Hitchcock-Truffaut Film Series

movie camera and filmSohier Room, Main Library
Fridays (monthly), 1 – 3 PM

Classic movie buffs with Friday afternoons available – heads up! From December 2017 through April 2018, the main library will host a 5-film celebration of two of the 20th century’s most beloved filmmakers: Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. A legend of the French New Wave, Truffaut was Hitchcock’s biggest fan. Come view the films on the big screen in our Sohier Room.

On Friday, December 15, join us for Vertigo, Hitchcock’s 1958 classic about retired cop with acrophobia (James Stewart) who accepts a job shadowing the wife (Kim Novak) of an old acquaintance.

Other selections include:
January: North by Northwest (1959)
February: TBD
March: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
April: Day for Night (1973)

The series is free and open to adults, no signup needed. Free popcorn provided. Most movies will run from 1 – 3 PM. Questions? Contact Matthew at martens@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

Holiday Book Crafts

Holiday Book Crafts
Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30 – 8 PM, Sohier Room, Main Library
Come to the library and enjoy some hot chocolate while you give old books a new life as holiday decorations, ornaments or cards. Experience not needed! This program is geared toward adults and young adults (ages 14+) as some of the crafting supplies will not be appropriate for children. Free; signup not required. Questions? Contact Katie at 978-921-6062, ext. 2122 or knelson@noblenet.org.

All Ages Wreath Decorating

Saturday, December 2, 2017
1:30 – 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
*Registration required*
Bring the entire family from kids to seniors to this fun wreath decorating session. The library will provide decorating materials – you provide the wreath and the creativity! Staff will be available for simple assistance, but will not be instructing in decorating techniques. A holiday activity for children and free light refreshments are included. A limited supply of wreaths will be available at the event from 1:30 to 3:30 PM for $10 each, cash or local check accepted. Please register in advance for this program. Questions? Contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2122.

Nov. 30: Researching Genealogy Online

family treeResearching Online with Ancestry and HeritageQuest
Thursday, November 30 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required

Learn how to research your family history online with Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian, you can unlock the story of you with resources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, photos, maps, and more. Space is limited – please register in advance. Questions? Contact Lisa at 978-921-6062, ext. 2120 or ryan@noblenet.org.

2017 Fall Book Sale

pile of booksMark Saturday, October 21 on your calendar! That’s the day our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale begins. It runs through Sunday, October 29, and is open daily during regular library hours.

Members of the Friends are invited to a preview of the annual Friends’ Fall Book Sale on Friday, October 20 from 6 – 8 PM. Not yet a member of the Friends, or has your membership lapsed? Don’t worry, you can join or renew at the door. Memberships start at $15—cash and personal checks accepted. It’s a great chance to browse and socialize in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. Refreshments will be available.

All book sale proceeds benefit the library, including programs for all ages, library furnishings, and more. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email bev@noblenet.org.

Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy

Dugie Russell with “Chicken of the Woods” mushroom. Courtesy of Dugie Russell.

Monday, October 16 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find wild edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore, often in easy to access places? We’re currently in the middle of mushroom hunting season, the perfect time to learn how to forage this nutritious and delicious food source. Join Beverly’s “Renaissance Man,” Dugie Russell, to learn his secrets for locating potential mushroom hot-spots on the North Shore. A mushroom hunter for 40+ years, Dugie will address the identification of edible mushrooms, point out poisonous fungi to be avoided, and relate other fascinating facts, tips and anecdotes. All in his incomparable style that’s fun as well as informative! Free and open to adults, no signup needed. Light refreshments provided. Info: Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

Dugie Russell is an award-winning gardener, a published photographer, a retired shipwreck-diver and a unique craftsman/folk artist, as well as a mycophagist – a person who hunts and eats wild mushrooms. He worked for almost 30 years in the Massachusetts court system as both a Deputy Sheriff and a Court Officer, and was one of the original founders of the Essex County Sheriff’s search and recovery dive team. He has been retired since 2002.