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.

Meet Our New Young Adult Librarian

scrabble helloThe main library is pleased to announce our new Young Adult Librarian, Meghan Karasin. Meghan started her new role in late July. She previously worked for over ten years as a high school librarian in Dorchester, and has her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Meghan especially enjoys reading young adult realistic fiction, and she’s looking forward to getting to know the teens of the Beverly community! Keep an eye on our monthly newsletter, our Teens page, and the library’s teen area to see the latest in teen programs, events and of course, books and other resources. And be sure to stop by Meghan’s office (on the 2nd floor) to say hello!

Libby, the One-Tap Reading 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 bev@noblenet.org.