Beverly Public Library June 2019 News
Summer Reading All-Ages Kickoff Celebration Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-8 PM
Come celebrate the start of our Summer Reading Program and enjoy free ice cream! Join us to find out about all of the amazing summer happenings at the library. All-ages welcome! Thank you to Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream and the Friends of the Library for supplying the ice cream!

Summer Reading Program for All!
Check our Summer Reading page for information about all the cool programs we have for kids, teens, and adults this summer. From Topsfield Fair prize packets, Slime Time, an all day MOON PARTY, yoga, robots, and (the best part) reading, we bet you'll find something.
Summer Hours
A reminder that summer weekend hours for both locations have begun; the main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed Saturdays, until October 2019. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays.
Passport Day
Saturday, June 1 from 9 AM - 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library  
Advance registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome!

Passport agents will be here to process applications, take photos, and answer any questions about applying for a passport. Contact to schedule an appointment. Be sure to check this 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.
Summer Sounds Returns
Wednesdays, July 10 through August 21 from 6-7 PM
We’re happy to announce that Summer Sounds, our free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, will return this year with a lineup featuring a great variety of family-friendly performances.
Keep up with the series on our events calendar . Summer Sounds is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library .
Adult Programs
Books and Brunch
Join us for a special “A Universe of Stories”-themed book group at Bonefish Harry's on Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM . Registration required .

Beverly Film Society Presents: The Hate U Give
Join us on Friday, June 28 at 1 PM for The Hate U Give . B ased on the acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas. Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Yoga on the Lawn
On Saturday, June 29 at 11 AM 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.

Cutting the Cord! Exploring Alternative to Cable TV
On Tuesday, July 2 at 7 PM explore some of the ways you can quit cable, keep the channels you care about, gain access to on-demand content, and even retain your DVR capabilities.
June Art: Pet Projects by Amanda Beard Garcia
Sohier Room, Main Library
Acrylic paintings by local artist Amanda Beard Garcia are on view during the month of June. Garcia is exhibiting over 25 hand-painted portraits of beloved dogs and cats of friends in a self-initiated series titled “Pet Projects.” Garcia is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Beverly native. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. When she's not creating, you can probably find her at a rock concert, home-improving, reciting quotes from New Girl , or snuggling her six year-old Corgi, Pica. Contact Amanda Beard Garcia at . The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.
Beverly Public Schools: Summer Reading
School’s (almost) out for summer, and that means it’s time to read! The library has purchased multiple copies of all the books on Beverly Middle School’s and Beverly High School’s reading lists . The books 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 .

Events for teens in grades 6-12

Pizza Book Club: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Wednesday, June 5 from 3:45-4:45 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! Open to teens in grades 6-12, but is especially good for middle school. (BMS students: Ask your teacher if Pizza Book Club can fulfill your independent reading requirement.)
Summer Reading Kickoff
Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-8 PM
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and enjoy free ice cream!
Cupcake Wars
Wednesday, June 26 from 2-3:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for a cupcake decorating contest! Theme and secret ingredient revealed at the event. Participation may be limited due to space and supply constraints.
Children's Room
More info: contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program
Blast off and explore worlds of fun by joining “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program! Check the Summer Reading page for info on cool prizes and events this summer.
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

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration
Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-8 PM
Visit the library to sign up for our Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories.” Learn how to earn tickets for the Topsfield Fair, pick up your summer reading packet and enjoy some delicious ice cream. Thank you to Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream and the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supplying the ice cream!

Summer Story Times start the week of June 30 - check the Kids page for details.

Bubbleology with Keith Michael Johnson
Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30 AM
Explore the secret world of bubbles! Learn about the science, art and fun of bubbles as Keith creates fantastic bubble sculptures including a spinning spaceship, a bubbly Eiffel Tower and a dancing snowman. Keith seamlessly incorporates scientific concepts such as surface tension, states of matter, elasticity and more in this entertaining presentation showcasing the magic of bubbles.
This program is supported by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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 Registration begins Wednesday, June 19. There are prizes to be won by all and school-age children can earn Topsfield Fair tickets. If enough patrons, of all ages, read FOUR books between June 19 and August 9, the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library will make a donation to the Christa McAuliffe Center.
Knit, Crochet and Embroider at the Library
Thursday, June 6 from 7-8:30 PM
Adult handicraft group meets the first Thursday of each month. Open to all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters and share ideas. No instruction provided.

Library Lawn Party
Saturday, June 8 from 1-3 PM
Join us for our annual party on the library lawn for old-fashioned fun, games, crafts, a book sale and ice cream sundaes for all. Plus learn about “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program for all-ages. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.
Note: The Lawn Party goes on rain or shine. We’ll bring the whole party indoors if needed!

What's all the hoopla about hoopla?
Tuesday, June 11 from 7:30-8:30 PM
Wondering how to stream movies, listen to music, or access audiobooks on an app? Join us as Reference Librarian, Lisa Ryan, answers this and other questions about the library's digital collections !
Singing and Signing
Thursday, June 13 from 10:30-11:15 AM
Join us for this musical sign language program for preschoolers and seniors. Sing along and learn the sign language for your favorite songs with Wendy and her guitar and Vicki, a sign language professional. Fun for all ages! All are welcome.

Films at the Farms: BlacKkKlansman
Tuesday, June 18 at 6 PM
Popcorn and refreshments provided thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.
June Art: “The Whites” by Jan and Bruce White
June 3-30
This month, Jan and Bruce White share their love of both art and photography. Jan will display her watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and Bruce his photography, often of the same subjects. “We sincerely hope you will enjoy!” Meet the artists at their Art Show Opening on Monday, June 3 from 3-5:45 PM.
Teen Programs
Space Exploration for Teens
Thursday, June 27 from 6:30-8:15 PM
Oreo phases of the moon and more!

Children’s Events
Tuesday Night Taps and Tunes
Tuesdays, June 11 and 25 at 6:30 PM
Join us for music and rhyme, rhythm, dancing and shaking, plus a parachute. For children 4 years and under and their caregivers.
Music with Dara on the Lawn
Thursday, June 13 from 6:30-7:15 PM
Join Dara for a lively interactive night-time music program on the lawn unless weather drives us indoors. The program is geared for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregivers. All are welcome.
Alien Houses
Thursday, June 27 at 11 AM
Make two homes for your own little alien using various natural materials, one for the library lawn (weather permitting) and one to take home. All-ages.
“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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