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access to under served populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.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 mass.gov/libraries, 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.

February 22: BAD ART Night

bad art night 2018Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Going a bit stir-crazy during this cold, dark winter? Need to get out and express yourself? Well, we’ve got the answer. Come make BAD ART with us. We’ll supply the basics and a few BAD ideas. No talent necessary. Event starts at 6:30 PM, but drop in anytime. This program is geared toward adults (or ages 16+, we promise not to check IDs), as our art supplies will not be appropriate for children. Light refreshments served. Free; no registration required. Questions? Please call 978-921-6062 or email ridenour@noblenet.org.

2017 State, Federal Tax Forms

The main library and Farms branch will make federal and state personal income tax forms available as soon as they arrive.

On January 4, the IRS announced that the 2018 tax filing season would begin on January 29. The IRS set the opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of recent tax legislation on 2017 tax returns. The IRS is currently working to finalize the forms and instructions to reflect the legislation which passed in late December. As a result, some shipments may come later than normal. While most IRS tax forms, instructions and publications will be available electronically on IRS.gov by the beginning of the filing season (January 29), the printing and distribution process for printed products takes longer to complete.

Quantities may be limited and are determined by the IRS and MA Department of Revenue. You can order IRS forms by mail online or by calling 1-800-829-3676. Or, ask our Reference staff for help locating forms online.

Please note the following:

  • We are unable to predict when forms will arrive, how many we will receive, or when they will permanently run out.
  • We are unable to hold forms. However, we’re happy to check our supply if you’re searching for a particular form: please call us at 978-921-6062 or 6066 for the Farms branch.

You can also get most forms online. Printable forms are available at the following links:

IRS Forms and Publications

MA tax forms or MassTaxConnect

You can save paper by filing your state and federal returns online. The IRS and MA Department of Revenue both offer secure portal options at:

IRS e-file options

MA Personal Income Tax Filing Options

Library staff are not able to provide tax advice or assistance, but free help is available (by appointment) at the Beverly Senior Center from February through April. Preference is given to seniors, but all are welcome to seek assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org.

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 mamorgan@noblenet.org.

Upcoming Conversation Circles:
Friday, February 9 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, March 9 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, April 20 from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, May TBD from 10 – 11 AM
Friday, June 1 from 10 – 11 AM

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 martens@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

Boston Bruins Pajama Drive

February 1 through March 15Bruins Pajama Drive graphic
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.

Borrow a Chromebook

chromebookThe main library now offers a limited number of Chromebooks for single-day use inside the library on a first come, first serve basis. Chromebooks are easy to use laptops that are great for basic internet browsing, checking email, accessing social media networks, and using Google Apps. Borrowers must have a valid NOBLE library card in good standing and sign a user agreement. Inquire at our Reference desk.