Beverly Public Library   July 2018 News
"Summer Sounds" Outdoor Concerts Return
Wednesdays This Summer Starting July 11
6 - 7 PM, Winter Street Courtyard (Rain location: Sohier Room)
Summer Sounds, our free outdoor summer concert series featuring local musicians, returns to the main library in July! Join us on July 11 for the kickoff performance with Love Love Trio . View the full schedule on our website. The series will run through Wednesday, August 22.
Adult Summer Reading! Now Through August 8
Who says summer reading is just for kids? This summer, we are excited to offer a program especially designed for our readers who are 18+. Pick up one of our fun bingo boards online or at any service desk (including our Beverly Farms branch). Prizes include free Chipotle, gift cards to iTunes and Barnes and Noble, and a BOSE Bluetooth speaker! Bingo boards include all participation info and prize entry details. Info: Allison at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.
Library Closed July 4
July 4 Greeting
The main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Both libraries will resume normal hours on Thursday, July 5.
Digital New York Times Now Available
The Beverly Public Library now offers patrons FREE digital access to the New York Times from both in the library and at home (remote) access for Beverly residents. You will be granted full electronic access to all sections of the daily newspaper including full access to the Spanish and Mandarin editions. Visit our Digital Collection page for details.
New Museum Pass: Historic Beverly
Looking for something fun to do this summer, right here in town? Historic Beverly has generously donated a museum pass, now offered at the main library. The pass admits up to four people free of charge to one of the three houses (John Cabot House, Balch House, or Hale Farm) of your choosing. Children under 16 are admitted for free. Learn about Beverly’s unique history by visiting these historic properties. Reserve the pass online , call us at 978-921-6062, or in person at the Circulation desk. Have your library card handy.
Adult Programs in July
Adult Fitness Class: The Energy Barre Pop-Up
Tuesday, July 10 from 7 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration required
Trying to get in shape or just want to have some fun? Inspired by ballet and other fitness techniques, barre classes are a fun and healthy way to get moving to music while toning, strengthening, and restoring balance to the body. All fitness levels welcome. Bottled water will be provided. Questions? Please contact Allison at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.

English Learner Conversation Circles
Fridays, July 20 and August 17 from 10:15 - 11 AM
Fogg Room, Main Library
Adult English Language Learners of all levels are welcome to join our once-a-month Conversation Circles. At these free gatherings, we have comfortable conversations in English. Info: Martha at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2119.

Summer Italian Film Series
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us on Friday, July 27 at 1 PM for the final installment of our Italian film series, Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960). Freshly popped corn provided gratuito! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Free and open to adults. Info: Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

Online Radio & Music
Thursday, August 2 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration required
Learn the basics of streaming music online, creating playlists, and how to use popular music services and apps, including Bluetooth technology and BPL’s Qello Concerts . Info: Lisa at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.
Beverly Public Schools Summer Reading
School’s out for summer, and that means it’s time to read! As always, 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 on two tables in front of the teen area. The reading lists and FAQs are on our School Summer Reading page .
Children's Room
For more info, contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

Sign up for Summer Reading by July 31!
Rock out and read this summer by joining the “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program. Track your progress on a reading log. Children age 5 and up who reach 700 minutes of reading will win the Topsfield Fair Prize Packet. Children 4 and under will win a free book. Reading logs showing the 700 minutes of reading must be brought to the Children’s Room by August 8 . Everyone who brings the log back will also be entered in a raffle to win some cool prizes!

Reading for a Cause
The Friends of the Beverly Public Library have generously offered to support the local musical nonprofit group Music & Youth . Add a Book Note with the title of your favorite book to our Children’s Room musical display. When we reach 1,000 Book Notes, the Friends will donate $200 to Music & Youth.
July Event Highlights

Magic by Scott Jameson
Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30 AM 
Magician and juggler Scott Jameson weaves magic and music together in a spectacular and enthralling magic show. Watch as he makes a giant 1930’s radio vanish in mid-air!  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.

Rockin Sing-a-Long! with Steve Blunt
Friday, July 20 at 10:30 AM
Dance, sing, shake, rattle and roll at this highly interactive presentation featuring participation in a variety of modes: singing, listening, clapping, fingerplay, ASL, foreign language & large motor movement. For all ages.
“Songs of Peace” Musical Workshop
Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 PM
Dance and sing along with traditional, multi-cultural music with jazz instrumentalist / composer Sagit Zilberman. Learn exotic instruments, share and create music! For all ages.

Creature Teachers Present: The Rainforest
Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 AM
Learn about all aspects of the rainforest threats to these fragile ecosystems. Includes 8 - 10 live rainforest animals including a kinkajou, an iguana, a boa constrictor, a macaw and more. For all ages.

Visit the Kids page to see MANY MORE summer programs!
Teen Happenings
For more info, contact Meghan at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2130.

Summer Reading Program for Teens!
Register for the teen summer reading program through July 31 for opportunities to win great prizes including free books, tickets to the Topsfield Fair, and raffle tickets for the grand prizes – $50 gift cards! Teens win prizes by tracking how much they read and the events they attend on their “Libraries Rock!” Game Cards . The more you read and the more you do, the more you win! To sign up, visit library any time through Tuesday, July 31. Game cards will be available at the Reference Desk and in the Young Adult Office (when staffed).
July Event Highlights
The following events are open to young adults entering grades 6 through 12:

Murder Mystery Party
Tuesday, July 10 from 2 - 4:30 PM
Who’s the murderer? Who will solve the mystery? This fun interactive event involves one teen secretly (and unknowingly) playing a murderer while the other attendees must determine who among them is the killer! Bring your friends...and your detective skills.

Forensic Science Roadshow
Tuesday, July 17 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program introducing you to the fascinating subject of forensic science.

Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson inspired event!)
Tuesday, July 31 from 12 - 3 PM
Held on the Beverly Common, weather-permitting. (Rain location: Sohier Room.) Percy Jackson lovers and anyone looking for an interactive adventure, compete in a mystery quest with Nerf archery, dodgeball and more!
Visit the Teens page to see MANY MORE summer programs!
Farms Branch Events
July Art: “Fabric Collage, Batik, Silk Weavings, Felt and More”
July 3 - 10, Conrad Lecture Hall
Maine artist and world traveler Pat Jones will exhibit her fabric collage, silk weavings, batik and felting work. Pat learned to make textiles from artists all over the world. An "Artist’s Reception" takes place on Thursday, July 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM . All welcome. 

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, July 19 from 7 - 8:30 PM
New members welcome. This month we're discussing The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. Books may be picked up in advance at the library. Copies may be also available in large print, CD audiobook and digital formats. 

Author Talk: Elizabeth Rush
Tuesday, July 24 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Elizabeth will discuss her timely and compelling new book Rising, Dispatches from the New American Shore . The book is an urgent and illuminating look at the people and places imperiled by climate change in the US today. Elizabeth grew up in Beverly Farms, spent many happy hours in the library and is excited to return to discuss her latest work. Copies of the book will be for sale.
Children’s Event Highlights

"Libraries Rock!" Summer Reading for Children
Children can sign up to keep a reading log, participate in the candy guessing game and enjoy summer programs. Visit the library – or check out the Farms web page for information about programs, performers and activities this summer. 

The Noisy Story Time *
Mondays, July 9, 16, 23 at 11 AM
Join us for a not-so-quiet time with noisy books, activities and crafts. For age 3 - 5 years.
*Please register at 978-921-6066 or visit us.

Balloon Art
Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 PM
Chip Rascal visits the library and demonstrates his amazing talent with balloon art and balloon sculpture. For all ages.

Chickens of the World
Thursday, July 19 at 4:30 PM
Cluck, cluck! Did you ever wonder how many different kinds of chickens there are in the world? Meet a variety of live chickens from Winterberry Farm, NY and get answers to your chicken questions! For all ages.

Visit the Farms page to see MANY MORE Children's programs!
The “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Beverly Public Library, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library, Mass. Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners, the Beverly Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Topsfield Fair.
Ongoing Offerings
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