Summer Sounds 2019

Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series
Wednesdays, July 10 through August 21
Winter Street Courtyard, Main Library from 6–7 PM
(Rain location: Sohier Room)

Join us for free, family-friendly performances by local musicians on the Winter Street courtyard!

Upcoming concerts:

July 10: BLUE PARROT, trio showcasing Scottish, French, French Canadian, and Irish tunes and songs.
July 17: MOLLY PINTO MADIGAN, hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions of folk and traditional music.
July 24: JD DEBRIS & THE MELEE, art pop singer-songwriter and band mixing sharp hooks, Latin r&b rhythms, and jazzy experimentation.
July 31: ADRIENNE HOWARD & LINDA SWICKER, traditional music from Ireland, Quebec, France, and Appalachia.
August 7: BREWIN BRASS BAND, Nine piece brass band playing original songs, dance covers and classic rock.
August 14: BOB KRAMER BAND, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.
August 21: LOVE LOVE TRIO, vocal-and-lyric-driven ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock.

Summer Sounds is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

August 23: Prometheus, August 23 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Ridley Scott revived his beloved space-monster franchise, Alien, with Prometheus, a film set in the deepest, coldest cosmic wastes. Michael Fassbender anchors (or is that undermines?) a crew of men and machines as it seeks the origins of humanity—and maybe hastens its end.

Free and open to adults, with free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Questions? Contact Matthew at

Labor Day Hours

The main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2, 2019.

A reminder that the main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed on Saturdays, through September. Extended weekend hours will resume in October. (The Farms branch is closed on Sundays year round.)

September 5: Cookbook Club

Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration required

What is Cookbook Club?
Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

How does it work?
Sign up to attend the program.
Pick up the mystery ingredients at the Reference Desk.
Cook something to share with the mystery ingredient.
Bring your dish to the group discussion on September 5.

Registration is required to pick up the mystery ingredient. One mystery ingredient per household. Registration opens August 5.

Handicapped accessible. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

September 12: Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times

Thursday, September 12* from 7-8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

*Please note date change
We are living in a time that feels often confusing and stressful.  People are more anxious and there is often a struggle to find ways to stay positive and true to our inner core. Join Eileen Carlotto, as she demonstrates how incorporating meditation in our lives can be the change that can make a big difference in our lives and the lives of others. Participants will be guided through a first-hand personal experience of meditation.

Eileen Carlotto
Eileen Carlotto is a middle-school art teacher, author, and illustrator. With 35 years meditation experience to draw on, Eileen offers workshops on various aspects of meditation and spirituality. Eileen has studied under a world renowned meditation teacher and been to India many times to deepen her practice and share this technique with others.

Eileen demonstrates how, in the middle of a jam-packed, daily schedule, you can integrate your meditation practice into your own busy life.

Questions? Contact Katie at 978-921-6062, ext. 2122 or

September 26: Banned Book Discussion

Book Discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Thursday, September 26 from 7-8:30 PM

Fogg Room, Main Library

In honor of Banned Book Week, join us for a book discussion of one of the most challenged books in the US. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie has been on the list of most frequently challenged titles 7 times in the past 9 years. Let’s talk about that!

Discussion titles are available at the Circulation Desk. They may also be available on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive. Search our catalog, or ask our Reference staff for assistance 978-921-6062 or

For questions regarding the program, please contact Katie at