Friends’ Pop-Up Book Sale

sunshine clipartSaturday, June 16 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Barnet Gallery, Main Library
While you’re out enjoying Arts Fest this year, come cool off at the library and browse books, DVDs, CDs and Friends’ gift merchandise. Enjoy complimentary refreshments too! With our bargain sale prices, you can buy a bag full of books for the price of one new book or magazine. Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, all children’s books 2/$1. Cash and checks accepted. All proceeds support the library. Info:

Let’s Talk About Books!

Open book with spots of light around it by pixaby user kalhhMonday, June 25 from 7 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Looking for some great books to read this summer? Join us for this fast and fun program featuring several of your favorite librarians! We’ll tell you all about a few of our favorite books, including novels, nonfiction, short stories, graphic novels, and more. Light refreshments will be available. Free and open to adults, signup not required. Handicapped accessible. Info: Allison at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.

June Art: “Naturally”

June 2 through June 28
Sohier Room, Main Library
The Beverly Public Library is please to host an exhibit of vibrant acrylic paintings by Cambridge artist Ricardo Maldonado. Ricardo’s paintings are based on images of the natural world from various locations around the world and around his imagination.

Ricardo’s images of landscapes, forests and trees, lakes and flowers, are painted with generous use of bright colors and light. Most of the paintings make the viewer feel alive and happy, and create a strong feeling of “being there,” surrounded by exotic tropical plants, autumn colors, water or light.

In the last few years Ricardo has shown his paintings in local galleries, libraries, hospitals and universities. His last exhibit took place at the Massachusetts State House. He observes: “I enjoy painting and experimenting with color. My preferred subjects are related to nature and the outdoors, where the light and the colors change often with the seasons and the time of the day. Those changes, subtle or abrupt, are always a challenge to the artist. To me, painting is a search and a discipline. Painting has taught me to see things in a different way, observing every detail more carefully and more consciously, distinguishing colors and shapes, and ultimately appreciating more deeply what I see. “

“Naturally” is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when meetings or programs are not in progress. For information about art exhibits at the main library, please contact Ona Ridenour at, or 978-921-6062, ext. 2135.

Photo credit: “Green Always / Verde siempre” by Ricardo Maldonado. Photo by and courtesy of the artist, used with permission.

Well Met: Songs of the Sea

cleat with ropeMonday, June 4 from 10 – 11 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library

We’re happy to welcome back Ohio folk singer Judy Cook for a musical program featuring historic and traditional sea songs and ballads. These musical tales will include stories of men, women and the sea; shipwrecks; ghosts; and mermaids. The songs are funny and serious, chorus and narrative, ancient and not-so-ancient. Judy will accompany her music with projected images, including lyrics for choruses so all may join in the singing. A list of the songs with historical context will also be provided.

Free and open to adults, signup not required. Light refreshments included. Info: or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Judy Cook has been on the road since the early 1990s, making her own the songs and ballads of traditional Americana and the British Isles. She has family roots in Virginia, lucky enough to be born into a family who loved music. She is respected on both sides of the Atlantic as both a singer and interpreter of traditional songs. Her vast and varied repertoire has resulted in an array of entertaining and informative themed programs that are enthusiastically received wherever she goes.

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.

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.

Learn About Google Suite!

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.