Beverly Public Library  October 2017 News
Special October Hours
Columbus Day: The main library and the Farms branch will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day. 

Extended weekend hours:
Extended 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.
This Month! Fall Book Sale and Member Preview
Couple Reading
BOOK SALE: Sat., October 21 through Sun., October 29
MEMBER PREVIEW: Friday, October 20, 6 - 8 PM
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery, Main Library
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. Memberships start at only $15!  Learn more about the sale and preview here .
Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy!
Monday, October 16 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore, often right under your nose? Join Beverly's "Renaissance Man," Dugie Russell, to learn his secrets for locating potential mushroom hot-spots on the North Shore, as well as poisonous fungi to avoid and fun anecdotes, tips and facts. Dugie has 40+ years of mushroom-hunting experience. Free and open to adults, signup not required. Light refreshments. Read more here.
All About eBooks, Audiobooks, and More
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! Free and open to adults. Registration is required - register here or read more here.
NaNoWriMo Write-Ins in November
Sundays, November 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 1:15 - 4:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration required
We’re excited to be hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Write-Ins this November. Bring your laptop, notebook, or scribe to the library each Sunday where we’ll have tables, chairs, outlets, free wifi, and free snacks. Free and open to writers of all ages. If you'd like, register and more at the NaNoWriMo website! More details here. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
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 (or those fingers typing!). Writers are encouraged to bring short original works for work-shopping and critique. Light snacks provided. Space limited -  email Liz Ciampa to register.
Childrens Room
For more information visit our  Kids Page  or call 978-921-6062, ext. 2107.

Story Times are in session and will run through the week of October 29. Featured programs:

"What’s the Big Idea?" Math and Science Story Time
Tuesdays at 3:30 PM, October 3 - 31
Based on the "What’s the Big Idea?" program created by Mother Goose Programs (VT Center for the Book). For children age 4 through 6. Registration not required.

A Little Night Music and Rhyme 
Thursdays at 6:30 PM, October 5 - November 2
Join us for musical rhythmic fun! Dancing, shaking, moving and singing! For families and kids under 5 (or so). Registration not required.

LEGO CLUB (Pre-school to Grade 5)
Thursday, October 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Drop-in program - registration not required.

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz
Saturday, October 14 at 10 AM
A fun, interactive mix of children's sing-a-long music, movement and literature. For newborns to 5 years and their parents / caregivers. All welcome - sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Please see the Kids Page for additional programs and details!
Monday Mornings: Upcoming Programs
Mondays from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
"Monday Mornings" is a free program for senior adults. All adults welcome. Free, no signup needed. Light refreshments at 9 AM. Upcoming:

October 2
"From Basil to Baseball: Urban Farming at Fenway Park & Beyond" with Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers
October 16
"Eastern Europe (Along the Danube)" with John Archer
October 30
"People and Personalities in Beverly History" with Fred Hammond

No programs on October 9 (Columbus Day) and October 23 ( Fall Book Sale). Fall 2017 Monday Mornings Schedule
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Meghan Karasin at

"Count the Candy Corn" Contest
October 2 - 31 
Stop by the YA area and take a guess at how many candy corns are in the jar. The closest guess wins bragging rights…. and the jar of candy corn! All entries must be received by 5pm on October 31st.

Summer Reading Art Gallery - Opening Celebration
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8 PM
Celebrate the opening of an art exhibit by Briscoe Middle School and Beverly High School students, featuring artistic creations that bring their summer reading experiences to life. Light refreshments included. Free, all are welcome!

Pizza & A Movie: Wonder Woman
Thursday, October 5 from 3:45 - 6 PM
Join us for Wonder Woman on the big screen...with free pizza! Location: Sohier Room.

Pumpkin Painting
Wednesday, October 11 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM
We’ll have mini pumpkins, paint supplies, and snacks of course. Come show off your pumpkin decorating skills!

Pizza Book Club (Grades 6 through 12)
Monday, October 16 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM
* Registration required *
Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! This quarter's selection: The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman. This club is especially good for middle school - see additional tips on the Teens Page. REGISTER here.
Farms Branch Events
Please visit our  Farms page for additional details, or call 978-921-6066.

October Programs:

Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies by Olga Morrill
Thursday, October 5 from 7 - 8 PM
Author and Beverly Farms native Olga Morrill will discuss her well-researched novel about Quakers in early Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first of a planned trilogy that will follow the Quakers to other areas of North America. Autographed copies of Olga’s book will be available for purchase.

Children’s Programs:

Fall Story Times are in session - check days and times here.

Music With Dara
Friday, October 6 at 10:30 AM
A lively, interactive musical program each month for kids 18 months to 5 years. All welcome.

Monster Mash Thursday
Thursday, October 19 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Registration required
For age 6 - 11 years. Join us for a spooky time, featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts and ghoulish goodies. *Please register in advance – if you dare! - at 978-921-6066.

Robin Hood: A Play
Wednesday, November 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
For age 6 and up. The Hampstead Stage Company presents the classic English tale.

October Art: “Trees, Like You’ve Never Seen”
October 3 - 30, Conrad Lecture Hall
"A gentle walk through an artistic glen" by artist Ron Pruett. Images of trees and flora in styles ranging from realistic to abstract. Artist’s Reception: Thursday, October 12 from 5 - 7 PM , followed by a Watercolor Art Demonstration by artist Chris Coyne from 7:15 - 8:30 PM . Sponsored by the Beverly Guild of Artists.
Ongoing Offerings
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