Alice’s Ordinary People

alice tregayThursday, March 14 from 7-8:45 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening of Alice’s Ordinary People with filmmaker Craig Dudnick and learn about Alice Tregay’s contribution to American history. Alice Tregay is an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement. Her five decades of fearless activism span the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. Her story is a story of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change for human rights. Info: Ona at

English Practice Groups

word cloud with welcome in many languagesFridays from 11 – 11:45 AM
Fogg Room, Main Library
Attention Adult English Language Learners of all levels! The library offers a weekly English Practice Group. These free gatherings, lead by local volunteers, center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, and cultural references.

For more information please contact Allison at 978-921-6062, ext. 2118 or

Introducing hoopla

hooplaFriday, February 15 at 10 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Please join us for a demonstration of a new digital media service the library is providing for Beverly residents. Hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and TV shows that you can enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan at

December/January Art

fitzroy alexander by mark chester photograph“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans” by Mark Chester
December 5 – January 2019
Sohier Room, Main Library

This month the main library welcomes an exhibit by photographer Mark Chester. This exhibit of inspirational portraits offers a moving display of newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth. Copies of Mark Chester’s book, The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape—Photographs of New Americans, will be distributed to Massachusetts schools, libraries, and community organizations supporting the mission of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others. For more information visit The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Hoopla is Here!

hooplaWe are excited to announce hoopla digital, a new digital media service where you can access over half a million titles, in six different formats: movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics.

Hoopla launches for Beverly residents on November 1. Visit or download the hoopla digital app from the Apple or Google Play store to your mobile device. Use your library card number to create an account and you’re ready to go. Borrow up to 5 titles per month! Questions? Contact the Reference department at 978-921-6062.