Beverly Public Library  September 2017 News
Do You Have Your Mini-Golf Tickets Yet?
In just 3 weeks, the Beverly Public Library will be transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course for a fantastic FUN-draiser to benefit our Teen Renovation Project . Greens and holes will wind through the stacks and down the stairs! There's an option for everyone:

Adult Par-Tee (18+): Saturday, September 23 from 7 - 9 PM
Putt your way through the library after hours while enjoying music, refreshments and a cash bar (beer and wine). $30 per person.  Register here

Fore! Families: Sunday, September 24 from 10 AM - 1 PM
A "hole" lot of fun for your mini-family members and folks of all ages! $5 per person.  Register here

Early registration is encouraged! Need more info? See more on our  event page.
Labor Day Weekend
Library Closed Labor Day
The main library and the Farms branch will be closed Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day holiday. The main library will also be closed Saturday, September 2. The main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed on Saturdays, through September.
Extended Weekend Hours Return
Our extended weekend hours will resume on Sunday, October 1. Expanded weekend hours will continue until Memorial Day 2018.
  • Main library: Sunday hours (1 - 5 PM) resume on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
  • Farms branch: Saturday hours (10 AM - 5 PM) resume on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays.
  • Columbus Day: Both library locations will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017.
Book Lovers - Join Us!
We've got two free programs for book lovers coming up in September and October. Location: Sohier Room, Main Library.

Let’s Chat About Books! A Program for Book Lovers
Thursday, September 14 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Free, no signup needed! Join other book lovers to chat about your favorite books, authors, and genres, and learn about databases and services that can help you in your search for the perfect book. Learn more here.

All About eBooks: Meet Libby
Wednesday, October 11 from 10 - 11:30 AM
*Registration required.* Learn to download eBooks, listen to audiobooks from a device, access free digital magazines, and learn about Libby, the new one-tap reading app! Registration is required - register here or read more here.
Save the Date: Fall Book Sale and Preview
October 21 through October 29
Main Library, Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery
Members-Only Preview: Friday, October 20 from 6 - 8 PM
Our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale begins on Saturday, October 21. There'll be a huge selection of books for all ages! Join the Friends and access the members-only Book Sale Preview on Friday, October 20 from 6 - 8 PM. Memberships start at only $15! Learn more about the sale and preview here.
Adult Computer Instruction
Tuesdays, 6 - 7 PM, Main Library
By appointment only
Are you a novice at using personal computers or tablets? Need to brush up on your email, internet, or Microsoft Word skills, or need help with basic job search documents or online job applications? The main library’s Reference Department offers 1-hour, individual assistance on Tuesday evenings by appointment. To reserve a space, visit the Reference Desk (2nd floor), email or call 978-921-6062.
Meet Our New YA Librarian
The main library has a new Young Adult Librarian! We are pleased to welcome Meghan Karasin. Meghan has over 10 years of experience as a high school librarian, and is excited about getting to know Beverly's teens. Read more about Meghan here.
Monday Mornings Returns
Monday, September 11 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Monday Mornings is a weekly lecture series for senior adults that runs in the spring and fall months at the main library. Join us for the opening fall program, "Wooden Ships & Iron Men," on Monday, September 11. Bob Begin will tell us about the brilliant performance of the USS Constitution (launched in 1797!) during the War of 1812. Free, no signup needed. Light refreshments at 9 AM. Fall 2017 Monday Mornings Schedule
Children's Room
For more information visit our  Kids Page or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2107.

Topsfield Fair Prize Packets
Topsfield Fair Prize Packets must be picked up by 12 PM (noon) on Friday, September 8, 2017. Prize Packets will not be available after this date!

Story Times will begin the week of September 10. Upcoming programs:

A Little Night Music and Rhyme 
Thursdays at 6:30, September 7 through 21
Musical rhythmic fun - dancing, shaking, moving and singing! For families and kids under 5 (or so). Signup not required.

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz
Saturday, September 9 from 10 - 10:30 AM
A fun, interactive mix of children's sing-a-long music, movement and literature for ages 0 - 5 and parents/caregivers. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding this program! 

Friendship & Peace Story Time (For ages 3-6)
Monday, September 11 at 11 AM
Members of Endicott College’s LIGHThouse Leadership Society will present a story time celebrating peace and friendship, along with a craft.

What’s the Big Idea? Math and Science Story Time 
Tuesdays at 3:30 PM
September 12 through October 31  (Will not meet September 26)
Math and science in a story time and activity. For ages 4 through 6. Signup not required.

LEGO Club (Pre-School through Grade 5)
Thursday, September 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Drop-in program, signup not required.

Science Squad (For grades 1 - 5)
Thursday, September 28 from 3:30 PM
Create fireworks in a jar and other water & oil experiments! Signup not required.
Free Writing Workshop
Free Creative Writing Workshop 
Thursday, October 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
*Registration required*
Are you looking for a place and time for creative writing practice? In this free workshop, participants will explore the art and craft of writing, using unique creative writing prompts to keep that pen moving. Writers are encouraged to bring short original works for work-shopping and critique. Light snacks provided. Space limited - register by emailing the instructor, Liz Ciampa.
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Meghan Karasin at

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

Pizza & a Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Thursday, September 21 from 3:45 - 6 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (PG-13) on the big screen...with free pizza! 

Intro to 3D Printing & Design
Thursday, September 28 from 3:45 to 5:15 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Learn the basics of working with the 3D printer and simple design using Thingiverse and SketchUp software, and more. Open to age 12-18. Learn more here.

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Voting is Open!
Teens - nominate your favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open now through Teen Read Week: October 8-14, 2017.  Vote for up to 3 Books on the Teens Page.
September Art @ the Main Library
September 6 - 29
Sohier Room, Main Library
Artist Reception and Open Mic: Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
View a collection of 249 art cups by Beverly resident and story teller Tony Toledo. Tony uses Sharpie markers and his imagination to transform white "to go" coffee cups into tiny curved canvases. Pick up any cup and read the bottom to get answers to questions you might have about Tony's work! The exhibit and Artist Reception and open mic are free and open to all.
Farms Branch Events
Visit our  Farms page for additional details or call 978-921-6066.

Upcoming adult programs:

Art Demonstration
Thursday, September 14 from 6 - 8 PM
Cape Ann artist Bruce Turner presents an oil painting demonstration. Sponsored by the Beverly Guild of Artists. Open to the public.

Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies by Olga Morrill 
Thursday, October 5 from 7 - 8 PM 
Author Olga Morrill will discuss her book and research about Quakers in early Massachusetts Bay Colony – a dangerous time and place to be a Quaker. Autographed copies of Olga’s book will be available for purchase.

September Art: “Kaleidoscope Group Photography”
September 4 - 28, Conrad Lecture Hall
Artists' Reception: Thursday, September 7 from 6 - 8 PM
Engaging and enticing representational works by Kaleidoscope, an informal group of photographers in the Boston Metro area. All welcome to the exhibit and reception.

Programs for Children:

Fall Story Times begin the week of September 25. Please see the Farms Page for more details.

Music With Dara
Friday, September 8 at 10:30 AM
A lively and interactive monthly musical program for children 18 months to 5 years and their parent or caregiver. All welcome!
Ongoing Offerings
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