Library Receives Preservation Grant

The Beverly Public Library is pleased to announce the recent award of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $21,830.00 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The library, in partnership with the Beverly City Clerk’s Office, First Parish Church, and First Baptist Church, plan to fund preservation of library and archival materials.

Ruth Urell, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC, congratulates this year’s awarded libraries. “It’s clear from the high quality of their proposals that a lot of hard work and careful analysis of local needs went into the preparation of the grants,” she said. “The ideas and creativity expressed in these exciting and innovative projects will lead to outstanding results that benefit local communities throughout Massachusetts.”

In 2016, Beverly was awarded a Town-Wide Preservation Assessment Grant, providing the services of a Preservation Specialist to each partner. Needs identified in the preservation assessment reports, and prioritized by community partners, include:

  • the digitization and preservation of records used for genealogical purposes
  • properly storing/rehousing special collections
  • the comprehensive surveying of archival records, and
  • preserving items of unique and/or historical value.

Support from the Beverly Community Preservation grant will preserve historic library circulation records, re-frame three Will Barnet artist proofs, catalog and properly store valuable manuscripts, digitize and preserve vital records, and properly store church archives to prevent deterioration. Work will be ongoing during 2018.

Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to under served populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents. In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth Catalog, and, which provides information and resources for residents.

LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. Find more information about LSTA here.

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.

Our selections include:
January 26: North by Northwest (1959)
February 23: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015 documentary)
March 23: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
April 27: 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 or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

Boston Bruins Pajama Drive

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The Beverly Public Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. We will be collecting new pajamas for babies, children and teens from February 1 through March 15, 2018. With the support of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners libraries across the state will be collecting pajamas for the drive. Help us reach our goal of donating 100 new pairs of pajamas from the Beverly Public Library! Donations may be dropped off in the Children’s Room or at our Reference Desk (2nd floor). Thank you.

February 21: Researching with Ancestry Library & Creating a Family Tree

Genealogy PuzzleWednesday, February 21
10 – 11:30 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
*Registration required* Learn how to research your family history online with Ancestry Library Edition! Whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian, you can unlock the “story of you” with sources like census statistics, vital records, immigration records, family histories, photos, maps, and more. In this workshop, you will also learn how to create a family tree using popular online websites. Bring your laptop. Space is limited, please register here. Info: Lisa at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2120.

“Meditation for New Beginnings”

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Thursday, February 1
7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
In this busy, fast-paced world, peace can seem like an elusive commodity. Come join Eileen Carlotto, a longtime meditation practitioner, for an engaging program that will highlight effective meditation techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, promote inner growth, and improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Eileen will also include a short (chair) meditation sitting. Begin your New Year with meditation and join Eileen as she invites you on this journey! The program is free and open to adults – signup not required. Teens also welcome.

Eileen Carlotto is a middle school art teacher and has been a student of meditation for almost 30 years. She has been to India many times to deepen her practice. Eileen has 2 children and practices the art of balancing spiritual practices and leading a full, integrated life. Info: or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

New for 2018: Books & Brews Book Club

For adults 21 and up
Registration required
The Indo, 298 Cabot Street

The Beverly Public Library is pleased to announce a new monthly book group! “Books & Brews” will be meeting the fourth Wednesday of every month at The Indo, 298 Cabot Street, Beverly. That’s right, your library in a bar! Titles will include bestselling fiction and nonfiction by popular authors. Engage in great discussion while being able to enjoy appetizers, dinner, and drinks. Meetings will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

At the first meeting on Wednesday, January 24, we will discuss Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. Please register online or by calling/visiting the Reference Desk. Books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan at or 978-922-6062, ext. 2120.

January 18: “Save Room for Pie!”

Pie Potluck & Story Sharing
Thursday, January 18 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Warm up your winter with some great food and lots of fun at the library’s celebration of National Pie Day. Bring the whole family to our “pie potluck” and story sharing with local storyteller Tony Toledo.

Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day takes place annually in January and is dedicated to the celebration of pie. Bring a store-bought or homemade pie to share, then enjoy a slice or two after Tony leads the group in swapping favorite pie stories. Story sharing begins at 7 PM, then it’s time to eat pie from 7:45 – 8:15. The program concludes at 8:30 PM. Dessert, pizza, or dinner pie – any kind of pie is welcome! The library will provide basic beverages.

The program takes place in the Sohier Room and is free and open to all. Signup not required. Questions? Please email or call 978-921-6062, x 2134.