Beverly Public Library  May 2018 News
Delayed Opening May 4
The main library will open at 1 PM on Friday, May 4 due to staff training. We will be open 1 - 5 PM.
New! Join Our Cookbook Club
Thursday, May 31 from 6 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required
Meet new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking! How does it work? Register and pick up a mystery ingredient at the Reference desk. Cook something with the mystery ingredient and bring your dish to share on May 31. One mystery ingredient per household. Handicapped accessible. Info: Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.
May Holiday Hours
The main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Memorial Day weekend:
  • Saturday, May 26
  • Sunday, May 27 (Farms always closed Sundays)
  • Monday, May 28
We hope you enjoy the holiday.
Summer Hours
Sunday hours at the main library and Saturday hours at the Farms branch end for the season as of Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018).
  • Final open Sunday for main library: May 20
  • Final open Saturday for Farms branch: May 19
Extended weekend hours will resume in October. Enjoy the summer!
Spring Book Crafts
Spring Book Crafts
Thursday, May 17 from 6 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us to make old books into something new! We'll create paper bouquets and cards out of re-purposed books. Free and open to age 14 and up (tools not appropriate for children). No registration. Info: Katie at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.
Learn Google Suite This Month
"Introduction to Google Suite" (Parts 1 & 2)
Wednesdays, May 9 and May 16 at 10 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required
Learn the basics of some of the free online tools in Google Suite in this two-part series. Register for one or both. Part 1 (May 9) will cover Drive and Docs. Part 2 (May 16) will cover Google Sheets, Slides, Maps, and Hangouts. Get all the details here.
Well Met: Songs of the Sea
Monday, June 4 from 10 - 11 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join folk singer Judy Cook for an illustrated musical program featuring historic and traditional sea songs and ballads, including stories of men, women and the sea; shipwrecks; ghosts; and mermaids. The songs are funny and serious, chorus and narrative, ancient and not-so-ancient. Sing along! Free and open to adults, signup not required. Light refreshments. Info: Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.
Italian Summer Film Series
Fridays: May 25, June 22, and July 27 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Spend your summer in Italy with our Italian Summer Film Series! On the 4th Friday of May, June and July, enjoy air conditioning, fresh popcorn and the film artistry of renowned Italian directors Fellini, Antonioni and Visconti. No registration needed. Find titles and other details here.
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our Teens Page or email Meghan at

The following programs are located in the Sohier Room:

Pizza & a Movie: Black Panther
Thursday, May 24 from 3:45 - 6 PM
Eat free pizza at the library and watch Black Panther on our big screen!

Teen Trivia 
Wednesday, May 9 from 3:45 - 5 PM
Let your inner nerd shine! Grab some friends and show off how smart you are. Teens will answer a variety of questions with prizes for the top scores and snacks for everyone.

Pizza Book Club: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Tuesday, June 12 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Registration required
Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! Our book this quarter is The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. Pick up a copy at the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the library. Register here.
Conversation Circles
Fridays: May 25 and June 15 from 10:15 - 11 AM
Barnet Gallery, Main Library
Adult English Language Learners - join comfortable conversations in English at our monthly Conversation Circles. We'll focus on common English expressions, grammar, issues of local interest, and perhaps some poetry. Free; signup not needed. Information: Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or
Welcome in many languages
May Art @ the Main Library
Beverly Guild of Artists
May 3 - 29
Sohier Room, Main Library
BGOA members Mary Scannell, Anna Marie Walsh, Ed Krukonis, Ron Pruett, Alice Gardner, Marcia Savory, Natalie Bacheller and Martha Lincoln display their artwork this month. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours when library programs or meetings are not in progress. Info:
Children's Room
For more information visit our Kids Page or call 978-921-6062.

Spring Story Times conclude the week of May 6. Upcoming featured programs:

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz
Saturday, May 5 from 10 - 10:30 AM
A fun, interactive mix of children’s sing-a-long music, movement and literature. For age 0 - 5 and parents/caregivers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. No registration.

Thursday, May 10 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Drop-in program for pre-school to Grade 5. Build spectacular LEGO structures we'll display in the Children's Room! No registration.

LEGO Family Build
Saturday, May 12 from 2:30 - 3:30 PM
We provide the LEGOs and other building materials. You provide the family and the creativity!
Bring a camera or phone to capture your creation! No registration.

Saturday Story Times
Saturday, May 19
Join us for our new Saturday story times featuring fun books, songs, fingerplays and rhymes! No registration.
  • 9:30 AM: Baby & Toddler Story Time (age 0 - 2)
  • 10:30 AM: Pre-school Story Time (age 3 - 5; includes craft)

Special Science Squad
Thursday, May 17
Session I: 3:15 PM (Registration required)
Session II: 4:15 PM (Registration required)
Join us to learn about electronics with Snap Circuits Jr. Create exciting projects such as a flying saucer, alarms, doorbells and more! Register on the Kids Page or call the Children’s Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107.

We have additional programs happening this month! Visit our Kids Page for details and times.

Farms Branch Events
Please visit our Farms page for additional details or call 978-921-6066.

Library Lawn Party
Saturday, June 2 from 1 - 3 PM
Join us for our annual party on the library lawn featuring entertainment, a book sale, games and crafts for children, and ice cream sundaes for all! Learn about summer reading activities for children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library. Rain or shine! (Indoors in case of rain.)

Singing and Signing
Tuesdays, May 15 and 29 at 10:30 AM
We’ll sing and learn signing to favorite songs. Wendy plays the guitar and Vicki is a sign language professional. For pre-school children and seniors. No registration.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 17 from 7 - 8:30 PM
The selection for May is At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. Books available in advance at Farms branch checkout desk. Ask us about CD audiobook or digital formats.

May Art: "Perspectives" by George Martin
May 2 - 30
Artist's Reception Saturday, May 5 from 2 - 4 PM
George Martin returns to the library with a selection of his landscape oil paintings, featuring marsh clouds, meadow paths, and stoned shores.

Children’s Programs

One World, Many Stories: Celebrate Children’s Book Week
April 30 to May 5
Join us for special drop-in activities to honor children’s books and reading this week. 

Music with Dara
Thursday, May 17 & Friday, June 1 at 10:30 AM
A lively, interactive monthly music program for children and their parents / caregivers. For children 18 months - 5 years. All welcome.

Spring Story Times end the week of May 20. Please contact the Farms branch for details.
Ongoing Offerings
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