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. Please note:

  • Programs take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room, ground floor.
  • Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m.
  • Series content is designed for seniors, but all adults are welcome to attend.
  • 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:

September 11
Wooden Ships & Iron Men
This past July, the USS Constitution, the most famous ship in American naval history and the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, returned to Boston Harbor after a two-year restoration. Learn about the brilliant performance of this venerable frigate – launched in 1797! – in key engagements during the War of 1812, when the United States was still a very new nation seeking to gain the recognition and respect of Great Britain. Bob will also talk about the famous battle between the Shannon (Royal Navy) and the Chesapeake (United States), and provide background on the war’s origins. Quotes from key figures will bring history to life.

September 18
WINGMASTERS: North American Birds of Prey
Raptors—hunting birds which include hawks, falcons and owls—have the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Many birds of prey are declining in number, and some face an uncertain future. This presentation, which features 5 – 6 live birds cared for by WINGMASTERS, will provide an overview of the above raptor categories, and address predation, raptors’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations, and their status in a rapidly changing world.

September 25
“Talking Trash” with the Beverly Waste Reduction Committee
Description subject to adjustment. The Beverly Waste Reduction Committee (BWRC) will talk about strategies for reducing waste, and the cost of waste, in the City of Beverly, with a focus on 1) the new Citywide Curbside Compost Program (launching this month), and 2) the ongoing efforts the BWRC has been making to develop a “Pay As You Throw” program like those successfully implemented in surrounding communities.

October 2
From Baseball to Basil: Urban Farming at Fenway Park and Beyond
You don’t have to be a baseball, or even Red Sox, fan to enjoy this presentation! Did you know that in 2015, Fenway Park launched a rooftop organic produce farm that provides fresh produce to Red Sox Nation, both in and outside the park? Maintained by Somerville’s Green City Growers (GCG), the 5,000 sq. ft. “Fenway Farms” yields almost 6,000 pounds of fresh produce each growing season. Join Jessie Banhazl, founder of Green City Growers, to learn about Fenway Farms and the urban farming movement in the Boston area and beyond.

October 9
Columbus Day – NO PROGRAM

October 16
Archer Adventures: Eastern Europe (Along the Danube)
John continues his yearly tradition of visiting ‘Monday Mornings’ to showcase amazing images from his continuing travels to exotic locales around the world. Today, John will tell us about his recent trip to Eastern Europe, complete with his keenly observant photography and enthusiastic narration.

October 23
Fall Book Sale – NO PROGRAM

October 30
Important People & Personalities in Beverly’s History
In this illustrated presentation, Beverly historian and retired teacher Fred Hammond will talk about people who have made a mark on Beverly’s history since it’s earliest times in the 17th century up to the present day. Images and technical assistance will be provided by Frank Marcos.

November 6
The Art of Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth, son of famed American illustrator N. C. Wyeth and father of Jamie and Nicholas, loved the pure poetry of painting. He felt strongly that there was a life in the portraits that he created. No one could actually commission a portrait by Andrew Wyeth; he chose you for the canvas. Wyeth also captured American landscapes and made them legendary. And of course, there was the scandal of the Helga pictures in 1986. In this illustrated presentation, art educator Meg Dall will explore the artist’s inner emotional life, and showcase a variety of his most famous paintings and drawings.

November 13
The Tenants of Hale Farm
With Terri McFadden. Details coming soon.

November 20

November 27
A 2017 Mediterranean Cruise
Retired reverend Marj Stark will describe and show images of her September 2017 Mediterranean cruise which sailed between Rome and Barcelona, Spain.

December 4
Cutting the (Cable) Cord 101
Details TBA.

December 11

December 18

Keep a lookout for additional program details. 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!