Beverly Public Library December 2018 News
Passport Day
Passport agents will be here on Saturday, December 15 from 9 AM – 1 PM to process applications, take photos, and answer any questions about applying for a passport. Advance appointments recommended. Walk-ins welcome!

Be sure to check the list of documents you need to bring. Please note: this is a passport application program; your passport will not be provided same day. Passports are sent to applicants from the US State Department. Questions? Contact Allison Babin, Assistant Library Director, at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.
2018 Staff Picks
Looking for a good book? The staff of the Beverly Public Library is pleased to share their favorite books of 2018. You’ll find a variety of genres including true crime, memoir, short stories, horror, black humor, and even a sweet children’s book that can speak to all ages. This year, several staff members chose the same titles, with Educated by Tara Westover and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi garnering multiple votes. Check out our handy list to read summaries and request our favorites online!
Helpful Tips for Book Donations
We appreciate you thinking of us for your book donations. To make book donations easier for you and to help the library, we have a few helpful tips.

  • We can accept 2 clean boxes/bags of books per household at a time.
  • Books must be in new or very good condition and be brought inside the library during open hours.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any assistance with unloading books and cannot return your boxes or bags.

For more information and to find additional locations to donate your books please read our helpful tips .
Holiday Hours
Main Library and Farms Branch
·  Monday, December 24: CLOSED
·  Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED
·  Both libraries will resume normal hours on Wednesday, December 26.   
Main Library and Farms Branch
·  Monday, December 31: closing at 4 PM
·  Tuesday, January 1, 2019: CLOSED
·  Both locations will resume normal hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Adult Programs
Winter Book Crafts
On Thursday, December 6 at 6 PM come to Winter Book Crafts and enjoy some hot chocolate while you give old books a new life.

Cookbook Club
Thursday, December 13 at 6 PM, meet new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking. Registration required .

It's a Wonderful Life
Join us Friday, December 14 at 1 PM for a screening of the seasonal classic It’s a Wonderful Life .

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

Save the Date! Pie Day
Bring the whole family on Thursday, January 17 at 7 PM to our pie potluck and story sharing with local storyteller Tony Toledo.
Fitzroy Alexander Copyright Mark Chester
December Art
December/January Art: “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans” by Mark Chester
Sohier Room, Main Library
This month the main library welcomes an exhibit by photographer Mark Chester . This exhibit of inspirational portraits offers a moving display of 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. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.
Special December Art: “SoulCollage®” by Emily Kirsch
Winter Street Lobby, Main Library
Emily Kirsch, local therapist and artist, will exhibit a selection of her SoulCollages® this December. Stop by the lobby to view them any time we are open.
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Monday Mornings
The Monday Mornings fall series wraps up in December! Please join us at 9:30 AM for the program, doors open at 9 AM for refreshments.

December 3
The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England with Ken Turino, Historic New England
December 10
Closing Holiday Concert with Joe Boccia
Teen Happenings
For more info, contact Meghan at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2130 or check the Teens page for upcoming programs, new books, and more!

Events for teens in grades 6-12

Holiday Henna
Friday, December 7 from 12 - 2 PM
Get a henna tattoo and make a fuse-bead craft to give as a gift (or keep for yourself. We won’t tell). FREE! Snacks and all materials provided. Must bring signed permission slip – available in the Teen Department of the library or on the Teens page .

Teen LEGO Build
Tuesday, December 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Stop by and build something AWESOME with our LEGOs. And yes...there will be snacks.

Girls Who Code Club Information Session
Monday, December 17 from 4 - 5 PM
Interested in building a website or cool app? Want to work as a team and build a project you care about? Join our new Girls Who Code Club. No coding experience necessary. Just bring your commitment to trying something new. Come to the information session (parents and guardians welcome) to learn more. Club registration will be in January, with a club start date of February 4.
Interested in helping facilitate the club? Facilitators must be 18+ years old and have a passion for the mission of GWC. Coding experience a plus. Please contact Meghan at .

Pizza & a Movie: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Thursday, December 20 from 3:30 - 6 PM
Join us for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the big screen...with free pizza! 
Children's Room
For more info, contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

Winter Story Times begin the week of January 6, 2019 and last through the week of February 24, 2019 - check the Kids page for details.
December Event Highlights

Tuesday, December 11 & Wednesday, December 12 at 10:30 AM
Join us for a new take on traditional story times! We’ll use a combination of eBooks and apps as well as our usual songs, rhymes, shakers and scarves!
Graphic Novel Book Club (For grades 3 - 6)
Wednesday, December 19 at 4 PM
Join us for our new monthly Graphic Novel Book Club! We will discuss Secret Coders: Get with the Program by Gene Luen Yang. Copies of the book are available at the Children’s Circulation desk to pick up before the group meets. Each meeting will include a discussion and an activity centered around the graphic novel of the month!

LEGO Family Build
Saturday, December 22 from 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Build outstanding LEGO creations with the whole family!
Visit the Kids page for MANY MORE fabulous programs!
Farms Branch Events
December Art: “Experimental Group - Rockport Art Association & Museum”
December 3 - 30
The Experimental Group is a community of artists who come together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The artists will exhibit exciting works in a variety of mediums. There will be an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, December 8 from 1 - 3 PM . All are welcome to meet the artists.
The Nutcracker Tea
Sunday, December 2 from 12 - 2 PM
Join us for our annual open house featuring visits from the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mrs. Santa Claus. We’ll have a musical performance, crafts for children, festive treats, tea and holiday punch. The Tea is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.
Knitting for Charity
We are inviting all handcrafters to knit or crochet a warm winter item for a child or adult in need. Items can be dropped off at the Beverly Farms Library anytime through January. The items will be donated to Beverly Bootstraps and will be given to needy adults and children. All donations should be new items.
Children’s Events
Gingerbread House Workshop (For ages 7 - 11)
Wednesday, December 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Registration required
Children will create their own colorful gingerbread houses using a variety of edible materials.
Holiday Concert with Dara
Wednesday, December 19 from 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Dara presents a lively, interactive music program each month at the library. The show is geared for children ages 18 months - 5 years and a parent or caregiver. All are welcome.
Winter Story Times resume in January - check the Farms page for details.
Ongoing Offerings
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