Friends’ Pop-Up Book Sale

sunshine clipartSaturday, June 16 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Barnet Gallery, Main Library
While you’re out enjoying Arts Fest this year, come cool off at the library and browse books, DVDs, CDs and Friends’ gift merchandise. Enjoy complimentary refreshments too! With our bargain sale prices, you can buy a bag full of books for the price of one new book or magazine. Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, all children’s books 2/$1. Cash and checks accepted. All proceeds support the library. Info:

Well Met: Songs of the Sea

cleat with ropeMonday, June 4 from 10 – 11 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library

We’re happy to welcome back Ohio folk singer Judy Cook for a musical program featuring historic and traditional sea songs and ballads. These musical tales will include stories of men, women and the sea; shipwrecks; ghosts; and mermaids. The songs are funny and serious, chorus and narrative, ancient and not-so-ancient. Judy will accompany her music with projected images, including lyrics for choruses so all may join in the singing. A list of the songs with historical context will also be provided.

Free and open to adults, signup not required. Light refreshments included. Info: or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Judy Cook has been on the road since the early 1990s, making her own the songs and ballads of traditional Americana and the British Isles. She has family roots in Virginia, lucky enough to be born into a family who loved music. She is respected on both sides of the Atlantic as both a singer and interpreter of traditional songs. Her vast and varied repertoire has resulted in an array of entertaining and informative themed programs that are enthusiastically received wherever she goes.

Did You Know? Learn About Our Gift Book Program

book with gift ribbonDid you know you can commemorate a holiday or special occasion with the gift of a book for the library, given in someone’s name? Gift opportunities include a birth or a birthday, an anniversary, a memorial to a loved one, Christmas or Hannuakah – or any milestone you wish to acknowledge!

For a tax-deductible donation of $25, a book will be selected for you in the category of your choice. The honoree will be notified of the gift given in their name.  A bookplate acknowledging the gift and occasion will be included inside the cover of the book.

Gift Book Program forms are available at both the main library and the Beverly Farms branch. Stop by the Reference desk at either location. At the main library, you can also pick up a form on the kiosk near our 2nd floor bulletin board.

Cookbook Club

bottles of spicesThursday May 31 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required

What is Cookbook Club? Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

How does it work? After you register to attend the program you may pick up the mystery ingredient at the Reference desk. One mystery ingredient per household. Cook something to share with the mystery ingredient and bring your dish to the group discussion on May 31 for all to enjoy!

Please register online, at the Reference desk, or by calling 978-921-6062, ext. 2177.

Handicapped accessible. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062 ext.2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

May 30: Technology Maintenance

desktop computerThe library network we belong to, NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange), will be doing technology maintenance starting Wednesday, May 30 at 9 PM.

All online library systems, including the catalog, our website, OverDrive, and electronic resources, will be unavailable on Wednesday evening until approximately midnight.

Special May Hours

Please note that Sunday hours at the main library, and Saturday hours at the Farms branch, will end for the season as of Memorial Day weekend (May 26 through May 28, 2018). The final Sunday that the main library will be open is May 20, and the final Farms Saturday will be May 19.

The library will be CLOSED Sundays for the summer as of Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The Farms branch will be CLOSED Saturdays for the summer as of Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Extended weekend hours will resume in the fall.

Additionally, the main library will be CLOSED for the Memorial Day holiday on Saturday, May 26, and both library locations are closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Spring Book Crafts

Thursday, May 17, 2018
6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Break out the scissors and the hot glue guns! Let’s take some old books and make them into something new. Join us to create paper bouquets and cards out of re-purposed books. No talent necessary. The library will provide all art supplies. Free; no registration required. This program is geared towards adults and young adults (ages 14+) as some of the art supplies will not be appropriate for children. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.