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:

February 19
Presidents’ Day—NO PROGRAM

February 26
Where Does the Water Go? Wenham Lake, Chebacco Lake and Other Local Waterways
with Dr. Dorothy Boorse
Do you wonder why some local towns have nearly permanent water bans? Wonder how the water of Wenham Lake has changed over time? Interested in the history of the great ponds in the Gordon/Chebacco Woods? Come hear about local waterways, their history, and how they are changing with water withdrawals and climate change. Dr. Dorothy Boorse is a biology professor and Chair, Department of Biology at Gordon College.

March 5
W. C. Fields and Mae West
with The Delvena Theatre Company
Join us as we transform part of the Sohier Room into the dressing room of W. C. Fields and Mae West on the set of their 1940 production of My Little Chicadee! Players from Delvena Theatre Company will bring their characters to life and have you laughing as the audiences did way back when. Learn about the personal lives of Fields and West too, in this humorous yet informative production. After the performance, the actors will take questions from the audience. Truly a unique experience! Approximately 60 minutes.

March 12
Who Built the Pyramids? The Plot Thickens!
with John Fiske, Bunker Hill Community College
Twenty-year Beverly resident John Fiske returns to Monday Mornings to speak about his new novels, Titan’s Gold and (soon to-be-published) Khufu’s Gold. They tell the story of what happens after NASA discovers a spacecraft on another planet. Fiske will describe how he arrived at his idea, how the idea evolved, and how it came to include the Pyramids at Giza. He will illustrate his talk with slides from his two research trips (in 2016 and 2018) to Egypt, and explain that Cairo is both safe and fascinating. Join us for this entertaining blend of story, travel-adventure, and light humor. Signed copies of Titan’s Gold will be available.

March 19
Topic and presenter TBD

Stay tuned!

March 26
Pleasure Grounds: Public Gardens Close to Home
with Gail Anderson
Just the thing for welcoming spring! This armchair tour showcases five public gardens within just 40 miles of Beverly – gardens with important history and significant horticultural elements. The audience will “meet” the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens, including: the editor of The Atlantic Monthly magazine; a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener; a governor of Massachusetts; and a cutting edge plant collector. Antique photos are mixed with colorful images of perennial borders, rose gardens, allées and drives, woodland paths, tropical annuals, water features, statuary, and more.

April 2
Archer Adventures: South Korea and Japan
with John Archer
Beverly entrepreneur and world traveler John Archer continues his yearly tradition of visiting Monday Mornings to showcase images from his travels to exotic locales around the world. Join John today to view images of his recent trip to Japan and South Korea, complete with John’s vibrant photography and enthusiastic narration.

April 9
Spring Book Sale—NO PROGRAM

April 16
Patriots’ Day—NO PROGRAM

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 from Around 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
A Cruise to the Caribbean, 2018
with Marj Stark
Details coming soon!

May 21
The Life and Art of James McNeill Whistler
with Meg Dall, Art Educator
Details coming soon!

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