Monday Mornings

Cup of CoffeeMonday Mornings is a free program series for senior adults that runs weekly in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. Series content is designed for seniors, but all adults are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m. Please note: While signup is not required, space is limited. At any given program, attendance may need to be capped to ensure a safe and enjoyable program for all.

Upcoming programs:

April 23
The Creative Sea: How Sea Life is Inspiring New Hi-Tech Materials and Medicines
with “Captain Mike” (Salem “Sea Shuttle”) and Paul Erickson
In this lively 45-minute presentation, discover how colorful sea creatures from our local waters and distant seas are helping engineers and scientists us biomimicry to develop advanced fiber optics, powerful adhesives, non-addictive pain killers, and more. A blend of science and art, this presentation features a kaleidoscope of underwater images set to the music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The presenters are Sea Shuttle naturalists, photographers, and divers. The Salem, MA-based Sea Shuttle has introduced the public, private charter groups, and thousands of students to New England’s biologically rich coastal seas.

April 30
Music That Celebrates the World
with Joe Boccia
Beverly musician Joe Boccia will present a selection of music celebrating countries and cultures around the world. Hear selections from or about Italy, Ireland, France, Brazil, Spain, Russia, and more. Joe creates his own compositions and sound effects from among thousands of choices available on his keyboard. Will you recognize familiar tunes among the set? Come find out!

May 7
Schools & Scholars: Five Centuries of Education in Beverly
with Terri McFadden
Beverly historian and retired Historic Beverly researcher Terri McFadden will present an illustrated talk about the development and evolution of education in Beverly from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries. Terri will also include images of students and teachers into the 20th century, as well as current schools and students. See what’s changed, and what might have stayed the same over the centuries in Beverly education!

May 14
Disaster in Paradise
 with Marj Stark
Americans love to vacation in the Caribbean, but sometimes tragedy strikes. Last fall the area was hit by two devastating hurricanes that left a lot of damage behind. The islands’ economy depends on tourism, so, while the residents are working toward recovery, they are encouraging tourists to come visit. Join Marj Stark on a trip to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten to see the tropical sights, as well as some of the devastation. Marj also visited the Everglades and Key West in Florida.

May 21
The Art of James McNeill Whistler
with Meg Dall, Art Educator
James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1834 and lived an artistic life for about 70 years. In both his art and his private affairs, he refused to be stereotyped. Whistler was among the first to question the traditional role of art and the artist in society, and the impact of his art and ideas during his lifetime was substantial. He was concerned with the relationship between painter and patron and, more importantly, with the broader problem of placing art in a rapidly changing society. In this presentation illustrated with examples of Whistler’s work, many from the collection of the Freer Gallery, we’ll explore Whistler’s artistic journey from humble beginnings in Lowell to the high society and royalty of London.

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