Volume 26, No. 12 | December 2017
Beverly Public Library News
Upcoming Holiday Hours
The main library and the Farms branch will be CLOSED Sunday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 26. Both libraries will resume normal hours on Wednesday, December 27.

New Year's:
The main library will CLOSE at 4 PM on Sunday, December 31 (the Farms branch is closed on Sundays). Both libraries will be CLOSED on Monday, January 1, 2018 and will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 2.
Holiday Book Crafts
Thursday, December 7
5:30 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Give old books new life as holiday ornaments and cards! No experience or registration needed. Free and open to adults, and teens age 14 and up (some crafting tools not appropriate for children). Hot chocolate included. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.
Hitchcock, Truffaut & Popcorn!
Begins Friday, December 15
1 - 3 PM: Vertigo
Sohier Room, Main Library
Are you a classic movie buff with Friday afternoons available? Join us for a 5-film monthly series honoring two of the 20th century's most beloved filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock and "French New Wave" auteur Francois Truffaut. We're kicking off the series with Hitchcock's classic 1958 film Vertigo (and popcorn, of course). Read more here.
New! Borrow a Chromebook
The main library now offers a limited number of Chromebooks for single-day use inside the library on a first come, first serve basis. Chromebooks are easy to use laptops that are great for basic internet browsing, checking email, accessing social media networks, and using Google Apps. Borrowers must have a valid NOBLE library card in good standing and sign a user agreement. Inquire at our Reference desk.
Updated Hot 100 Authors List
We've refreshed our Hot 100 authors list! If you've got a favorite author (or three, or five) and would like us to automatically place a hold for you when their latest books are published, let us know! Stop by our Reference desk to see the updated list and sign up.
Announcing: 2017 Staff Picks
Looking for a good book? Our staff is pleased to share our favorite books published in 2017. Our staff's varied tastes include thrillers, graphic novels, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, satires, memoirs, and more. View the list to read summaries and request our favorites online!
Personalized Book Lists
Attention readers! Don’t know what to read next? We offer personalized suggestions for adults, teens and kids. Just fill out a Personalized Reading List request form on our website. The service is private, and no one will see the information you share or the list we create for you except library staff.  Learn more here.
Children's Room
See more programs on our Kids Page or call us at 978-921-6062.

Winter Story Times begin the week of January 7, 2018. Featured programs:

Celebrate Light! 
Tuesday, December 12 at 3:30 PM
Learn about festivals of light from around the world; make your own light to take home. For kids age 4 and up, and their families. No registration needed.

Special Science Squad
Session I - Thursday, December 21 at 3 PM
Session II - Thursday, December 21 at 4 PM
* Registration required *
Learn about electronics with Snap Circuits Jr. Create exciting projects such as a flying saucer, alarms, doorbells and more!
or call 978-921-6062.

LEGO Family Build
Saturday, December 23 from 2 - 3 PM
Build outstanding LEGO creations with the whole family! No registration needed.

A Little Night Music and Rhyme 
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
For families and kids under 5 (or so). No registration needed.

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz
Saturday, December 9 at 10 AM
A fun mix of sing-along music, movement and literature for newborn - 5 years and parents / caregivers. No registration needed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Save the Date: Pie Potluck
Thursday, January 18 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Our annual family-friendly celebration of National Pie Day! Create or buy a pie to share with attendees after a fun story sharing session led by local storyteller Tony Toledo. More details to come on the library's website and in our January news. Info: flynn@noblenet.org.
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our Teens Page or email Meghan Karasin at karasin@noblenet.org.

Teen Department events are for teens in grades 6 through 12 only.

"Count the Kisses"
December 1 - 31
Test your skills at candy estimation! Stop by the teen room to guess how many Hershey’s kisses are in the jar.

Holiday Henna: Sohier Room
Thursday, December 7 from 2 - 4 PM
* Permission slip required *
Get a henna tattoo and make DIY snowflake window clings. FREE. Snacks and all materials provided. Permission slip available here or in the Teen Department.

Pizza & A Movie: Elf - The Interactive Movie
Thursday, December 21 from 3:45 - 5:30 PM
Sohier Room
What’s better than watching Elf? Watching Elf while you shout, sing, and snack along with it! Teens will receive prop bags full of surprises and instructions to interact with this classic holiday movie.

Save the Date: 22nd Annual Teen Poetry Contest
Calling all teen poets! Starting Wednesday, January 3, 2018 the library will accept entries from local teens in grades 6 through 12 for our Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Complete information about the contest will be posted to our Teens Page by the opening date.

Call for Artists: 2018 - 2019
Are you an artist looking for free public display space? The main library is currently seeking artists to fill our 2019 art exhibit schedule, and a few remaining slots in 2018. Exhibits are mounted monthly in the library's Sohier Room on the ground floor. The Sohier Room has approximately 67 linear feet of display space. If interested, please contact Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.
Art @ the Main Library
"Reflections" by Rob Franco 
December 4 - 26
Sohier Room, Main Library
Vibrant oil paintings by Natick, MA artist Rob Franco are on view this month. Tranquil bodies of water is the theme behind the works in the exhibit. Free and open to the public during regular library hours when programs or community meetings are not in progress. Info: flynn@noblenet.org.
Beverly Farms Branch News
For more information contact the Farms branch at 978-921-6066 or visit our Farms web page.

The Nutcracker Tea
Sunday, December 3 from 12 - 2 PM
Our annual holiday open house sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library. Festive treats, tea, holiday punch, and much more - fun for the whole family!


Winter Story Times begin the week of January 8.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Wednesday, December 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
* Registration required *
For ages 7 - 11 years. Children will create their own colorful gingerbread houses using a variety of edible materials. Register at 978-921-6066.

Music with Dara
Friday January 5 at 10:30 AM
A lively interactive music program for ages 18 months - 5 years. All welcome.

December Art: Beverly Guild of Artists
"Holidays Group Exhibit," December 2 - 29
Guild members display works in a variety of media. "Meet the Artists" reception on Thursday, December 14 from 5 - 9 PM. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Book Discussion Group 
Thursday, December 21 from 7 - 8:30 PM
This month: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon. New members always welcome! Books may be picked up in advance at our main desk, or inquire about audio or digital formats.

Knitting for Charity
Knit or crochet a warm winter item for a child or adult in need. Items will be donated to and distributed (for free) by Beverly Bootstraps. Drop off items (Farms branch) in December and January. All donations should be new items.
Ongoing Offerings
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