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:

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 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 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
Genetically Modified (GM) Foods: Not as New as You Think! with Dr. Mike Cross, NECC
Did you know that genetically modified food is not new and that it’s been around for centuries? In this presentation, we will explore the world of GM food, including how it’s created and how abundant it is in our food supply. Mike Cross, Instructor of Chemistry at NECC, believes that education should be fun and exciting. He enjoys incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his teaching. Don’t miss this fun and informative program!

November 21
Don’t Go Down to the Sea! Clairvoyant Moll Pitcher with Anne Barrett
John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized this 17th century clairvoyant in one of his first poems. Moll Pitcher’s reputation was spread to ports around the world by New England sailors who would refuse to go aboard a ship if she predicted a doomed voyage. Rich and poor, famous and obscure, people sought her out in her small Lynn cottage for more than 50 years. Legend holds she may have played a part in the American Revolution. Learn about her and her uncanny predictions, some of which came to pass long after her death. This presentation ends with a little surprise.

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.