On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!

Sign-up for Summer Reading!

Visit the library to sign-up for our summer reading program! Kids will receive reading logs, stickers and a bookmark. Registration ends Saturday, July 30, 2016.

After you’ve signed-up you should:

  • Track the minutes you read on your reading log (each circle equals 20 minutes)
  • Read 700 minutes by August 10, 2016
  • Visit the library by August 10, 2016, bring in your reading log and tell the Children’s Room that you’ve reached the 700 minute goal!

The Topsfield Fair will send your prize packet to the library and you’ll be able to pick them up here in the Children’s Room. The library will contact you when the tickets are in. They must be picked up by noon on September 9, 2016!

You’ll receive a sports turtle squirter and can enter a raffle to win On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! prizes when you bring in your reading log for the Topsfield Fair!

Our summer reading program is for all ages. Being read to counts!

This year’s summer reading list can be found here.

The MCBA 2016-17 list can be found here.

“On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” is sponsored by the Beverly Public Library, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Topsfield Fair.


Summer Story Times will through the week of August 7, 2016. Days and times are listed below.

Hen Reading to Chicks

Story Time Sessions are as follows:
Babies and Books: Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Toddler Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:15 AM
Preschool Story Time:Thursdays at 1:15 PM
For story time descriptions, please click here.
No registration required.


On Your Mark…Get Set…Craft!

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Wednesdays, July 6-August 10, 10:30-11:30 AM (while supplies last)
For Children ages 4 & up

To celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, we’ll be making Brazilian masks, Olympic torches, world flags, cork racing boats, racing rocks, and Olympic medals!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program!


Music & Mother Goose

Colorful ukuleles in a line.

The fourth Monday of every month, July 25 and August 22, at 6:30 PM.

For families and kids under 5 (or so)
No registration required.

Join us for musical rhythmic fun! Dancing, shaking, moving and singing!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program!


Sciencetellers: Race Against Time

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Friday, July 29, 2016, 10 AM
Join us as we make things fly, spin, move, and soar while telling you a series of stories that will energize your summer! Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience the science of power and energy by telling stories using several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have the audience laughing, learning and having fun! Enjoy this spectacular adventure as we discover what makes us move and what powers the world!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program!


Creature Teachers

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Saturday, July 30, 10 AM
Creature Teachers will introduce a variety of animals who live in diverse areas around the world!

Thank you to the Isabella Rose Marino Endowment Fund for sponsoring this program!





Books and Bicycles, Ready, Set, Pedal, Read! by Tony Toledo

Black & white outline of a bicycle

Friday, August 5, 2016, 10 AM

When Tony Toledo rode his bicycle from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia he carried his tent, his clothes, his stove, his spoons and…. a book. He always carried a book. He carried that book over the Rocky Mountains. He carried that Book across the Kansas plains. He carried that book along the Oregon coast. He read that book in his tent when it rained. He read that book in Yellowstone National Park. He read that book in the bathroom of the KOA Campground in Kentucky to get away from the 7 pound mosquitoes. Come find out what that book was! Come celebrate a Successful Summer of Reading.

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program!

LEGO Club for Grades K-5

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LEGO Club is for children in grades K-5. The next meeting is Thursday, August 11, 2016, 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a drop-in program.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!






Musical Mornings with Miz Liz

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Join us for a fun, interactive mix of children’s sing-a-long music and literature! The half-hour program is geared toward children aged 0-5 and their parents and caregivers. All are welcome. No registration required.
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10 AM

Thank you to the Friends for funding this program!





Personalized Reading List for Kids

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Looking for a new series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Are you a parent trying to find pirate picture books for your preschooler? Try our new Personalized Reading List for Kids! All you need to do is answer a few questions such as who your favorite authors are and what types of books you like to read. Based on your responses one of our children’s librarians will create a list just for you!
Please click here to fill out a form.



After School Programs will begin again in September. Days and times are listed below.

Image of math and science ideas coming out of a book.

What’s the Big Idea: Math and Science Story Time will meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM.
No registration required.
For children ages 4-6.
Based on the What’s the Bid Idea? program created by Mother Goose Programs (Vermont Center for the Book) this story time incorporates math and science into a story time and activity.


Dancing Raisins Science Experiment

Science Squad will meet once a month on Thursdays at 3:30 PM.
For Grades 1-5, No registration required.

Thank you to the Friends for supporting our programs!