Summer Sounds 2017

Wednesdays This Summer
July 5 through August 23 (no concert July 26)
“Summer Sounds,” our free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, returns in July with a lineup featuring a great variety of family-friendly performances. The series will run weekly at the main library on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 PM. Join us July 5 for the series kickoff with Love Love Trio: vocal-and-lyric-driven ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock with two lead voices blending beautifully. On July 12, Adrienne Howard and Linda Swicker will present traditional music from Ireland, Quebec, France, and Appalachia on instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy. And on July 19, enjoy the music of folk and traditional singer-songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan.

Summer Sounds takes place rain or shine – weather permitting, concerts will take place in the Winter Street courtyard, and in case of rain, join us in the Sohier Room on the ground floor. Keep up with the entire schedule on our searchable events calendar. “Summer Sounds” is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

New, Free Scanning Options

The main library now offers a state-of-the-art Scannx document scanning station. The Scannx allows you to scan and send files to smartphones, Google Drive, a USB flash drive, or email. It easily accommodates documents up to 11” x 17”. Scanned documents may be edited and saved in several file formats including PDF, searchable PDF, Word, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG. The Scannx will auto-crop, auto-straighten, and auto-orient your documents. Perhaps best of all, it’s free of charge and simple to use. Questions? Our Reference staff is happy to help. Visit us on the 2nd floor, call us at 978-921-6062, or email


New Lyme Disease Information Resource

The main library is pleased to offer a new Lyme Disease resource at the 2nd floor Reference Desk – Stop Lyme: Information for Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Identification and Patient Care.  Contents include Massachusetts Lyme Disease statistics, Prevention Tips, Seeking Treatment, State Laws, Personal Support, and a list of additional resources. This resource is for in-library use only, but materials may be copied if needed. The “Stop Lyme” Project is an initiative of Nahant Public Library in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Stop by the Reference desk and take a look!

Announcing Our New Assistant Director

We are pleased to announce the selection of our former Young Adult Librarian, Allison Babin, for the position of Assistant Director of the Beverly Public Library. Allison replaces Anna Langstaff, who became the library’s new director in April. Allison began working at the library over six years ago, starting out as an Assistant Reference Librarian and quickly progressing to running Young Adult services where, among many other achievements, she doubled teen program attendance and established an active Teen Advisory Board. As Assistant Director, Allison will be responsible for a variety of administrative duties, including personnel functions and assisting in planning and evaluating Library projects.

Allison says, “Working with Beverly’s amazing teens has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I am excited to expand my contribution to all library departments with the aim of continuing to offer and improve our enriching programs, collection, and services to all members of our wonderful community, while providing ongoing support to our talented staff.” Allison has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Please direct any comments or questions to