Summer Sounds 2017

Wednesdays this Summer through August 23
Main Library, Winter Street Plaza, 6 – 7 PM
(Rain location: Sohier Room, ground floor)
“Summer Sounds,” our free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, runs weekly at the main library through Wednesday, August 23. Upcoming concerts:

August 2: JD DEBRIS & BODEK, art pop unplugged.
August 9: BOB & JEN STROM, husband and wife duo with Irish fiddle music, traditional and contemporary folk songs.
August 16: NICK CONSONE & ELEANOR JANE, singer-songwriter duo from indie rock to soulful blues.
August 23: BOB KRAMER BAND, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.

“Summer Sounds” is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Find Your Neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground”

Come see if you can locate your neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground,” a vibrant wood mural by Beverly resident Brian Murphy currently on display at the main library. The piece was previously on display on Cabot Street as part of Beverly Main Street’s Red Fence Art Gallery, and is a representation of all of Beverly’s unique neighborhoods.

An artist and graphic designer, Murphy envisioned a piece that “spoke” about Beverly. He was inspired to create the piece after riding his bike through the city. His clever design allows all neighborhoods to be included. Murphy wanted to make a dimensional piece for the Red Fence because previous artworks were painted. He explains, “…I came across various buildings, icons, and images that I thought would work well…By creating dimension, the piece brought in shadows, light and…changes throughout the day. Much like Beverly day in and day out.” The piece is constructed from discarded oak skids.

“Our Stomping Ground” is installed on the main library’s second floor between the Circulation and Reference desks. Need a hint to where your neighborhood is represented? A guide is available on a desk under the mural, and at the Reference desk.

Meet the Libby App

Meet Libby, the new, one-tap reading app developed by OverDrive. Borrow or browse our thousands of ebooks and audiobooks instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. If you’re an OverDrive user who mostly reads or listens directly in the app, you’ll find Libby much simpler to use. If you’ve never used OverDrive, we suggest you start with Libby.

Download Libby from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Microsoft. It’s quick and easy for first-time users and has many other great features, including a merged display for titles from multiple libraries, easily sending titles to a Kindle, and switching back and forth between different library cards. Simply sign in with your library card and get started! Questions? Feel free to ask our Reference staff for assistance: 978-921-6062 (6066 for the Farms branch), or

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