Summer Sounds 2017

Wednesdays this Summer through August 23
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 23. Upcoming concerts:

August 2: JD DEBRIS & BODEK, art pop unplugged.
August 9: BOB & JEN STROM, husband and wife duo with Irish fiddle music, traditional and contemporary folk songs.
August 16: NICK CONSONE & ELEANOR JANE, singer-songwriter duo from indie rock to soulful blues.
August 23: BOB KRAMER BAND, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.

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

Labor Day Hours

Labor DayThe main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, 2017.

A reminder that the main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed on Saturdays, through September. Extended weekend hours will resume in October. (The Farms branch is closed on Sundays year round.)

Eclipse Glasses GONE!

UPDATE: We have run out of glasses.

If you did not get glasses there are alternate methods to view the eclipse, be sure to read NASA’s safety information first. These alternate methods include pinhole projection and are provided by the American Astronomical Society.

On Monday, August 14, the main library Children’s Room had a limited supply of free eclipse viewing glasses – one pair per individual, or three per family, while supplies lasted.

We also provided an information sheet about safe viewing of the August 21 solar eclipse, which is a partial eclipse in New England. Click here to see a cool animation of what to expect in the Boston area!

Questions? Email Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for providing these glasses! Happy and Safe Viewing!


Find Your Neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground”

Come see if you can locate your neighborhood in “Our Stomping Ground,” a vibrant wood mural by Beverly resident Brian Murphy currently on display at the main library. The piece was previously on display on Cabot Street as part of Beverly Main Street’s Red Fence Art Gallery, and is a representation of all of Beverly’s unique neighborhoods.

An artist and graphic designer, Murphy envisioned a piece that “spoke” about Beverly. He was inspired to create the piece after riding his bike through the city. His clever design allows all neighborhoods to be included. Murphy wanted to make a dimensional piece for the Red Fence because previous artworks were painted. He explains, “…I came across various buildings, icons, and images that I thought would work well…By creating dimension, the piece brought in shadows, light and…changes throughout the day. Much like Beverly day in and day out.” The piece is constructed from discarded oak skids.

“Our Stomping Ground” is installed on the main library’s second floor between the Circulation and Reference desks. Need a hint to where your neighborhood is represented? A guide is available on a desk under the mural, and at the Reference desk.