Beverly Public Library   June 2018 News
Summer Weekend Hours
Summer weekend hours are now in effect for the main and Beverly Farms branch libraries. The main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed on Saturdays, until October 2018. Please see full hours of operation for both libraries here
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. 
Adults! Read for Prizes this Summer
All Ages Summer Reading Kickoff
Wednesday, June 20 from 6:30 - 8 PM
Who says summer reading is just for kids? This summer, join our adult program for readers 18+ for a chance to win awesome prizes with Summer Book Bingo. Pick up your bingo board at our June 20 Summer Reading Kickoff, or beginning Thursday, June 21 at the main and Farms libraries or online. 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.
Well Met: Songs of the Sea
Monday, June 4 from 10 - 11 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration
Join Ohio folk singer Judy Cook for this illustrated musical program featuring historic and traditional sea songs and ballads including tales of men, women and the sea, shipwrecks, and ghosts and mermaids. The songs are funny and serious, chorus and narrative, ancient and not-so-ancient. Some lyrics will be available so all may join in the singing. Free and open to adults; light refreshments included. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library
Arts Fest Pop-Up Book Sale
Saturday, June 16 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Barnet Gallery, Main Library
Celebrate Arts Fest with the Friends of the Beverly Public Library at their one-day pop-up sale featuring books, DVDs, CDs and Friends gift merchandise. Come cool off, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and refresh your summer reading supply while helping the Friends support the library! Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, all children's books 2/$1. Cash or checks accepted. All proceeds benefit the library.
Summer Italian Film Series
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration
Join us on the fourth Fridays in June and July for a taste of 1960s Italian cinema! These films will whisk you from the overripe decadence of Swinging London to a rich family saga dramatizing the roiling rift between industry and regional tradition. Includes free fresh popcorn. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library .
  • Friday, June 22 at 1 PM: Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966) (in English)
  • Friday, July 27 at 1 PM: Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960) 
Let's Talk About Books!
Monday, June 25 from 7 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration
Looking for something great to read this summer? BPL staff will talk up their favorites at this fast and fun program including novels, nonfiction, graphic novels and more. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Please contact Allison at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118. 
Energy Barre Pop-Up Adult Fitness
Tuesday, July 10 from 7 - 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
No registration
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.
Parking Notice: Gran Prix Bike Race
The Goldberg Properties Gran Prix of Beverly bike race takes place on Thursday, June 28 in downtown Beverly. The main library's parking lot will be closed to car traffic from 3 - 8 PM. Alternate parking is available in municipal lots behind Browns of Beverly bike shop and on Pond Street.
Children's Room
For more info, contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration
Wednesday, June 20 from 6:30 - 8 PM
Visit the library to sign up for our summer reading program, "Libraries Rock!". Learn how to earn tickets for the Topsfield Fair , pick up your summer reading packet and enjoy some ice cream! Thank you to Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream and the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supplying this year’s ice cream.

Summer Story Times begin the week of July 1, 2018. *
No registration
Days and times:
  • “Books and Babies”: Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. * Starting week of July 15, also on Wednesdays at 10 AM
  • Toddler Story Times: Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:15 AM
  • Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 1:15 PM
Magic by Scott Jameson
Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30 AM 
No registration
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.

Visit the Kids page to see many more summer programs!
English Learner Conversation Circles
Welcome in many languages
Fridays, June 15 and July 20 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. For more information please contact Martha at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2119.
"Summer Sounds" Outdoor Concerts
Wednesdays This Summer Starting July 11
6 - 7 PM, Winter Street Plaza (Rain location: Sohier Room)
Summer Sounds, our free outdoor summer concert series featuring local musicians, returns to the main library in July! Join us for the kickoff performance with Love Love Trio . Keep a lookout on the library's website for the full schedule. The series will run through Wednesday, August 22.
Teen Happenings
For more info, contact Meghan at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2130.

June Events
The following events are open to young adults entering grades 6 through 12:

Pizza Book Club: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Tuesday, June 12 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required . Read a great book, discuss it, and eat free pizza! Especially good for middle school. (Middle school students: Ask your teacher if Pizza Book Club can fulfill your independent reading requirement.) Pick up a copy of The Apothecary at the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Summer Reading Kickoff
Wednesday June 20 from 6:30 - 8 PM
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery, Main Library
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and enjoy free ice cream!

Cupcake Wars
Wednesday, June 27 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.
June Art @ the Main Library
June Art: "Naturally" by Ricardo Madonado
June 2 - June 28
Sohier Room, Main Library
An exhibit of vibrant acrylic paintings by Cambridge artist Ricardo Maldonado, based on images of the natural world from various locations around the world, and around his imagination. Ricardo’s generous use of bright colors and light creates a strong feeling of “being there,” surrounded by exotic tropical plants, autumn colors, water or light. Free and open to the public when meetings or programs are not in progress.
Farms Branch Events
Library Lawn Party
Saturday, June 2 from 1 - 3 PM
Rain or shine!
Join us for musical entertainment, a book sale, ice cream sundaes, and crafts and games for children. Plus, information about "Libraries Rock!" summer programs for children. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library.

June Art: Carmela Martin
June 4 - 28, Conrad Lecture Hall
A selection of new works in acrylics, oils and pastels by Beverly Farms artist Carmela Martin. Carmela hopes that viewers will connect meaningfully to her work. An " Artist’s Reception" takes place on Thursday, June 7 from 6 - 8 PM . All welcome. 

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, June 21 from 7 – 8:30 PM
New members welcome. This month we're discussing Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. Books may be picked up in advance at the library. Copies may be also available in large print, CD audiobook and digital formats. 

Children’s Programs

"Libraries Rock!" Summer Reading for Children
Visit the library this month – or check out the Farms web page for information about programs, performers and activities this summer. 

Summer Fairy Houses *
Thursday, June 28 at 11 AM
For children 6 years and up. Each child will create a fairy house of their own, using a variety of natural materials. * Please register in advance: 978-921-6066. 

Twilight Tales
Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 PM  
Enjoy a family story time on the library lawn. Bring a snack and blanket or chair. PJs are optional. Rain location: inside the library.

Summer Music with Dara
Friday, July 6 at 10:30 AM
A lively musical program on the library lawn for children 18 months - 5 years. Rain location: inside the library.
Ongoing Offerings
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