Summer Reading 2017 Slogan Build a Better World

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 Monday, July 31, 2017.

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 9, 2017
  • Visit the library by August 9, 2017, 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 8, 2017!

You’ll receive an earth kick ball and can enter a raffle to win Build a Better World prizes when you bring in your reading log for the Topsfield Fair!

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

“Build a Better World” 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.

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

The MCBA 2017-18 list can be found here.


A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Colorful ukuleles in a line.

Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. (Moving to Thursday evenings in July)

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!


Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion

Cover of The Shadows by Jacqueline West

Wednesday, July 12, 1 PM
For grades 3-6

Bring a lunch and discuss The Shadows by Jacqueline West. We will also have a fun game to play. The library will provide drinks and dessert. Copies of the book are available in the Children’s Room. Registration is required. Please click here to register or call 978-921-6062 ext 2107.




Build a Better World Drop-in Craft

Image of paper, scissors, glue

Wednesdays, July 5-August 9 (except July 12), 10:30-11:30 AM (while supplies last)
For Children ages 4 & up

Come Build a Better World …

Through Perspective: Make a Telescope to see the world with new eyes!
July 5th

Through Frippery: Make a Silly Hat!
July 19th

By Whatever Floats Your Boat: Design a Cork Boat!
July 26

Through Friendship: Make a Friendship Bracelet!
August 2

Through Kindness: Paint your own “Kindness Rocks” Rock!
August 9


Musical Mornings with Miz Liz

Woman Playing the Piano

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, July 8, 2017 10 AM

Thank you to the Friends for funding this program!





Summer Story Times will begin the week of July 9, 2017 and will run through the week of August 7, 2017. 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.


Circus Minimus The One Man Circus-in-a-Suitcase

Circus Minimus The One Man Circus-in-a-Suitcase

Wednesday, July 12, 10:30 AM

From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library!



LEGO Club for Grades K-5

Image of LEGOs

LEGO Club is for children in preschool-grade 5. The next meeting is Thursday, July 13, 2017, 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a drop-in program.

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






Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey

Northern Goshawk

Friday, July 21, 10 AM

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means “to seize”). Raptors can also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, which incorporates 5 live birds of prey gives an overview of these different categories. The program is designed to explain predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that WINGMASTERS cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future.

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library!


Jungle Jim’s Mindcraft Madness

Jungle Jim's Mindcraft Madness

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 AM

Recommended for ages 3 & up.

Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, this 45-minute action-packed performance is a Minecraft fan’s dream! Over a dozen volunteers join Jungle Jim on stage for activities such as the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and the incredible giant slime-ball creation! Best suited for ages 3-10. Learn more at

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library!


Personalized Reading List for Kids

Image of books in a row

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.



Science Squad

Image of a homemade catapult made of popsicle sticks & a plastic spoon.

Will begin again in the fall.
For Grades 1-5, No registration required.




Thank you to the Friends for supporting our programs!




What’s the Big Idea: Math and Science Story Time

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

Will begin again in the fall
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.