MAIN BRANCH: 32 Essex St.

PHONE: 978-921-6062

ONLINE: beverlypubliclibrary.org

FARMS BRANCH: 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms

PHONE: 978-921-6066

 

Summer hours

Summer weekend hours for both locations have begun; the main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed Saturdays, until October. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays.

 

Main branch events

Summer Reading All-Ages Kickoff Celebration

On Wednesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., come celebrate the start of the library's Summer Reading Program and enjoy free ice cream, provided by Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream and the Friends of the Library. While you're at the kickoff event, find out about all of the amazing summer happenings at the library. All ages are welcome.

Books & Brunch

Books & Brunch, a special book group in celebration of the library's Summer Reading theme, “A Universe of Stories” will meet on Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at Bonefish Harry's, 218 Cabot St. The group will discuss "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon" by Robert Kurson. Registration is required, and attendees must be 21 and older. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 978-921-6062. For more information about the group, contact Lisa Ryan at ryan@noblenet.org.

Beverly Film Society presents ...

Join us on Friday, June 28, at 1 p.m. for a film based on an acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. For film title and additional information, visit the library's website.

Yoga on the Lawn

On Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m., registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch will take folks through a Vinyasa yoga class on front lawn. Attendees should bring a yoga mat or towel. The rain location will be in the Sohier Room of the main library. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Questions? Contact Katie Nelson at knelson@noblenet.org.

Cutting the Cord: Exploring Alternative to Cable TV

On Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m., explore some of the ways to quit cable, keep the channels you care about, gain access to on-demand content, and even retain your DVR capabilities.


Ongoing events

June Art: Pet Projects by Amanda Beard Garcia

Acrylic paintings by local artist Amanda Beard Garcia are on view in the main library's Sohier Room during the month of June. Garcia is exhibiting over 25 hand-painted portraits of beloved dogs and cats of friends in a self-initiated series titled “Pet Projects.” Garcia is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Beverly native. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. When she's not creating, you can probably find her at a rock concert, home-improving, reciting quotes from "New Girl" or snuggling her 6-year-old Corgi, Pica. Contact Garcia at hello@amandabeardgarcia.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

English Practice Groups

Attention Adult English Language Learners of all levels: The library is now offering a weekly English Practice Group on Fridays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. These free gatherings, led by local volunteers, center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary and cultural references. No registration required. For more information, contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119, or mamorgan@noblenet.org.

Summer Reading Program for All!

Check out the library's Summer Reading page for information about all the cool programs for kids, teens and adults this summer. From Topsfield Fair prize packets, Slime Time, an all day MOON PARTY, yoga, robots, and (the best part) reading, you're sure to find something.

Summer Sounds returns

The library is happy to announce that Summer Sounds, our free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, will return this year with a lineup featuring a great variety of family-friendly performances, which will be held Wednesdays, July 10 through Aug. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. Keep up with the series on the library's events calendar. Summer Sounds is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

 

Check it Out!

Wowbrary

Want to be the first to know about the library's newest books, movies and music for all ages? Sign up for Wowbrary and receive a weekly email featuring our newest items. You can immediately place a hold on a hot title right from your inbox with just a few clicks.

New York Times access

The Beverly Public Library offers patrons free digital access to the New York Times from the library and at home (remote) access for Beverly residents. For access, visit the library's website and follow the prompts for remote or in library access. For more information, call 978-921-6062 and speak to a Reference librarian.

Digitized historical newspapers

The library has begun to digitize its historical Beverly newspapers. Early editions of the Beverly Citizen and Beverly Evening Times are now available from the Beverly History and Genealogy page. Articles can be searched, downloaded, cropped, highlighted, tagged and printed. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan at ryan@noblenet.org.

 

Monday Mornings

The Monday Mornings Lecture Series runs weekly from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (except on federal holidays and during the library's book sales) in the Sohier Room, unless otherwise specified. 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 schedule on the Monday Mornings web page, www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/monday-mornings/. For more information, contact ridenour@noblenet.org.

 


Children’s Room

These events are held in the main library. For more information, contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107, or visit beverlypubliclibrary.org/kids.

-- Summer Story Times start the week of June 30 - check the Kids page for details.

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program: Blast off and explore worlds of fun by joining “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program. Check the Summer Reading page for info on cool prizes and events this summer.

Reading for a Cause

Join the library's Galaxy of Giving and help support a budding scientist. This summer, the main branch is collecting new school supplies and backpacks for the children of Pathways in Beverly. Drop off new school supplies and backpacks in the Children’s Room. When you donate, a shooting star with your name on it will be added to the Galaxy of Giving display.

Bubbleology with Keith Michael Johnson: Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. Explore the secret world of bubbles! Learn about the science, art and fun of bubbles as Keith creates fantastic bubble sculptures including a spinning spaceship, a bubbly Eiffel Tower and a dancing snowman. Keith seamlessly incorporates scientific concepts such as surface tension, states of matter, elasticity and more in this entertaining presentation showcasing the magic of bubbles.

 

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.

Cupcake Wars: Wednesday, June 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Come to the Sohier Room for a cupcake decorating contest. Theme and secret ingredient will be revealed at the event. Participation may be limited due to space and supply constraints. 

 

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. If a holiday falls on the third Monday, the group will meet on the fourth Monday of the month.

On June 17, the group will discuss Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua.

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

On June 18, the group will discuss Hard Times by Charles Dickens.

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

On June 20, the group will discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Books & Brews Discussion Group (attendees must be 21 years old): 6:30 to 8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling the library.

On June 26, the group will discuss The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

 

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.

Knit, Crochet & Embroider: Adult handicraft group meets the first Thursday of each month. All who enjoy handwork or fiber arts are welcome to join. Bring your project, meet other crafters and share ideas. No instruction is provided.

Singing and Signing: Thursday, June 13, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy this musical sign language program for preschoolers and seniors. Sing along and learn the sign language for your favorite songs with Wendy and her guitar and Vicki, a sign language professional. Fun for all ages; all are welcome.

June Art: “The Whites” by Jan and Bruce White

This month, Jan and Bruce White share their love of both art and photography. Jan will display her watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and Bruce his photography, often of the same subjects.