Beverly Public Library  March 2018 News
Closed Easter Sunday
Both library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 1, 2018 for the Easter holiday. 
Save the Date: Annual Spring Book Sale
April 7 through April 15, Main Library
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery
Stock up on your summer reading at our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale! There'll be two rooms full of hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for all ages and tastes, categorized for easy browsing. Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, and kids books are 2 for $1. A small selection of music and movies will also be available. Open to the public during regular library hours.
Members Only Book Sale Preview
Friday, April 6 from 6 - 8 PM
Barnet Gallery and Sohier Room, Main Library
Socialize and browse books in a family-friendly, relaxed setting at our Friends of the Library Preview Sale. Not yet a member of the Friends? No problem! You can join or renew at the door. Memberships start at $15; cash and checks accepted. Regular book sale prices apply. Free refreshments included. Questions? Please contact Allison Babin at 978-921-6062, ext. 2118 or
The Last Warlord and 12 Strong: The Real Story
Wednesday, March 28 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, Professor of Islamic History at UMass Dartmouth and author of The Last Warlord, for a rare opportunity to learn about his experiences embedded in Afghanistan with notorious Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum, "The Taliban Killer." In this talk illustrated with extraordinary photos, Williams will reveal the true stories behind his book and his adviser role for the movie 12 Strong (partially based on The Last Warlord). Get all program details here.

Image credit: Brian Glyn Williams (left) and actor Chris Hemsworth ( 12 Strong). Courtesy of Brian Glyn Williams, used with permission.
Hitchcock/Truffaut Film Series
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Friday, March 23 from 1 - 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Classic film buffs! Our 5-film series featuring the work of Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut wraps in April. For the latter half of the series we're focusing on films by Francois Truffaut. Join us this month for the 1966 feature Fahrenheit 451, starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner. Free popcorn included! Free and open to adults, signup not required.
Boston Bruins Annual PJ Drive
Through March 15
Main Library
Help us reach our goal of donating 100 new sets of pajamas before March 15! We're teaming up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive benefiting DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons, joining other MA libraries along with the support of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. PJs are needed for babies, kids and teens. Please bring donations to the Children's Room or our Reference Desk. Thank you.
Tax Forms
The main library and Farms branch have a limited supply of federal and state income tax forms on a first come, first served basis. The  IRS and  MA Department of Revenue determine the number and types of forms we receive. Find more information, including helpful state and federal links,  here. You can also contact our Reference staff at 978-921-6062, ext. 2177.
New! Conversation Circles
Monthly on Fridays, 10 - 11 AM
Friday, March 9
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, grammatical curiosities, issues of local interest, and perhaps some poetry. Additional dates include April 20 and June 1. Free; signup not needed. Information: Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or
Welcome in many languages
Teen Happenings
For more information visit our  Teens Page or email Meghan at

The following programs are located in the Sohier Room:

Teen Trivia 
Wednesday, March 7 from 3:45 - 5 PM
Let your inner nerd shine! Grab some friends and show off how smart you are. Prizes for top scores, free snacks.

Pizza & a Movie: Justice League
Thursday, March 15 from 3:45 - 6 PM
Join us for Justice League on the big screen….with free pizza! 

Pizza Book Club
Monday, March 26 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Grades 6 - 12, Registration required
Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! This quarter: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Copies available at 2nd floor Circulation Desk. Please register here.

22nd Annual Teen Poetry Contest
Teens have until 4 PM on Friday, March 2 to submit their entries. Find complete information including rules, submission form, and other details on our Teens Page.
Children's Room
For more information visit our  Kids Page or call 978-921-6062.

Spring Story Times will begin the week of March 18 and will run through the week of May 6. More Story Time info here. Featured programs:

Dr. Seuss Pajama Story Time!
Friday, March 2 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with our favorite Dr. Seuss stories and a craft. Wear your cozy PJs! Donations to our PJ Drive optional. For pre-school children. No registration.

Saturday Story Times
Saturday, March 3 
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)

Musical Mornings with Miz Liz
Saturday, March 10 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.

A Little Night Music and Rhyme
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Musical rhythmic fun! Dancing, shaking, moving and singing for families and children under 5 (or so). No registration.

Awesome Books!
Saturday, March 17 from 12:15 - 1 PM
Share the most awesome book you’ve read recently. Bring your lunch and your awesome book! We'll provide a drink and snack. For elementary school readers. No registration.

LEGO Family Build
Saturday, March 17 from 2 - 3 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.

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

March Art @ the Main Library
"Boundaries & Chairs": Watercolors by Linda Hurd
March 2 - 30, Sohier Room, Main Library
Local artist Linda Hurd exhibits twelve watercolor paintings reflecting themes that can be discovered by considering the concepts of "Boundaries" and "Chairs." The exhibit is free and open during regular library hours when library programs or community meetings are not in progress. Discover more about the exhibit here.
Farms Branch Events
Please visit our  Farms page for additional details.

Spring Story Times begin the week of March 26.

Music with Dara
Fridays, March 2 and April 6 at 10:30 AM
A lively, interactive music program for kids 18 months to 5 years. All welcome.

March Madness
Thursday, March 22 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Registration required
For ages 6 - 11. Celebrate March Madness with stories, crafts and lively basketball-related activities. Register at 978-921-6066.

For adults:

Tracing the History of Your House
Tuesday, March 13 from 7:15 - 8:30 PM
Learn about researching your house and its occupants with local historian Nancy Coffey. Read more here.

Knit, Crochet & Embroider @ the Library
Thursdays, March 1 and April 5 from 7 - 8:30 PM
Adult handicraft group meets the first Thursday of each month. We welcome all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters and share ideas. Instruction not provided. 

Adult Discussion Group
Thursday, March 15 from 7 - 8:30 PM
This month’s selection is: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Titles are available at the library and may be available in alternate formats, such as CD audiobook or ebook. New members welcome.

March Art: Susan Drennan and Mary Ellen Brown
March 2 - 30, Conrad Lecture Hall
Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 10 from 1 - 4 PM
A variety of subjects including still life, florals, portraits and landscapes by artists Susan Drennan (varied media) and Mary Ellen Brown (pastels). All welcome.
Ongoing Offerings
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