Letters from the Homefront

Letters from the Homefront
Monday, June 5, 2017
10 – 11 AM, Sohier Room, Main Library

Join Ohio folk singer Judy Cook and her husband Dennis for a program highlighting letters written by Judy’s Wisconsin ancestors during the Civil War. This program is the final in a series of three begun in 2015. Written from 1862 to 1863, the letters of Gilbert and Esther (Colby) Claflin offer fascinating insights into Gilbert’s camp life behind Union lines, and Esther’s life back on the Wisconsin family farm with the couple’s two teenage boys. This 1-hour illustrated program will focus on the letters Esther and her sons wrote to Gilbert while keeping the home fires burning. Judy will narrate Esther’s letters, and Dennis will provide the voice of Gilbert. Dressed in period costume, Judy will also perform a selection of sentimental songs from the period, accompanied by related images and photographs. Free and open to adults; no signup needed. Light refreshments provided.

Judy Cook performs each year throughout the United States and Britain. She is recognized for her depth of understanding and storytelling ability in ballad form, her dedication to the music and her willingness to do her research. Judy’s book about Gilbert and Esther, A Quiet Corner of the War (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), and some of her CD recordings will be available for purchase at the program. Info: Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

Technology Series

Join Lisa Ryan, the library’s Head of Reference, to learn about various online tools and services, and some great learning resources the library offers for free! Registration required – to register, visit the links below.

All classes are free and open to adults. Location: Sohier Room, Main Library. Info: Lisa at ryan@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120. Upcoming programs:

Radio & Music Online
Thursday, May 11 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Interested in learning more about Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio? In this class you will learn the basics of streaming music online, creating playlists, and how to use music services and Apps. We’ll also look at some digital music systems, Bluetooth technology, and Qello Concerts, the library’s newest digital collection. Register here.

Online Learning for Personal & Professional Development
Wednesday, June 7 from 10 – 11:30 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Ready to satisfy your thirst for knowledge? Interested in learning a foreign language? Would you love to take a course in Astronomy, Accounting, Web Development, or something else? This course will teach you how to use the library’s learning resources Mango and Universal Class to get you going! Register here.

All sessions are free and open to adults. Info: Lisa Ryan at ryan@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.

Meet Our New Director

Please join us in welcoming the library’s new director, Anna Langstaff! Anna moved into the Director position in early April following the retirement of Patricia Cirone. Anna has been at the Beverly Public Library for 33 years, starting out as Head of Circulation, and moving on to Assistant Director in 1993. The trustees of the library voted unanimously in February 2017 to name her as the new director.

Anna comes on board at a time when the library is busier than ever, and is excited about her new role. “We’re more relevant than ever before,” Anna says, referring to the library’s multiple service areas, including study and recreational reading, programs for all ages, public meeting spaces, technology resources, free learning tools, and more. “I feel humbled that I can be the public face of this building [and] community institution.” As director, she takes on many new responsibilities, including chief problem solver, oversight of the building, and serving as the lead contact for city officials.

Anna discovered her passion for library work as a student at UMass Amherst. She volunteered at the public library while a student, and after graduation knew she had found her career. She worked at the Newton Public Library for about 10 years before coming to Beverly. Please direct any comments or questions to Anna at langstaff@noblenet.org.

Science with Lisa – POSTPONED


Science with Lisa has been postponed and will be meeting at a later date.
Thursday, May 18 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Main Library, Sohier Room
Registration required
Adults! Join us for a fun evening of science at this hands-on workshop that will introduce you to simple science experiments and concepts. Some of the topics include exothermic chemical reactions, acid/base chemistry, and density towers. We will take a look at science resources at the library as well. The program is free and open to adults (age 18 and up). Don’t wear your nice clothes, as things might get messy! This program is great for adults who just want to have fun, or elementary or middle school teachers who want to add some wacky experiments to the classroom. Space is limited – please register here. Info: Lisa at ryan@noblenet.org, or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.