Beverly Public Library August 2019 News
Summer Sounds!
Wednesdays through August 21 from 6-7 PM
Winter Street Courtyard
Summer Sounds, our free weekly outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, is underway.

  • August 7: Brewin Brass Band, nine piece brass band playing original songs, dance covers and classic rock.
  • August 14: Bob Kramer Band, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.
  • August 21: Love Love Trio, vocal-and-lyric-driven ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock.

The series is rain or shine. Summer Sounds is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library .
Summer Reading Challenge ends August 7
Read a bunch of great books and do fun activities to win awesome prizes! To participate, download the free Beanstack Tracker app or pick up a paper challenge card . More info on our Summer Reading page . For readers 18+.
Labor Day Hours
We will be closed on Monday, September 2. In addition, the main library will be closed on Saturday, August 31. The main library is closed on Sundays and the Farms branch is closed Saturdays, until October 2019.
An Evening with Beverly Authors
Wednesday, September 11 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Local authors Meghan MacLean Weir ( The Book of Essie ), Lisa Fenn ( Carry On ), and S.E. Grove ( The Waning Age ) will speak about their books. All are welcome to attend this special event , organized in partnership with Beverly High School Library. Books will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Allison Babin .
Monday Mornings Fall Series
The Monday Mornings fall series will start on Monday, September 9. Keep a lookout for the program schedule later this month.
Adult Programs
Sewing Made Simple
Join us for some fabric fun! A four week session starting Saturday, August 3 . Registration required .

Beverly Film Society Presents: Prometheus
Join us on Friday, August 23 at 1 PM for Ridley Scott's Prometheus . Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Yoga on the Lawn
On Saturday, August 24 at 3 PM registered yoga teacher, Kelly Rusch will take us through a Vinyasa yoga class on front lawn.

English Practice Group
Weekly English practice groups on Fridays from 11-11:45 AM. For Adult English Language Learners of all levels.

Cookbook Club
Try some good food and experiment with cooking on Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 PM . Registration required .

Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times
On Thursday, September 19 at 7 PM Eileen Carlotto will demonstrate how practicing meditation can make a difference.
August Art: Terra Feels by Patty Klibansky
Sohier Room, Main Library
This month the main library welcomes an exhibit of paintings by Patty Klibansky in collaboration with Traveling GALA . Patty states, “Nature is my preferred subject in painting, whether it is of a human form, an animal, or a landscape. I utilize spontaneous brush strokes to capture the light, and in the process I reconnect with nature. It is my primary objective to inspire a gaze of our surroundings, causing us to pause, inquire, and feel.” Explore her work at or contact the artist at . The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress. There will be an  Artist Meet & Greet on Saturday, August 10 at 2 PM . All are welcome.
Beverly Public Schools: Summer Reading
Teens! Have you done your summer reading yet? The library has copies of all the books on Beverly Middle School’s and Beverly High School’s reading lists . They are located in front of the teen area. Some titles are also available as eBooks or digital audiobooks, check OverDrive , hoopla , or ask a librarian for help.

A few things to remember:
  • Books go out for three weeks and they must be returned. Please plan accordingly so the next person waiting to read the book gets a chance to read it too.

  • If you don’t see the book you want to read, please ask! There may be copies in another part of the library. If not, we may be able to borrow a copy for you from another library or add you to our waiting list. It’s quick and easy! You just need your library card and the book title.

  • If you have any questions about the list or books, ask!
Teen Happenings
More info: contact Meghan at or check the Teens page .

Summer Reading Program for Teens!
If you registered by July 31 don't forget that your game card must be fully redeemed by  August 7 at 4 PM.

Events for teens in grades 6-12
Black Light Party
Thursday, August 1 from 6-7:30 PM
Sohier Room
Party in the dark & play fun glowing games. Wear white and you'll glow! Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for funding this program!

Board Games, Raffle & Prizes
Wednesday, August 7 from 2-4 PM
Sohier Room
Drop in or stay the whole time. Play board games and eat snacks! Watch the live drawing for the grand prizes & collect any outstanding prizes.  Teen summer reading ends at 4 PM.
Children's Room
More info: contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program
Congratulations everyone for a fantastic job reading this summer! Reading logs must be returned to the Children’s Room by  Wednesday, August 7  to win the Topsfield Fair Prize Packet. It is very important that you visit the Children’s Room with your reading log by this date as we will NOT be able to accept late entries. Check the Kids page for more details. Everyone who brings the log back will also be entered in a raffle to win some cool prizes!

Reading for a Cause
Join our Galaxy of Giving and help support a budding scientist! This summer we are collecting new school supplies and backpacks for the children of Pathways in Beverly. Please drop off new school supplies and backpacks in the Children’s Room of the main library. When you donate a shooting star with your name on it will be added to our Galaxy of Giving display!
Event Highlights
Bebop Beats in Beverly!  (families with children of all ages)
Fridays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 from 10:30-11:30 AM
Join us for an interactive parent and child playgroup! Play and explore during this fun-filled hour of songs, stories, and family friendly activities. All are welcome to sing, dance, play and learn!
Presented by the CFCE of the North Shore. CFCE of the North Shore is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to the Peabody Public Schools.

Creativity Lab!  (preschool and up)
Wednesday, August 7 at 11 AM
Be creative! We’ll provide different materials for your creations like cardboard cylinders and tape, rocks and markers, egg cartons, popsicle sticks, feathers, pipe cleaners and more!

Visit the Kids page for MANY MORE fabulous programs!
Farms Branch
More info: contact the Farms branch at 978-921-6066.

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program for All Ages
Don’t forget to bring in your reading log by August 7 to reap your reading rewards! And if enough folks have read at least FOUR books this summer, the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library will make a donation to the Christa McAuliffe Center. 

UFO Egg Drop Competition
Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 PM
This is the day to try out your UFO (Unidentified Falling Object) egg drop contraption. Will your egg break when dropped? We provide the egg; you provide the ingenuity! Registration forms available at the Farms Desk.

Adult Programs
Knit, Crochet and Embroider at the Library
Thursday, August 1 from 7-8:30 PM
Adult handicraft group meets the first Thursday of each month. The program is open to all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters, and share ideas. No instruction provided.
Films at the Farms:  October Sky
Thursday, August 8 at 2 PM
To celebrate the end of our "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program, join us for a screening of  October Sky , inspired by the 1950s space race and based on Homer Hickam's memoir,  Rocket Boys . Popcorn and refreshments provided thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.
Farms Branch Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 15 from 7-8:30 PM
This adult book group meets on the third Thursday of each month. The August selection is  Where’d You Go Bernadette  by Maria Semple. Books may be picked up in advance at the library. Questions? Call us at 978-921-6066. New members always welcome.

August Art: The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape
Photographs of New Americans by Mark Chester
This month’s exhibit of inspirational portraits, presented by photographer Mark Chester, offers a moving display of more than 400 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth. A must see.

Children’s Programs
All Join In Story Time
Monday August 5 at 11 AM
A story time for kids of all ages and their families with lots of participation from all!

Rev Up with Robots Workshop for Kids  (grades 1 - 5)
Tuesday, August 6 from 2:30-4 PM
Registration required
As part of Summer STEAM!: Exploring Robots and Coding come meet Dash, Ozobot and Cubelets robots with hands on activities.
Rev Up with Robots is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Music with Dara on the Lawn  (18 months-5 years with a caregiver)
Thursday, August 8 from 6:30-7:15 PM
Join Dara for a lively interactive night-time music program on the lawn unless weather drives us indoors. All are welcome.

Films at the Farms, Junior:  Home
Friday, August 9 at 2 PM
Celebrate the end of “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program with our screening of the animated film,  Home . Prizes for all who meet the reading goal. Popcorn and refreshments provided thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.

Tuesday Night Taps and Tunes (ages 4 and under with a caregiver)
Tuesdays, August 13 and 27 at 6:30 PM
Join us for music and rhyme, rhythm, dancing and shaking, plus a parachute.
“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Beverly Public Library, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Beverly Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Topsfield Fair.
Ongoing Offerings
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