Digital New York Times Now Available

The Beverly Public Library now offers patrons FREE digital access to the New York Times from the library and at home (remote) access for Beverly residents. You will be granted full electronic access to all sections of the daily newspaper including videos, podcasts, multimedia and photos. Patrons also have full access to the Spanish and Mandarin editions. Other features include market data charts, indexes and interactive tools.

For remote access, simply visit our Digital Collection page with your library card number and Password/PIN, redeem the access code, and log in or create a free account. When your 72 hour access time period has ended, simply redeem another code. Digital New York Times access is available for all patrons inside the library, no library card needed!

For more information call 978-921-6062 and speak to a Reference librarian.

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.

Adult Fitness Class: The Energy Barre Pop-Up

fitness heartTuesday, July 10 from 7 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Trying to get in shape or just want to have some fun? Inspired by ballet, in combination with many other fitness techniques, barre classes are a fun and healthy way to get moving to music while toning, strengthening, and restoring balance to the body. All fitness levels welcome. Bottled water will be provided. Questions? Please contact Allison at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2118.

Summer Sounds 2018

Wednesdays this summer, July 11 through August 22
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 22.
PDF of Summer Sounds Schedule

Upcoming concerts:

July 11: LOVE LOVE TRIO, vocal-and-lyric-driven ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock.
July 18: JD DEBRIS & THE MELEE, art pop singer-songwriter and band mixing sharp hooks, Latin r&b rhythms, and jazzy experimentation.
July 25: BLUE PARROT, trio showcasing Scottish, French, French Canadian, and Irish tunes and songs.
August 1: ADRIENNE HOWARD & LINDA SWICKER, traditional music from Ireland, Quebec, France, and Appalachia.
August 8: NICK CONSONE & ELEANOR JANE, singer-songwriter duo, indie rock to soulful blues.
August 15: BOB KRAMER BAND, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.
August 22: MOLLY PINTO MADIGAN, hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions of folk and traditional music.

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

Italian Summer Film Series

felini-satyriconSohier Room, Main Library
No registration required

Join us on the fourth Fridays in May, June and July for a taste of 1960s Italian cinema! Directed by three of the 20th century’s most iconic auteurs–Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Luchino Visconti–these films will whisk you from the overripe decadence of Nero’s Rome to the equally overripe decadence of Swinging London, capped by a rich family saga dramatizing the roiling rift between industry and regional tradition.

May 25 at 1 PM: Fellini’s Satyricon (1969)

June 22 at 1 PM: Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966) in English

July 27 at 1 PM: Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Freshly popped corn provided gratuito! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program!

Free and open to adults. Light refreshments provided. Info: Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

June & July Art: “Naturally”

June 2 through July 26
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.

English Learner Conversation Circles

word cloud with welcome in many languagesAdult English Language Learners of all levels are welcome to join our new monthly Conversation Circles. These gatherings will allow for comfortable conversations in English that center around common English expressions, grammatical curiosities, issues of local interest, and perhaps some poetry.

Free; no registration required. For more information please contact Martha at 978-921-6062 ext. 2119 or

Upcoming Conversation Circles:
Friday, May 25 from 10:15 to 11 AM
Friday, June 15 from 10:15 – 11 AM
Friday, July 20 from 10:15 – 11 AM
Friday, August 17 from 10:15 – 11 AM