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.

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen

Wednesday, August 18 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

This title is geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.

In this honest and intimate memoir, Sharmila Sen recounts her experience of growing up in America after moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts from India at the age of 12. Through this lens, we can explore what it means to be white and how the concept of race shapes the American experience.

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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Wednesday, September 15 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.

American Born Chinese is the tale of three seemingly separate characters, Jin Wang, the only Chinese-American student at his school; the Monkey King, a character from one of China’s oldest fables; and Chin-Kee, a startling and larger-than-life Chinese stereotype come to life, who seems determined to ruin his cousin’s life. Their stories come together in unexpected ways to show the importance of being comfortable in your own skin.

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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?

Find the book.

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 AAPI Voices & Stories

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

Past Book Lists

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.