December and January Holiday Hours

gingerbread treePlease note the main library and the Farms branch hours for the Christmas holiday:

Monday, December 24, 2018: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 25, 2018: CLOSED

Both locations will resume normal hours on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Main library and Farms branch hours for the New Year holiday:

Monday, December 31, 2018: Closing at 4 PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2019: CLOSED

Both locations will resume normal hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Jan. 11: Selma

Friday, January 11 from 1 – 3:15 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening of Selma in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Selma is Ava DuVernay’s powerful cinematic retelling of a seminal moment in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and the civil rights movement. Starring David Oyelowo.

Popcorn and light refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Library. Free and open to adults. Info: Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

January 17: Save Room for Pie!

apple piePie Potluck & Story Sharing
Thursday, January 17 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

No registration required
Warm up your winter with some great food and lots of fun at the library’s celebration of National Pie Day. Bring the whole family to our pie potluck and story sharing with local storyteller Tony Toledo.

Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day takes place annually in January and is dedicated to the celebration of pie. Bring a store-bought or homemade pie to share, then enjoy a slice or two after Tony leads the group in swapping favorite pie stories. Story sharing begins at 7 PM, then it’s time to eat pie from 7:45 – 8:15. The program concludes at 8:30 PM. Dessert, pizza, or dinner pie – any kind of pie is welcome!

Free and open to all. Questions? Contact

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.

English Practice Groups

word cloud with welcome in many languagesFridays from 11 – 11:45 AM starting October 19 (no meeting on November 23)
Fogg Room, Main Library
No registration required

Attention Adult English Language Learners of all levels! The library is now offering 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 Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or

Call for Artists

rainbow paint brushes on blank canvasAre you an artist looking for free public display space, or do you know someone who is? The main library is currently seeking artists to fill our 2019-2020 exhibit schedule. Exhibits run for one month in the library’s Sohier Room. The space is best suited to two-dimensional works. Artists may exhibit individually, or with another artist or group. Please read the library’s Art Exhibit Policy. If interested, please contact Ona at