Rhyme: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For families and kids under 5 (or so). No registration needed.

 

Teen happenings

Teen events are open to all teens entering grades 6-12. Events are held in the Sohier Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Meghan Karasin at karasin@noblenet.org, 978-921-6062 or visit beverlypubliclibrary.org/teens.

Count the Kisses: Through Dec. 31: Test your skills at candy estimation. Stop by the teen room to guess how many Hershey’s kisses are in the jar.

Holiday Henna: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sohier Room. Get a henna tattoo and make DIY snowflake window clings. Free, but a permission slip is required (available online or in the Teen Department. Snacks and all materials will be provided.

Pizza & A Movie: "Elf - The Interactive Movie:": Thursday, Dec. 21, 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sohier Room. What’s better than watching Elf? Watching Elf while you shout, sing and snack along with it. Teens will receive prop bags full of surprises and instructions to interact with this classic holiday movie.

Save the Date: 22nd Annual Teen Poetry Contest

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 3, the library will accept entries from local teens in grades 6 through 12 for our Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Complete information about the contest will be posted to our Teens Page by the opening date.

 

 

Adult Book Discussion Groups

New members always welcome; no sign up needed. Copies of monthly book selections are available at the circulation desk, or they may be available in alternate formats. Search the catalog at beverlypubliclibrary.org or contact our reference staff at 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org to find book-discussion books. The library is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit beverlypubliclibrary.org/book-groups.

LGBTQ Book Discussion Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month. During holidays, the group meets on the fourth Monday of the month.

The group will meet on Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss "The Gracekeepers" by Kristy Logan.

Evening Book Discussion Group: 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month.

The group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to discuss "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Farms Branch Discussion Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.

The group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 21, to discuss "Leaving Lucy Pear" by Anna Solomon.

 

Farms branch events

Call the Farms branch at 978-921-6066 to inquire about other upcoming events or program details, including additional programs that require registration.

Gingerbread House Workshop: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For ages 7-11 years old. Children will create their own colorful gingerbread houses using a variety of edible materials. Registration is required and can be done by calling 978-921-6066.

Music with Dara: Friday, Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. A lively interactive music program for ages 18 months to 5 years. All are welcome.

December Art: Beverly Guild of Artists

Guild members will display works in a variety of media through Dec. 29. A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Knitting for Charity

Knit or crochet a warm winter item for a child or adult in need. Items will be donated to and distributed (for free) by Beverly Bootstraps. Drop off items (Farms branch) in December and January. All donations should be new items.