Beverly Public Library  February 2018 News
Special February Hours
Both library locations will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents' Day. 
Tax Form Information
The main library and Farms branch will offer federal and state income tax forms on a first come, first served basis. Quantities may be limited and are determined by the  IRS and  MA Department of Revenue. Find more information, including helpful state and federal links,  here. You can also contact our Reference staff at 978-921-6062.
BAD ART: How Bad Can YOU Be?
Thursday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Drop-in)
Sohier Room, Main Library
Going a bit stir-crazy during this cold, dark winter? Well, we can help. Come make BAD ART with us! We’ll supply the basics, refreshments, and a few BAD ideas. This adult program (age 16 and up) is free. No talent or registration required. We start at 6:30, but drop in any time. For more info, email or call 978-921-6062, x2135. 
Boston Bruins Annual PJ Drive
February 1 through March 15
Help us reach our goal of donating 100 new sets of pajamas before March 15! We're teaming up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive benefiting DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons, joining other MA libraries along with the support of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. PJs are needed for babies, kids and teens. Please bring donations to the Children's Room or our Reference Desk. Thank you.
Feb. 21: Researching Online with Ancestry...
...& Creating a Family Tree
Wed., February 21 from 10 - 11:30 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required
Learn how to research your family history online with Ancestry Library Edition. See what this powerful tool has to offer for the genealogist or historian. All levels of experience welcome! We'll also include creating a family tree using popular online websites. Laptops encouraged. Space is limited, please register here. Info: Lisa at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.
New! Conversation Circles
Monthly on Fridays, 10 - 11 AM
First meeting: February 9
Barnet Gallery, Main Library
Adult English Language Learners - join comfortable conversations in English at our new, monthly Conversation Circles. We'll focus on common English expressions, grammatical curiosities, issues of local interest, and perhaps some poetry. Additional dates include March 9 and April 20. Free; no registration required. For more information please contact Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or
Welcome in many languages
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Series
Documentary: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
Friday, February 23 from 1 - 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Our 5-film series featuring the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut continues through April. This month we delve behind the legends with Kent Jones's 2015 documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. See what other filmmakers have to say about the influence of Truffaut's 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock! Includes free popcorn. See other upcoming film titles here.
Save the Date: Annual Spring Book Sale
April 7 through April 15, Main Library
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery
Our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale is not far off! It starts Saturday, April 7 and runs through April 15. Friends-only preview on Friday, April 6 (don't worry, you can join at the door!). More details next month, but for now, be sure to mark your calendar. 
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Meghan at

Pizza & A Movie: Title TBD
Thursday, February 15 from 3:45 - 6 PM
Sohier Room
Join us for a movie on the big screen….with free pizza! Keep a lookout on the Teens Page for title announcement.

Chocolate Olympics 
Wednesday, February 21 from 2 - 4 PM
Sohier Room
Can’t get to PyeongChang for the Olympics? Come to the library for an afternoon of chocolate competitions. M&M sorting, relay races and more. Bring your appetites and your friends.

22nd Annual Teen Poetry Contest
Calling all teen poets! The library is now accepting entries from local teens in grades 6 through 12 for our Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Find complete information including rules, submission form, and other details on our Teens Page.
Children's Room
For more information visit our  Kids Page or call 978-921-6062.

Winter Story Times are in session and continue through the week of February 25. Featured programs:

Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Saturday, February 3
We'll celebrate this special day with two story times and a raffle:
  • 9:30 AM, ages 0 - 2
  • 10:30 AM, ages 3 - 5 (includes craft)
Visitors on this day may enter a raffle to win a copy of Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney as well as a plush Llama, Llama toy. All welcome - join us! No registration.

"Bite Not Each Other": A Trip to Ghana
Friday, February 16 at 3:30 PM
8-year-old Fiona (Afia) Long and her mom, Julia (Akua), will talk about their recent journey to Ghana. Learn your name in Twi, taste some traditional food (peanuts probably involved) and more!

Awesome Books!
Saturday, February 17 from 12:15 - 1 PM
Share the most awesome book you’ve read recently. Bring your lunch and your awesome book! We'll provide a drink and snack. For elementary school readers; no registration.

Winter Tales by Tony Toledo*
Thursday, February 22 at 3 PM
For children in Kindergarten and up
Storyteller Tony Toledo will warm your heart as he spins enchanted winter tales. * This program is supported by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council , a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Dr. Seuss Pajama Story Time!
Friday, March 2 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with our favorite Dr. Seuss stories and a craft. Wear your cozy PJs! Donations to our PJ Drive optional. For preschool children; no registration.

We have many additional programs happening this month! Visit our Kids Page for details and times.

February Art @ the Main Library
"Macro or Micro?"
February 2 - 27, Sohier Room, Main Library
Interactive talk Monday, Feb. 5, 9:30 - 10:30 AM
A collaborative exhibit bridging art and science by SSU professors Dr. Stephen Young (Geography) and Dr. Paul Kelly (Biology). Earth and life photographs, generated by space satellite and electron microscope, differ millions of times in scale. Is an image "macro" or "micro"? Free and open during regular library hours when programs or meetings are not in progress.
Farms Branch Events
Please visit our  Farms page for additional details.

February Art: "HR Kamins: Work Through the Decades"
February 2 - 27
Five decades of art work by accomplished illustrator and designer Helen Kamins. Helen held positions in corporate Art Directorships and studied at BU and MIT, and became a pioneer in the computer graphics industry in the 1980s. All welcome.

Celebrate Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog
Thursday, February 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Join us for stories, a craft, activities and snacks. For ages 6 - 11 years old. Registration required: 978-921-6066.

Adult Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 15 from 7 - 8:30 PM
February selections are Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Pick up the books in advance at the library. Titles may be available in audiobook, ebook or large print formats. New members welcome.

Knit, Crochet & Embroider @ the Library
Thursday, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Adult handicraft group meets the first Thursday of each month. We welcome all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters and share ideas. No instruction is provided. 
Ongoing Offerings
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