Conversation Circles

word cloud with welcome in many languagesAdult English Language Learners of all levels are welcome to join our new monthly Conversation Circles. These gatherings will allow for comfortable conversations in English that center around common English expressions, grammatical curiosities, issues of local interest, and perhaps some poetry.

Free; no registration required. For more information please contact Martha at 978-921-6062 ext. 2119 or

Upcoming Conversation Circles:
Friday, February 9 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, March 9 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, April 20 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, May TBD from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, June 1 from 10 – 11 AM

2018 Spring Book Sale

stack of booksOur annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale begins on Saturday, April 7 and runs through Sunday, April 15 at the main library. The sale will be open daily during regular library hours. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are .50 (two for $1).

Do you have items to donate? We’re currently accepting donations of gently used books, movies and music. Donations can be dropped off in the Children’s Room on the ground floor of the main library, or at the checkout desk on the 2nd floor. (Please note that we are unable to accept textbooks or magazines.)

All sale proceeds benefit the library, and help to pay for things like programs for all ages, our museum pass program, library furnishings, and more. So mark your calendar and make that plan to stock up for summer. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062, ext. 2177 or email

Friends’ Members Only Book Sale Preview

booksale flagMembers of the Friends of the Beverly Public Library are invited to a preview of the annual Friends’ Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 6 from 6 – 8 PM. It’s a wonderful chance to socialize and seek books in a relaxed setting. Regular book sale prices will apply: $2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks, and all children’s books .50 (or 2 for $1). Free refreshments will be provided.

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 – sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Please contact Allison Babin at 978-921-6062, ext. 2118 or

The Real Story Behind the Hollywood Afghan War Epic, ‘12 Strong’

The Real Story Behind the Hollywood Afghan War Epic, 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers with Professor Brian Glyn Williams
Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Brian Glyn Williams and Chris Hemsworth
Brian Glyn Williams (left) and actor Chris Hemsworth. Courtesy of the author.
For four years Professor Brian Glyn Williams roamed the mountains of Afghanistan retracing a covert operation that saw U.S. Green Beret Special Forces unite with ancient Mongol Uzbek horse warriors to fight the common Taliban foe. His greatest breakthrough came when he was allowed to live with the Uzbeks’ notorious leader, General Dostum, “The Taliban Killer.” The result of his fieldwork and embed with a Mongol Uzbek warlord who called American elite warriors his friends was his book, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led U.S. Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime.

Dr. Williams will bring The Last Warlord and the story behind it and the movie 12 Strong (partially based on his book) to life with extraordinary photographs of the covert 2001 U.S.-Uzbek horse campaign taken by the CIA, Dostum, and Green Berets. These are the only visual history of a secret campaign few were aware of. Dr. Williams will recreate this epic tale for using actual images of the men depicted in 12 Strong.

Dr. Williams has a PhD in Central Asian Islamic history and is a professor of Islamic History at UMass Dartmouth. He advised A-List actor Chris Hemsworth on the 12 Strong set and recently traveled to northern Iraq to assist in freeing a Yazidi slave from her ISIS captor. Visit his website at

Books will be available for purchase after the program. Free; no registration required. Info: email

2017 State, Federal Tax Forms

The main library and Farms branch will make federal and state personal income tax forms available as soon as they arrive.

On January 4, the IRS announced that the 2018 tax filing season would begin on January 29. The IRS set the opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2017 tax returns. The IRS is currently working to finalize the forms and instructions to reflect the legislation which passed in late December. As a result, some shipments may come later than normal. While most IRS tax forms, instructions and publications will be available electronically on by the beginning of the filing season (January 29), the printing and distribution process for printed products takes longer to complete.

Quantities may be limited and are determined by the IRS and MA Department of Revenue. You can order IRS forms by mail online or by calling 1-800-829-3676. Or, ask our Reference staff for help locating forms online.

Please note the following:

  • We are unable to predict when forms will arrive, how many we will receive, or when they will permanently run out.
  • We are unable to hold forms. However, we’re happy to check our supply if you’re searching for a particular form: please call us at 978-921-6062 or 6066 for the Farms branch.

You can also get most forms online. Printable forms are available at the following links:

IRS Forms and Publications

MA tax forms or MassTaxConnect

You can save paper by filing your state and federal returns online. The IRS and MA Department of Revenue both offer secure portal options at:

IRS e-file options

MA Personal Income Tax Filing Options

Library staff are not able to provide tax advice or assistance, but free help is available (by appointment) at the Beverly Senior Center from February through April. Preference is given to seniors, but all are welcome to seek assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or

Borrow a Chromebook

chromebookThe main library now offers a limited number of Chromebooks for single-day use inside the library on a first come, first serve basis. Chromebooks are easy to use laptops that are great for basic internet browsing, checking email, accessing social media networks, and using Google Apps. Borrowers must have a valid NOBLE library card in good standing and sign a user agreement. Inquire at our Reference desk.