2017 Spring Book Sale Fundraiser

A Special Mission for This Year’s Spring Book Sale!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 1 – the first day of the library’s annual spring book sale, run by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. This year, the book sale has a very special mission: to raise funds for our upcoming Teen Room Renovation and Expansion Project. 100% of sale proceeds will be dedicated to the project. You can refresh your winter or vacation reading supply – or stock up for summer beach reading! – while helping to support this important and exciting renovation.

The sale will run for 9 days, through Sunday, April 9, and is open daily during regular library hours. In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will also be available. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are .50 (2 for $1).

Can’t attend the Book Sale, but would still like to donate to the Teen Renovation? You can do so here.

Do you have books, movies or music to donate? The Friends are actively collecting donations for the sale. Please drop off gently used items to the Children’s Room on the first floor of the main library. For more information, please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email bev@noblenet.org. For information about the Teen Room renovation, please contact Allison Babin at babin@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.

Image credit: © Icefront | Dreamstime.com – Teens Reading Books

Friends’ Members Only Book Sale Preview

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery, Main Library

Members of the Friends of the Beverly Public Library are invited to a preview of the annual Friends’ Spring Book Sale this evening. It’s a wonderful chance to socialize and seek books in a relaxed setting. Regular book sale prices will apply: $2 for hard covers, $1 for paperbacks, and all children’s books .50 (or 2 for $1). Free refreshments will be served.

Not yet a member of the Friends? You can join (or renew) at the door! Memberships start at $15. Cash and checks accepted – sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Please call Anna Langstaff at 978-921-6062, ext. 2131 or email langstaff@noblenet.org.

Spring Genealogy Series

Sundays, March 5, March 19, and April 2 from 2 – 4 PM

March 5: “DNA Testing for Genealogy: What’s it All About?”
Sohier Room, Main Library

We see the ads everywhere: swab your cheek and find your ancestry. But how does it work? What will the results tell you? What won’t they tell you? What companies do it, and how do you choose? Should you be concerned about privacy? Join library director and long-time genealogist Patricia Cirone for a closer look at this popular trend. Free, no signup needed.

March 19: “Hidden Treasures”
Sohier Room, Main Library

What can you find in our local repositories? Come hear four speakers talk about what records can be found in various places. Sue Goganian from the Beverly Historical Society, John Thomson of the First Baptist Church, Charles Wainwright from the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church and Wes Slate, City Clerk will talk about what kinds of records you can find in these repositories and how to request access. Pat Cirone will also talk briefly about searching for and locating manuscripts and other records in archives and libraries. Free, no signup needed.

April 2: “Hands-On Genealogy Workshop” ** Registration required for this session **
Beverly Room, Main Library

Bring your laptop, notebook and questions to the library today. We will be gathering in and around the Beverly Room (located on the 2nd floor of the library) to explore what is in the Beverly Room and dip into the library’s many online genealogical and history databases. Unlike our regular genealogy talks, space is limited, so you must register in advance. While we can’t guarantee to knock down your brick walls, we will attempt to give individual attention to every attendee who request it.

All sessions are free and open to adults. Info: Pat Cirone at cirone@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2130.

Self-Checkout Now Available

Do you often dash into the library on your lunch break or after work to grab that weekend read or movie? Is a quick run to the library often on your weekend errand list? Well now there’s a way to check out your library items faster. The main library now has a self-checkout station located at our 2nd floor checkout counter. All you need is your library card and the items you’re borrowing. Simply scan your library card barcode, select the “Checkout”  button, and scan the barcodes on your items. Print your due date receipt (or opt not to), and you’re done! (Please note that DVDs in security cases must be checked out by Circulation staff.) You can also use the station to view your current checkouts. Circulation staff is always on hand to assist or check out your items in person. Questions? Please call 978-921-6062, x 2126 or stop by the checkout desk.