Monday Mornings

Cup of CoffeeMonday Mornings is a free lecture series for senior adults that runs weekly in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place weekly from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m. Signup 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, please contact the program director at Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this series.

Upcoming programs:

April 24
The Magic of Color: Choosing Home Colors with Confidence with Linda Varone
Paint colors give you the biggest bang for your decorating buck. But with over 16,000 colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming! Before you open your wallet or grab a paint brush, learn about the following from design consultant Linda Varone: fool-proof color selection; finding your color scheme; why you should never pick your paint color in the hardware store; how color can affect the mood of a space; and, latest advances in paint technology. This presentation is filled with practical suggestions and real-life examples, and generously illustrated with photo slides.

May 1
Beverly Harbor During the Revolution with Fred Hammond and Frank Marcos
How active was the town of Beverly during the American Revolution? Why was Beverly the only fortified harbor north of Boston? Why was it chosen to be the birthplace of Washington’s Fleet? Join local historian, author, and retired teacher Fred Hammond, along with Frank Marcos, for an illustrated exploration of these questions. Fred Hammond is the author of Reflections of 20th-Century Beverly.

May 8
The Art of Grandma Moses with Meg Dall
Anna Mary Robertson Moses – better known as “Grandma Moses” – was praised by President Harry Truman, had correspondence with Sir Winston Churchill, and was memorialized by President Kennedy. She was loved by the American people as a true original. A self-taught artist who worked with whatever materials were at hand, her life stories were her compositions, depicting a nostalgic glimpse into daily life in rural New York and Virginia. In this illustrated presentation, art educator Meg Dall will explore this artist’s life through a series of her most popular paintings.

May 15
The “House Whisperer”: Dating Early Homes in Essex County and Beverly with John Cole
Haverhill resident John Cole, also known as the “Old House Whisperer,” was formerly a property manager for Historic New England and worked extensively with acclaimed American architectural historian, Abbott Lowell Cummings.  In this illustrated presentation, John will point out the telltale “sign posts” in discovering the true age of early houses in Essex County and Beverly, as seen from the exterior. He will also reveal where most original rare elements of these dwellings actually reside. Some interior pictures of the Henry Wayland Peabody estate in Beverly Cove will also be included.

May 22
Ancient Astronomy: Cape Ann’s Native American Solar Observatory with Mary Ellen Lepionka
Mary Ellen Lepionka’s interest in Native Americans on Cape Ann was sparked by Samuel de Champlain’s 1613 map of “Le beau port” (Gloucester) showing a wigwam on her street. Lepionka has determined that Native Americans living on Cape Ann before and during European contact used the area of Gloucester known as Poles Hill, as a solar observatory, ceremonial landscape, and gateway to the spirit world. At this illustrated presentation, learn more about Poles Hill and the ancient people who made and used the site.