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.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Wednesday, October 20 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

Ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel where she lives and her immigrant parents clean the rooms. Her parents also hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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The Book of Unknown American by Cristina Henriquez

Wednesday, November 17 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This title is geared to adults, but all ages are welcome.

Described by the New York Times Book Review as a novel that “illuminates the lives behind the current debates about Latino immigration,” this is the story of a family who leaves Mexico for the United States to find better care for their daughter, Maribel, after she suffers a terrible injury. The Book of Unknown Americans is a love story, and a family story, interwoven with testimonials of people who have come to the US from all over Latin America.

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Wednesday, December 15 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.

When the Cold War breaks out, Margarita is isolated from her family in Cuba and her mother becomes stateless. As the Cuban Missile Crisis looms and Cuba becomes the boogeyman, Margarita and her family struggle with the challenge of being people with two cultures and two worlds. Written with longing and celebration for a formerly inaccessible country, Enchanted Air is a childhood memoir that highlights the challenge of living in a land that doesn’t hold your heart.

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Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Wednesday, January 19 at 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

This striking collection of poetry by celebrated Cuban-American author, Margarita Engle, highlights the accomplishments of 18 Hispanics from a range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin each of whom made a positive and lasting impact on U.S. history. Engle’s first-person poems capture the essence of each individual and are perfectly paired with vibrant full page portraits by illustrator Rafael Lopez. Learn about Aida de Acosta the world’s first woman pilot, conservationist George Melendez Wright who became the first chief of the Wildlife Division for America’s national parks, Tito Puente who became known as the King of Latin Jazz, and many more amazing Hispanics.

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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

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.
  • 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!