Beverly Public Library May 2017 News
May Holiday and Summer Hours
Please note that Sunday hours at the main library, and Saturday hours at the Farms branch, will end for the season as of Memorial Day weekend (May 27 through May 29, 2017). The final Sunday that the main library will be open is May 21, and the final Farms Saturday will be May 20. Extended weekend hours will resume in the fall. 

Additionally, both libraries will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day, and the main library will also be closed Saturday, May 27.
Meet Our New Director
Please join us in welcoming the library’s new director, Anna Langstaff! Anna moved into the Director position in early April following the retirement of Patricia Cirone. Anna has been at the Beverly Public Library for 33 years, starting out as Head of Circulation and moving on to Assistant Director in 1993. The trustees of the library voted unanimously in February 2017 to name her as the new director. Read more here
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 needed; open to age 10 and up. Laptops/devices welcome. Please register here. Questions? Email for more info or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2143. 
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
Spring Technology Series 
May and June 2017
Sohier Room, Main Library
*Space limited - 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 in May and June, and include music streaming services and online academic courses. Space is limited and registration is required – learn more and/or register here
Science with Lisa: May 18
Thursday, May 18 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
 * Space limited - registration required.* Adults! Join us for a fun evening of science experiments at a hands-on workshop that will introduce you to simple experiments and concepts. Some of the topics will include exothermic chemical reactions, acid/base chemistry, and density towers. We'll also take a look at science resources at the library. The program is free and open to adults (age 18 and up). Learn more and register here
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
Save the Date: "Letters from the Homefront"
Monday, June 5 from 10 - 11 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join Ohio folk singer Judy Cook and her husband Dennis for a program highlighting letters written by Judy's Wisconsin ancestors, Gilbert and Esther (Colby) Claflin, during the Civil War. This program is the final in a series of three begun in 2015. This 1-hour illustrated program will focus on the letters Esther and her sons wrote to Gilbert, stationed in a Union infantry camp, while keeping the home fires burning. Free and open to adults; light refreshments. Read more about this program, and Judy,  here
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Allison at

May Events
The following events are open to young adults in grades 6 through 12:

Anime Club
Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us to watch anime with other fans, and enjoy free snacks!

Pizza and a Movie: Doctor Strange
Thursday, May 18 from 4 - 6 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for this action-packed Marvel movie on our big screen, and enjoy free pizza while you watch.

Children's Room
For more information visit our Kids Page or call us at 978-921-6062. 

The Spring Story Times session will conclude the week of May 7. And please join us for the following programs: 

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. A collage craft will follow each story time.

A Little Night Music and Rhyme: Mondays at 6:30 PM. (Will not meet May 29) For families and kids under 5 (or so). No registration required. 

MCBA Book Club: Wednesday, May 3 at 4 PM. For grades 4 - 6. This month's selection: The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz. New members welcome!

Lego Club: Thursday, May 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. For grades K - 5. Drop-in program - no registration required.

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz: Saturday, May 13 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, May 18 at 3:30 PM. For grades 1 - 5. No registration required. This month, we'll explore balloon physics! Design a balloon car and rocket, and learn about thrust.

May Art @ the Main Library
May Art: “Birds, Bugs and Beautiful Sights”
Bob and Anne Wilson
May 2 - May 30, Sohier Room
The main library is hosting an exhibit of photographs by Wakefield residents Bob and Anne Wilson. For almost a half-century, Bob and Anne have been taking pictures together and separately. Bob does mostly nature, while Anne shoots anything that takes her fancy. She also creates her own kaleidoscopic images. All welcome to view this free exhibit during regular library hours, when library programs or community meetings are not in progress. Info: or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.
Farms Branch Events
Spring Story Times: Please visit the Farms page for dates and times, or call 978-921-6066. 

Annual Library Lawn Party! 
Sunday, June 10 from 1 - 3 PM
Musical entertainment, a spring book sale, games and crafts for children, and ice creams sundaes for all. Find out about "Build a Better World" summer reading activities for children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library. Rain or shine. 

Upcoming May programs: 

Cooking Through History: Tuesday, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 PM. Join author Claire Cabot to learn how to create a dinner, cocktail party, or brunch centered on a historical person. Based on Claire's book, which will be available for purchase (partial proceeds benefit the Beverly Farms Library). 

One World, Many Stories – Celebrate Children’s Book Week”: May 1-7. Join us to celebrate children’s books and reading with special drop-in activities this week. 

Pop-Up Art Workshop: Thursday, May 4 from 3:30 - 5 PM. *Registration required*  For kids 8-12 years old. A workshop based on the art of Brian Wildsmith’s Birds. Create a colorful, three-dimensional bird sculpture using a variety of materials. Register: 978-921-6066. 

Singing and Signing - A Multigenerational Music Program: Thursday, 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. 

Pre-School Music with Dara: Friday, May 5 at 10:45 AM. Join Dara each month for an interactive program geared to children ages 18 month to 5 years old. All welcome.

May Art @ the Farms: “Pattern Play” 
May 2 - 30, Conrad Lecture Hall
Physical, artistic and spiritual patterns expressed through fiber, paint, collage and mixed media works by Suzanne Nichelson and Joanne Fossa. Artists' Reception on Tuesday, May 16 from 6 - 8 PM. All welcome to the exhibit and reception. The exhibit is open during regular library hours. 
Ongoing Offerings
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