BIPOC Voices

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Voices is a book discussion group intended to encourage an understanding of systemic racism, privilege, and biases to help disrupt racial inequalities and racism. Together the group will foster knowledge, empathy and understanding of the experiences, identities and history of people in the BIPOC community. We will explore these titles through an anti-racism lens to allow for open and honest conversations in a safe, respectful environment.

Movie and Discussion: 13th

Wednesday, February 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This movie is geared to adults, but all ages are welcome.

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Join us for a viewing followed by a discussion.

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Wednesday, March 16 at 2:45 PM
Beverly High School Library
This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.

“This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It’s for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves; because the color of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folks feel scared and threatened … This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.”

Find the book.

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Wednesday, April 13 at 3 PM
Beverly Middle School Library
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

This funny and thought-provoking graphic novel details Drew Ellis’ eighth-grade year as one of the few Black kids in a private suburban school. Drew wonders why he has to work “twice as hard to go half as far” as he navigates microaggressions and racial stereotyping from his classmates and teachers alike. This outstanding companion to New Kid will spark important conversations about race, class, identity, friendship, bullying and more.

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BIPOC Voices is a partnership between Abu Toppin, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Beverly, and the Beverly Public Library.

Children’s Books Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Voices

Children’s Books Celebrating AAPI Voices & Stories

Children’s Books Celebrating Black Voices & Stories

Deep Dive Book Club and Parent University

The Deep Dive Book Group examines a variety of topics that impact teens. Each month, through the books we are reading, we will explore topics related to mental health and substance abuse and look at positive coping strategies and resources.

For teens in grades 6-12.

The Deep Dive Book Group is a partnership with Be Healthy Beverly and the Beverly Public Library.

Book Discussion Dates

January: Marijuana and Alcohol

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Monday, January 24 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.”

Find the book.

February: Tobacco and Positive Coping Strategies

The Castle School (For Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel
Monday, February 28 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“Paralyzed by grief, Moira feels punished when her parents send her to a therapeutic boarding school in Maine where she meets eleven other troubled girls and gradually begins to understand her parents’ true intentions behind sending her there.”

Find the book.

March: Opioids

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
Monday, March 28 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there.The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good. With a new circle of friends–fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill–Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.”

Find the book.

April: LGBTQ+ Community

Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali
Monday, April 25 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed”

Find the book.

May: BIPOC Community

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds
Monday, May 23 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning.”

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June: Mindfulness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Monday, June 27 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions”

Find the book.

Booklists

Katie N., Head of Teen Services, has created book lists on past and current Deep Dive and Parent University topics. The books on this list are geared towards teens, but there are many titles included that parents and guardians will find helpful.

Alcohol and marijuana
Attendance
Coping with COVID using humor
Mental health

Looking for books on topics that you don’t see here? Email Katie and she can help!

Discussion Questions

Missed a meeting? Want to hold your own book discussion? Past book discussions will be posted after the discussion date!

Be Healthy Beverly’s Parent University is an initiative to offer resources, education, and programs focused on giving parents access to tips and tools on how to discuss difficult topics with their kids, such as substance use and mental health. Parent University also provides youth and teens facts on mental health, substance use risks, and positive coping strategies so that parents can feel supported by their community as they discuss these topics with their kids.

The NOBLE app

The NOBLE Libraries catalog app is now available for iOS and Android devices:
Google Play | Apple App Store

Welcome to the NOBLE app! With our new app, you can manage your account online, browse for books, and place holds. You will also be able to see and renew items you currently have checked out. Plus, you can even use the app for contactless self-checkout while at the library.

What can you do with a Boston Public Library eCard?

If you are a Massachusetts resident and don’t already have a Boston Public Library card, you can register for one online. With a BPL eCard, you have access to BPL’s remote resources and services.

BPL eCards expire every 2 years and are renewable online. Patrons must be 13 or older to register for an eCard.

Stream and Download

Using the BPL eCard, you have access to stream and download books, audiobooks, movies and more.

  • Kanopy: Kanopy includes acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers.
  • PressReader: Color full-page and article reproductions of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers and magazines from the last three months.

Access Online Resources

To access online resources, you will need your BPL barcode and PIN. Some of the resources that can be accessed include:

  • National Geographic: Full reproductions of National Geographic magazine (1888-present) and National Geographic Traveler (2010-present).
  • CQ Researcher: CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.
  • Very Short Introductions: Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas.
  • Headspace: Experience the benefits of meditation through guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos.

Access Online Databases

  • LawDepot: LawDepot for Libraries allows you to create your own personalized legal documents specific to your state/province and personal situation.
  • Lynda.com: Video courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills, taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Mergent Intellect: Delivers private and public United States and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executives and industry profiles.

Resource for Parents, Children and Teens

The Boston Public Library offers resources for both Parents and Children and Teens. Below are few highlights from their collections.

  • Scholastic Teachables: An online hub of 30,000 ready-to-use printable learning resources for every subject, pre-K to 6th grade.
  • MakeMake: MakeMake has 300 Spanish-language eBooks for children. The collection includes picture books, read-along books and interactive books.

Binge Boxes are here!

It’s getting dark earlier and it’s getting colder. A perfect time to settle in for a movie marathon!

We are excited to introduce our collection of Binge Box DVDs! Each box contains 4-6 themed movies. Spend a weekend watching or spread it out. You have three weeks!

Themes include horror, rom-coms, classic holiday films, Marvel’s Avengers, Black experiences, mysteries, LGBTQ+, 80’s movies, and more!

Browse the collection!