Dec. 12: Cookbook Club

Thursday, December 12 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 December 12.

Registration opens on November 12. Registration is required to pick up the mystery ingredient. One mystery ingredient per household.

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

Friends’ Members Only Book Sale Preview

Members of the Friends of the Beverly Public Library are invited to a preview of the annual Friends’ Fall Book Sale on Friday, November 15 from 6 – 8 PM. It’s a wonderful chance to socialize and seek books in a relaxed setting. Regular book sale prices will apply: $2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Free refreshments will be provided.

Not yet a member of the Friends? No problem! You can join or renew at the door. Memberships start at $15. Cash and checks accepted – sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Please contact Allison at 978-921-6062, ext. 2118 or

November 2: Author Talk: Michael McGowan

Saturday, November 2 at 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join author Michael McGowan as he takes us through his storied career, as chronicled in his book Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.

In Ghost, an extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs. He takes on biker gangs and contract killers, all while challenging corrupt unions, and eventually El Chapo himself.

Copper Dog Books will be on hand with books available for purchase. Questions? Contact Katie at Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Meet Your City

Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a series of discussions with political and community leaders as they share what they do and answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8 PM

  • Kelley Ferretti, Ward 2 School Committee
  • Sue Gabriel, Executive Director Beverly Bootstraps
  • Paul Guanci, City Council President
  • John G. LeLacheur, Chief of Police
  • Estelle Rand, Ward 2 City Councilor

Friday, October 11 from 2-4 PM

  • Catherine Barrett, Director of Grants
  • Abby Battis, Assoc. Director for Collections at Historic Beverly
  • Aaron Clausen, Director, Planning and Community Development
  • Kris Silverstein, School Committee President

Wednesday, October 16 from 3-5 PM

  • Rachael Abell, Ward 1 School Committee Secretary
  • Julie Flowers, City Councilor At-Large
  • John Frates, Ward 6 City Councilor (Council Vice President)
  • Gin Wallace, Executive Director at Beverly Main Streets

Friday, October 25 from 2-3 PM

  • Mayor Michael P. Cahill

Questions? Contact Katie at

October 23: 1918 H1N1 Pandemic: The Unknown Killer

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

It has been just over 100 years since the 1918 H1N1 pandemic. Little is known about this tragic outbreak that infected over one third of the world’s population. This discussion will bring some awareness to the events that helped shape epidemiology and the public health care system as we know it today. What actually happened? How many died? Can it happen again? Why do so few know about this? Join us as Rich Fecteau takes us through this disturbing tale of the past and cautionary tale for the future. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Special October Hours

Fall is approaching, and that means that our weekend hours will resume. Sunday hours at the main library (1 – 5 PM) will resume on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Saturday hours at the Farms branch (10 AM – 5 PM) will resume on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays. Expanded weekend hours will continue until Memorial Day 2020.

Additionally, both library locations will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 for the Columbus Day holiday.

October 18: Us

Beverly Film Society Presents: Us
Friday, October 18 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Get Out-director Jordan Peele, back with a second exercise in politically charged horror, doubles down on the strangeness for a home invasion film in which the enemy is…us?

Free and open to adults. Free popcorn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.