Monday Mornings

Cup of CoffeeMonday Mornings is a free lecture series for senior adults that runs annually in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place weekly on Mondays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m. Signup is not required. Series content is designed for seniors, but all adults are welcome to attend.

If you’d like to be added to the Monday Mornings email list, contact Robin Flynn, program director, at Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this series!

Upcoming programs:

September 12
The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment with Ken Warchol
In this illustrated presentation, travel inside a beehive with 6th-generation bee caretaker Ken Warchol to better understand this mysterious social insect and the role it plays in humanity’s survival on Earth. Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment, and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival. Ken will bring samples of a variety of honey for everyone to taste.

September 19
“Behind the Scenes” at the MFA with Lauren Whitley, Senior Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts, MFA

This past spring, Lauren visited Monday Mornings to discuss hippie fashion in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Today, she returns to provide a broader, insider’s look at curating at the MFA. The MFA’s Textile and Fashion Arts collection comprises more than 50,000 objects ranging from American needlepoint to European tapestries, Middle Eastern rugs, African kente cloths, and haute couture fashions. It includes objects that date to the earliest decades of the Common Era (C.E.). In this illustrated presentation, Lauren will share her experiences working with the collection, and the complexities of collecting, conserving, and creating exhibitions.

September 26
Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton: The Race to the South Pole with Bob Begin

Travel back to the turn of the 20th century when the British Empire was at its peak. Antarctica was the last major, unclaimed, unexplored region of the world. England and other countries such as Norway felt a desire to claim Antarctica for themselves. Additionally, in this context western powers were unknowingly hurtling toward global conflict. Learn of the journeys, failures, successes, and legacies of England’s Scott and Shackleton, and Norway’s Amundsen in this story of incredible hardship and suffering against some of the worst weather and harshest terrain on Earth.

October 3
Some Photographic Highlights of Italy (2016) with Robert Rasche

(*Description subject to adjustment*) Fresh from a 12-day trip to Italy, and a serious amateur photographer, Mr. Rasche will showcase images from his trip, which started in Sorrento and ended in Venice. Along the way, Mr. Rasche’s tour included many stops, including Rome, Florence, and particularly Tuscany. The program will include an overview of the tour and an explanation of the photographic equipment used, including a theft-resistant backpack!

October 10
Columbus Day – NO PROGRAM

October 17
Shadow Ball: A History of the Negro Leagues with Aaron Krerowicz

When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball on 15 April 1947, it marked one of the sport’s greatest historical moments. But it also served as the beginning of the end for the Negro Leagues. In this 60-minute multimedia presentation, Aaron Krerowicz (“From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America,” 2015) will observe and discuss the rise and fall of Negro League baseball.

October 24
Fall Book Sale – NO PROGRAM

October 31
Winslow Homer: An American Visionary with Meg Dall

Winslow Homer’s “stories” of the American landscape bring into focus the wonderful rich history of a country struggling with many issues to forge a unique identity of its own. Homer, a Boston native, stood alone as a man and an artist, with solitary habits and neither a founder, nor a close follower, of any school of painting. Many biographers have tried to grasp his personality with no success. While we may not have an intimate picture of the artist, we have his work to study and admire. In this illustrated (PowerPoint) session, we will explore the artist through a number of paintings we know and love.

November 7
An Alaskan Adventure (with Stops Along the Way: Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle) with Marj Stark

Retired Methodist Minister Marj Stark recently took a “bucket list” trip to Alaska to view the glaciers before they’re all gone. Travel with her to Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Anchorage, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay, Juneau and Ketchikan.

November 14
Topic TBA

November 21
Topic TBA

November 28
Archer Adventures: Morocco 2016 with John Archer

John continues his yearly tradition of visiting ‘Monday Mornings’ to showcase amazing images from his travels to exotic locales around the world. In spring 2016, John traveled to Morocco, experiencing the culture and landscape in all its diversity, including ocean, mountain, and Sahara Desert vistas. Don’t miss John’s keenly observant photography and enthusiastic narration.

December 5
Topic TBA

December 12 (closing program)
Musical Celebration of the Holidays with John Archer and Dan Murphy

John and Dan present their annual high-spirited and reflective set of traditional and modern holiday carols. If you wish, sing along while you enjoy holiday-theme refreshments, tea, and coffee during this closing program of the Fall 2016 series.