Can You Help Us Stop Hunger?

scrabble tiles spell shareStop Hunger Now: Food Drive To Celebrate National Volunteer Week
April 15 through April 21
Main Library 

Did you know that in the state of Massachusetts, 1 in 7 children struggle with hunger? The Beverly Public Library is partnering with the Endicott College Community Service Office to combat hunger by hosting a week-long food drive during National Volunteer Week. Join us in the fight against hunger by donating unexpired canned goods to the library from Sunday, April 15, 2018 through Saturday, April 21, 2018. Designated donation boxes will be available. Goods will be delivered to Beverly Bootstraps and River House at the conclusion of the drive. Questions? Contact Allison Babin, Assistant Library Director, at

Spring Book Crafts

Thursday, May 17, 2018
6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Break out the scissors and the hot glue guns! Let’s take some old books and make them into something new. Join us to create paper bouquets and cards out of re-purposed books. No talent necessary. The library will provide all art supplies. Free; no registration required. This program is geared towards adults and young adults (ages 14+) as some of the art supplies will not be appropriate for children. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

April & May Technology Programs

Devices and apps on tableJoin us at the main library in April and May to catch up on your technology skills!

All About Apps
Thursday, April 19 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for an evening of technology discussion regarding the world of apps. What are the best apps for music? Fitness? Social Media? Travel? In this informational and hands-on program you will learn about the most popular apps out there today. Bring your tablet, smartphone, and questions. Light refreshments included. Free and open to adults. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan at or call 978-922-6062, ext. 2120.

Introduction to Google Suite, Parts 1 and 2
Wednesdays, May 9 and May 16 at 10 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Learn the basics of some of the free online tools in Google Suite in this two-part series. Registration is required, you may register for one session or both. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan at or call 978-922-6162, ext. 2120.

Part 1: Drive and Docs (Registration required)
Wednesday, May 9 at 10 AM
In this class you will learn how to create, format, and share documents with Google Docs and save them in Google Drive. Bring your laptop. Please register here.

Part 2: Sheets, Slides, Maps, and Hangouts (Registration required)
Wednesday, May 16 at 10 AM
In this class we will look at other online apps offered in Google Suite including Sheets, Slides, Maps, and Hangouts. Bring your laptop. Please register here.

Did You Know? Learn About Our Gift Book Program

book with gift ribbonDid you know you can commemorate a holiday or special occasion with the gift of a book for the library, given in someone’s name? Gift opportunities include a birth or a birthday, an anniversary, a memorial to a loved one, Christmas or Hannuakah – or any milestone you wish to acknowledge!

For a tax-deductible donation of $25, a book will be selected for you in the category of your choice. The honoree will be notified of the gift given in their name.  A bookplate acknowledging the gift and occasion will be included inside the cover of the book.

Gift Book Program forms are available at both the main library and the Beverly Farms branch. Stop by the Reference desk at either location. At the main library, you can also pick up a form on the kiosk near our 2nd floor bulletin board.

Hitchcock-Truffaut Film Series

movie camera and filmDay for Night (1973)
Friday, April 27 from 1 – 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for the final installment of our 5-part Hitchcock-Truffaut classic film series that began last December. Francois Truffaut stars in his own 1973 film Day for Night, playing a director trying to finish his movie while dealing with the personal and professional crises of his cast and crew. The film also stars Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Leaud. Free and open to adults, no signup needed. Free popcorn included! Info: Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

College Night @ the Book Sale!

guy carrying boxes$3/Bag or $5/Box with College ID
Thursday, April 12 from 5 – 9 PM
College students! Bring your college ID to our Spring Book Sale tonight and take home books for $3/bag or $5/box. Stock up on your summer break reads, or even supplement your studies. Two rooms full of hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for all ages!

Not a college student? Our book sale is still a great bargain! Regular book sale prices are $1 for all paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers, and all children’s books are 2/$1. All sale proceeds benefit the library. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email

March Art: Insights in the Everyday

“Chairs and Boundaries”
March 2 through 30
Sohier Room, Main Library
Watercolors by local artist Linda T. Hurd are on view at the main library during the month of March. Hurd is exhibiting twelve watercolor paintings from a series she calls “Art for Months.” Reflecting the concepts of “Boundaries” and “Chairs,” each painting is accompanied by a caption that encourages viewers to seek deeper meaning in the simple everyday scenes in the work.

Hurd reflects, “Painting and thinking about physical boundaries has helped me learn more about personal boundaries. In present times people are trying to reckon with issues such as sexual harassment and assault. I hope “Boundaries” will be helpful to others as it was for me while I was creating it.” Regarding her “Chairs” series, Hurd says, “This subject can evoke some questions related to choices. I can choose where, when, and with whom to sit. Also, a chair can represent other things such as memories, periods of waiting, and service.”

Hurd’s love of art came early. She received tips and encouragement from her grandmothers, parents, sisters, and high school art teachers. She has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Writing and Publishing. Her exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours and when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Image credit: “Patio Lawn Chairs,” courtesy of Linda Hurd. Used with permission.