Oct. 26: Book Sale College Night!

woman holding booksCollege students – come to our special “College Night” at the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale on Thursday, October 26 from 5 to 9 PM. Show your college I.D. and buy a bag of books for $3, or a box of books for $5.

Fall Book Sale takes place from Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the main library. The sale is open daily during regular library hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9AM-9PM; Fri. & Sat., 9AM-5PM; and Sun., 1PM-5PM. The sale features a wide selection of hardcover and paperback fiction for adults and teens, children’s books, and nonfiction.

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2017 Fall Book Sale

pile of booksMark Saturday, October 21 on your calendar! That’s the day our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Fall Book Sale begins. It runs through Sunday, October 29, and is open daily during regular library hours.

Members of the Friends are invited to a preview of the annual Friends’ Fall Book Sale on Friday, October 20 from 6 – 8 PM. Not yet a member of the Friends, or has your membership lapsed? Don’t worry, you can join or renew at the door. Memberships start at $15—cash and personal checks accepted. It’s a great chance to browse and socialize in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. Refreshments will be available.

All book sale proceeds benefit the library, including programs for all ages, library furnishings, and more. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email bev@noblenet.org.

Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy

Dugie Russell with “Chicken of the Woods” mushroom. Courtesy of Dugie Russell.

Monday, October 16 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find wild edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore, often in easy to access places? We’re currently in the middle of mushroom hunting season, the perfect time to learn how to forage this nutritious and delicious food source. Join Beverly’s “Renaissance Man,” Dugie Russell, to learn his secrets for locating potential mushroom hot-spots on the North Shore. A mushroom hunter for 40+ years, Dugie will address the identification of edible mushrooms, point out poisonous fungi to be avoided, and relate other fascinating facts, tips and anecdotes. All in his incomparable style that’s fun as well as informative! Free and open to adults, no signup needed. Light refreshments provided. Info: Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

Dugie Russell is an award-winning gardener, a published photographer, a retired shipwreck-diver and a unique craftsman/folk artist, as well as a mycophagist – a person who hunts and eats wild mushrooms. He worked for almost 30 years in the Massachusetts court system as both a Deputy Sheriff and a Court Officer, and was one of the original founders of the Essex County Sheriff’s search and recovery dive team. He has been retired since 2002.

Join Us for These Free Fall Programs

Let’s Chat About Books: A Program for Book Lovers
Thursday September 14 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Let’s talk about books! You are invited to an evening at Beverly Public Library to chat with other book lovers about your favorite books, authors, and genres. What do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? What are you going to read next? This is a great way to connect with other book lovers to see what they’re reading. This program will also include a presentation to help you discover databases and services that can help you in your search for the perfect book. We’ll discuss Novelist Plus, Personalized Book Lists, Hot 100, Wowbrary, and lots more! Light refreshments will be served. Info: ryan@noblenet.org

All About eBooks: Meet Libby
Wednesday October 11 at 10 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required

Have you always wondered about eBooks but just haven’t learned how to do it yet? Would you like to listen to audiobooks directly from your smartphone? Would you like to read magazines for free from your tablet or computer as soon as they hit the newsstand? This class will teach you the basics of eBooks and digital audiobooks using OverDrive. You will learn all about the new Libby app and how to search and check out eBooks and audiobooks with your own personal device. We will also take a look at our collection of digital magazines provided by RB Digital! Space is limited. Please register online or call 978-921-6062. Info: ryan@noblenet.org

Special October Hours

Fall is approaching, and that means that our weekend hours will resume. Sunday hours at the main library (1 – 5 PM) will resume on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Saturday hours at the Beverly Farms branch (10 AM – 5 PM) will resume on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays. Expanded weekend hours will continue until Memorial Day 2018.

Additionally, both library locations will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Columbus Day holiday.