December 20: Bad Santa

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Beverly Film Society Presents: Bad Santa
Friday, December 20 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

‘Tis the season for yuletide larceny! Morose mall Santa and serial thief Billy Bob Thornton meets his match in a tenacious security guard … and discovers the true meaning of Christmas? (Caution: a lot of foul language.)

Free and open to adults. Free popcorn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Questions? Contact Matthew at

December Art: “Living Color” by Sheila Alden

painting by Sheila Alden
Surprise! Painting by Sheila Alden. Image courtesy of the artist.

This month, the main library is hosting an exhibit by Sheila Alden. Sheila has been creating art since she could pick up a pencil. She loves experimenting with mediums including oils, oil pastels, acrylics, and watercolors as well as rendering intricate pencil and ink drawings. An advocate of computers and technology, she is a skillful fine art digital photographer, graphic designer, and creates digital art. Her love of life, animals, and nature are reflected in her bold artwork. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours and when meetings or library programs are not in progress.

January 16: Save Room for Pie!

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Pie Potluck & Story Sharing
Thursday, January 16 from 7-8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
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 PM. 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

January 22: Critical Thinking about Climate Change

Critical Thinking about Climate Change
Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Feeling confused or helpless about climate change? Join Kevin O’Reilly, representing Citizens Climate Lobby, for an illustrated presentation on the causes of climate change, its effects on coastal communities such as Beverly, and possible policy actions in Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gases. There will be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Kevin is a retired history teacher from Hamilton-Wenham who has written 29 books on critical thinking and decision making in history. He has lived in Beverly for 39 years, and has been involved in climate change lobbying for about 10 years. Free and open to all. Questions? Contact Ona at

Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier

Thanks to a generous donor, the library has acquired a Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier. This easy to use machine can assist you in seeing printed type, pictures, handwriting and other small details. Just place an item on the moveable reading table, adjust the magnification level and display colors, and documents will display in large size on the screen. This new machine is located on the second floor of the library. Anyone can use it. For help, ask a Reference librarian.

English Practice Groups

word cloud with welcome in many languagesFridays from 11 – 11:45 AM
Fogg Room, Main Library

This group for English language learners of all levels meets every week. Local volunteers provide a welcoming and relaxed environment. Join us to improve your speaking confidence and meet other adults who are learning English.

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