Beverly Public Library September* 2019 News
Tuesday, September 17 from 6:30-8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Please join us in celebration of Welcoming Week and the vibrancy and benefits immigration brings to America.

A presentation by Denzil Mohammed, Director of the Public Education Institute of the Immigrant Learning Center , will be followed by a panel discussion organized by the Beverly Human Rights Committee , and audience Q & A.

Learn facts to combat harmful myths and how to become more welcoming and inclusive in our daily lives.
Labor Day Hours
The main library, the Bookmobile and the Farms branch will be closed on Monday, September 2. In addition, the main library will be closed on Saturday, August 31. The main library is closed on Sundays and the Farms branch is closed Saturdays, until October 2019.
An Evening with Beverly Authors
Wednesday, September 11 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Local authors Meghan MacLean Weir ( The Book of Essie ), Lisa Fenn ( Carry On ), and S.E. Grove ( The Waning Age ) will speak about their books. All are welcome to attend this special event , organized in partnership with Beverly High School Library. Books will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact Allison Babin .
Author Talk with John Young
Wednesday, September 18 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for a reading and author talk by John Young, author of When the Coin is in the Air . A suspenseful story filled with tragedy, humor and pathos, come hear John Young talk about how he and his character ended up settling in the North Shore. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free and open to adults.
Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy
Thursday, September 26 from 7-8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find wild edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore? Join Beverly’s own Dugie Russell , to learn his secrets for locating potential local mushroom hot-spots. A mushroom hunter for over 40 years, Dugie will address the identification of edible mushrooms, point out poisonous fungi to be avoided, and relate other facts, tips and anecdotes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library . Free and open to all.
Monday Mornings Fall Series
The Monday Mornings fall series starts on Monday, September 9 with Isabella presented by the Delvena Theatre Company . Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. View the full schedule on the Monday Mornings page . See you there!
Adult Programs
Cookbook Club
Try some good food and experiment with cooking on Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 PM . Registration required .

Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times
On Thursday, September 12 at 7 PM Eileen Carlotto will demonstrate how practicing meditation can make a difference.

Art & History of the Library Tour
On Friday, September 20 at 10 AM join Reference Librarian Lisa Ryan for a tour of the library's building and grounds to discuss its art and history.

Beverly Film Society Presents: Woman at War
Join us on Friday, September 20 at 1 PM for Woman at War . Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Banned Book Discussion
In honor of Banned Book Week , join us on Thursday, September 26 at 7 PM for discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

English Practice Group
Weekly English practice groups on Fridays from 11-11:45 AM. For Adult English Language Learners of all levels.

Meet Your City
During the month of October, join us for a series of discussions with political and community leaders as they share what they do and answer your questions.

Beverly and the Salem Witch Scare
On Monday, October 7 at 7 PM join Michael Cormier, author of the new play Saltonstall’s Trial , for a presentation that will cover the infamous witch trials from a local point of view.

September Art: FLUX by Ned Connors
Sohier Room, Main Library
This month the main library welcomes a collection of paintings of “what has been and what has yet to be” by Montserrat grad Ned Connors. You can view his work on his website or on Instagram . The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Teen Happenings
More info: contact Meghan at or check the Teens page .

Events for teens in grades 6-12
Pizza & A Movie: Avengers: Endgame
Monday, September 9 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Join us for Avengers Endgame on the big screen...with free pizza!  

Girls Who Code Club
Wednesdays, September 18-December 18 from 3:30-4:45 PM
Interested in building a website or adventure game or learning how to code a robot? Want to work as a team and build a project you care about? Join our Girls Who Code Club. No coding experience necessary. Just bring your commitment to trying something new. If you’d like to bring your own laptop, great! If not, we have ones can borrow for the club.
Children's Room
More info: contact the Children's Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2107. 

Topsfield Fair Prize Packets for children who have completed "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program must be picked up by noon on Monday, September 16 .

Event Highlights
Sensory Story Time
Thursdays, September 19-November 21 at 10 AM
Our new Sensory Story Time is an inclusive, small group story time ideal for preschool children on the autism spectrum, children with sensory integration or attention challenges and their typically developing peers.

All Are WELCOME! Special Welcoming Week Story Time
Thursday, September 19 at 3:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate our diversity by welcoming new neighbors of all backgrounds. All ages are invited to attend our special Welcoming Week celebration featuring stories of immigrants and new friends. Make a friendship bracelet and necklace for a new friend!

Science Squad
Thursday, September 26 at 3:30 PM (grades 1-5)
While conducting two experiments, participants will learn how difficult it is to clean up animals and water affected by an oil spill.

Visit the Kids page for MANY MORE fabulous programs!
Farms Branch
More info: contact the Farms branch at 978-921-6066.

Adult Programs
Knit, Crochet and Embroider at the Library
Thursdays, September 5 & October 3 from 7-8:30 PM
Open to all adults who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters and share ideas. No instruction provided.

Teahouses, Tori Gates and Tales from Kumano Kodo Trail
Saturday, October 5 from 2-3 PM
Joanne Socha, travel consultant for Travel Far & Well and indie author of The Red Bandanna Travel Book: The Medicine of Traveling , will present her experience walking the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan.

Business Web Design: General Information Session
Thursday, October 10 from 6-7:30 PM
Christy King, local computer consultant, offers this free website design class for LOCAL business owners/politicians/authors, and non-profit organizations. Learn how to build and maintain a simple website using the Wix and Google Business platforms.

September Art: “Canvas, Cloth & Paper” by Constance Festo Lafond
This month, the work of Constance Festo Lafond will be on display in the Conrad Room. Using various mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, and photography, the artist creates colorful impressionist compositions of figurative work and abstract landscapes. Please join Lafond for an Artist Reception on Thursday, September 12 from 6-8:45 PM.

Children’s Programs
Fall Story Times run September 30-November 21
  • Baby Story Time: Mondays at 11 AM (babies up to 24 months with a caregiver)
  • Toddler Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 AM (ages 2-3.5 years with a caregiver)
  • Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 11 AM (ages 3.5-5 years) 

Music with Dara (18 months - 5 years and their caregivers)
Fridays, September 6 and October 4 from 10:30-11:15 AM
Join Dara each month at the library for a lively interactive music program. All are welcome.

Taps and Tunes (4 years and under with a caregiver)
Tuesdays, September 10 and 24 at 6:30 PM & Friday, September 20 at 10:30 AM
Join us for music and rhyme, rhythm, dancing and shaking, plus a parachute.

LEGO Build Plus! (4 years old and up and their families)
Tuesday, September 17 at 4 PM
Love to build? We've got LEGOs, straws & connectors, cups, Magna-Tiles, and more!

Welcoming Week: American Stew Stories and Treats
Thursday, September 19 at 3:30 PM
Celebrate Welcoming Week with international students from Endicott College as we explore our American Stew by reading stories of immigrants and tasting treats brought from around the world.
Ongoing Offerings

*Correction - prior email stated August. This is September news.
Beverly Public Library  | 978-921-6062 |