Beverly Public Library April 2017 News
April Holiday Closures
The main library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16. (The Farms branch is closed year-round on Sundays.) Additionally, the main library and the Farms branch will be closed on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 17. 
Spring Book Sale & Teen Renovation Fundraiser
Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9
Sohier Room & Barnet Gallery, Main Library
Open During Regular Library Hours
This year, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale has a very special mission - to raise funds for our upcoming Teen Room Renovation and Expansion Project. 100% of sale proceeds will be dedicated to the project, which we anticipate starting this summer. Refresh your leisure reading supply, or stock up for summer beach reads, while helping to support this important renovation. Find book sale prices and all other details here
Spring Technology Series 
April, May and June
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required
Join Lisa Ryan, the library’s Head of Reference, to learn about various online tools and services, and some great learning resources the library offers for free! Classes will run monthly in April, May and June. Topics will include Google Suite, music streaming services, and online academic courses. The first class is Thursday, April 27 from 7 - 8:30 PM. Space is limited and registration is required – learn more and/or register here
Spring Craft Program: Book Crafts
Thursday, May 4 from 5:30 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Break out the scissors and the hot glue guns! Join us to create paper bouquets and cards out of re-purposed books. No experience necessary. Free - signup not  required. This program is geared towards adults and young adults (ages 14+) as some of the crafting supplies will not be appropriate for children. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext.2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library
Intro to 3D Printing
Tuesday, May 2 from  6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required . Learn the basics of working with the library's 3D printer and simple download and design using Thingiverse, Tinkercad and SketchUp software. No previous experience is needed; open to age 10 and up. Laptops/devices welcome. Please register here. Questions? Please email for more info or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2143. 
Brown Bag Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 2 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
*Space limited - registration required.* Looking for a place and time for creative writing practice? This workshop could be for you. Participants will explore the art and craft of writing, using unique creative writing prompts to keep ideas flowing. Writers are encouraged to bring short original works for workshopping and critique. Water and light snacks provided; participants should bring a  bag lunch. To register, please email Liz Ciampa at
New Digital Offering: Qello Concerts
The library is now offering Qello Concerts, the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries you can stream on-demand to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket. There are new releases every week, and you can watch Qello Concerts any time, and everywhere, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and more. Log in at the library, at home, and on multiple devices. Questions? Please contact our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or  
Announcing...The Teen Room Renovation & Expansion Project
Can you help us raise funds for a new Teen Space at the main library? In the past few years the library's services to Beverly's teens have grown dramatically, but the library's teen space hasn't been updated since the early 1990s. We're seeking to raise $75,000 to expand and update the space to meet the 21st century needs of Beverly's teens. What are our plans, and what have we raised so far? Find out  here!
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Allison at

21st Annual Teen Poetry Contest
Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM, Sohier Room 
The library’s highly competitive Teen Poetry Contest received 627 entries this year! Join us for a night of excitement and amazing local poetry when selected teen finalists will read their poems aloud, winners will be announced, and prizes awarded. All are welcome, including finalists and their families, participants in the contests, and teachers. Reception (with refreshments) to follow in the Barnet Gallery. No registration necessary. 

The following April events are open to young adults in grades 6 through 12:
  • Anime Club: Tuesday, April 18 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Sohier Room. No signup needed. 
  • Pizza and a Movie: Wednesday, April 19 from 11 AM - 1:15 PM, Sohier Room. Bored and hungry during school vacation? Come eat free pizza at the library while you watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on our big screen!
Children's Room
For more information visit our Kids Page or call us at 978-921-6062. 

Spring Story Times are in session and will run through the week of May 7. And please join us for the following programs: 
  • MCBA Book Club: Wednesday, April 5 at 4 PM. For grades 4 - 6. This month's selection: Poached by Stuart Gibbs. New members welcome!
  • Lego Club: Thursday, April 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. For grades K - 5. Drop-in program - no registration required.
  • Musical Mornings with Miz Liz: Saturday, April 15 at 10 AM. Fun, interactive music, movement and literature for kids 0 - 5 and parents/caregivers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. All welcome. 
  • Science Squad: Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 PM. For grades 1 - 5. No registration required. This month, we'll explore buoyancy and prove Archimedes' Principle.
  • A Little Night Music and Rhyme: Mondays, April 3 and April 24 at 6:30 PM. For families and kids under 5 (or so). No registration required. 
  • What's the Big Idea? Math and Science Story Time: Wednesdays through May 10 at 3:30 PM. For ages 4 - 6. No registration required. Story time and activity.  
Save the Dates: Children's Book Week Story Times
Wednesday, May 3 at 10:45 AM and Thursday, May 4 at 1:15 PM
Join us for two special preschool story times to celebrate Children's Book Week (May 1 - 7), featuring the books of author Lois Ehlert. Following each story time, we'll create collage pictures in the spirit of Ehlert's collage illustrations.

April Art @ the Main Library
"Vistas of Peace and Quiet" by Martin Lian
March 29 through April 29
Sohier Room, Main Library
Paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, and pen and ink by Beverly resident Martin Lian. The public is invited to an Artist’s Reception on Wednesday, April 12 from 6 - 8 PM. Martin Lian is primarily a photographer with a past in medical, advertising and artful photography. He decided to venture into watercolor and oil painting as a method of expression. The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours when community meetings or library programs are not in progress. Info:
Farms Branch Events
Please visit our  Farms page for additional details.

Spring Story Times : Please visit the Farms page for dates and times, or call 978-921-6066. 
  • Spring Stained Glass Art: Thursday, April 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. For kids age 6 – 11. Create a beautiful and colorful stained glass style artwork with tissue paper and art materials. *Please register in advance: 978-921-6066.*
  • Singing and Signing: A Multigenerational Music Program: Thursdays, April 13, 27 & May 11 at 10:30 AM. For pre-school children and seniors. Sing and learn signing to favorite songs with Wendy, a guitarist, and Vicki, a sign language professional. Free and open to all ages.
  • April Book Discussion @ the Farms Library: Thursday, April 20 from 7 - 8:30 PM. This month: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. Books are available at the checkout desk. Ask about audio and other formats.  
  • Pre-School Music with Dara: Friday, April 7 at 10:45 AM. Join Dara each month for an interactive program geared to children ages 18 month to 5 years old. All are welcome.
Art @ the Farms: “Crystal Energy Images” 
April 3 through 28, Conrad Lecture Hall
Spiritual art photographs of Reiki energized sunlit crystals taken by Reiki Master Jean Davis. Each image is a blending of crystalline, light and color. All welcome. Open during regular library hours. 
Ongoing Offerings
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