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.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Wednesday, May 19 at 7 PM
Beverly Common
(Rain date: May 26. Bring a blanket or beach chair!)
This title is geared to adults, but all ages are welcome.

Talking about race can feel intimidating and overwhelming, but conversations – and action – are needed to dismantle racism in our society. This passionate and informative book explores topics such as privilege, police brutality, microaggressions, intersectionality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more. In each of the 17 chapters, Oluo answers questions readers might hesitate to ask, such as “What if I talk about race wrong?” and “Talking is great, but what else can I do?” to foster a deeper understanding of the racial divide and how to help create real change in the fight against racial oppression.

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Wednesday, June 16 at 7 PM
Beverly Common
(Rain date: June 23. Bring a blanket or beach chair!)
This title is geared to teens, but all ages are welcome.

When an innocent attempt to help his ex turns into a run in with a cop and a night spent in handcuffs, Justyce turns to Martin Luther King, Jr. to attempt to make sense of the world and his place in it. When faced with one of the most challenging moments of his life, how will asking “What would Martin do?” help Justyce navigate being a young black man in America?

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Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Wednesday, July 21 at 7 PM
Beverly Common
(Rain date: July 28. Bring a blanket or beach chair!)
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

Donte, who has darker skin than his brother, experiences more racism than his brother at their private middle school, facing intolerance and injustice from school administrators and some students. Will Donte find empowerment through fencing at the local Boys and Girls Club?

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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 Black Voices & Stories

We invite you to explore these wonderful children’s books created by Black authors and illustrators.

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!

Six-Word Memoirs

Brevity is the soul of wit. William Shakespeare

Tell us your pandemic story in six words. We want to preserve Beverly’s collective experience of 2020, a most unusual year. Add to Beverly’s pandemic stories by submitting yours. We will submit your entries to the Six-Word Memoirs website and add them to our local history collection.

Submit your entries by Thursday, December 31.

Check out some of these staff examples:

Jerusha holds a sign reading "Bad kitty! Stop it! Stop! Stop" Joe holds a sign reading "Adapt, modify balance, alter, adjust patience."

Beverly Public Library has created this with permission from Six-Word Memoirs® from Larry Smith.