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.

National Friends of Libraries Week

The Beverly Public Library will be spending the week of October 20-26, 2019, celebrating its Friends of the Beverly Public Library group as part of the 13th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Beverly Public Library was established in 1975 and have raised over $25,000 each year for the library. Currently over 350 community members contribute annually to the Friends, raising funds for the Monday Mornings lecture series, Summer Sounds concert series, children and teen summer reading events, all ages crafting programs, museum passes, the Teen Annual Poetry Contest, and much more.

“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Thalia Lewandowski. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!” Other officers of the Friends are Amy Whelan, Andrea Connor and Maria Decker.

“The Friends of the Beverly Public Library play a critical role in supporting the mission of the library,” said library director Anna Langstaff. “We couldn’t do all that we do without the financial support of the Friends. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.” 

Please visit our support page to find out how to become a member of the Friends.

October 17: Ghost Stories of New England

Thursday, October 17 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Get in the Halloween spirit! Join Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films for this haunting mixed-media presentation of his experiences filming the show Ghost Stories of New England. Curious about paranormal activity? Come see clips of local ghost tales, including explicit video of ghosts seen and recorded at Gettysburg. Free and open to adults. Questions? Contact Ona at

October 7: Beverly and the Salem Witch Scare

Michael Cormier
Author Michael Cormier

Monday, October 7 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Beverly Public Library is excited to partner with Historic Beverly to welcome Michael Cormier, author of the new play Saltonstall’s Trial (running at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre from October 17-27), for a presentation that will cover the infamous witch trials from a local point of view.

Beverly’s historic connection to the witch trials is rich and complex, and Cormier will explore the ways in which names like Hale, Herrick, Rootes and Tookey figured into the tragedy that took more than twenty lives and ruined countless others. This is a rare opportunity to hear the story behind the hysteria through the eyes and minds of Beverly’s forefathers.

Michael Cormier, a Haverhill native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University. He visited Salem at age 12 and has been fascinated with its history ever since. In 2016, Cormier decided the time had come to tell the story of one of the witch trials’ unsung heroes, Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill. Saltonstall was the only judge brave enough to quit the witch court in protest and become a vocal opponent of the trials.

There will be time for a Q&A after the presentation. Free and open to adults. Questions? Contact Ona at

CANCELLED: September 26: Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy

Dugie Russell with chicken of the woods
Dugie Russell with “Chicken of the Woods” mushroom. Courtesy of Dugie Russell.

This event is CANCELLED, we will try to reschedule soon!

Thursday, September 26 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find wild edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore? We’re in the middle of mushroom hunting season, the perfect time to learn how to forage this nutritious and delicious food source.

Join Beverly’s own Dugie Russell, to learn his secrets for locating potential mushroom hot-spots on the North Shore. A mushroom hunter for over 40 years, Dugie will address the identification of edible mushrooms, point out poisonous fungi to be avoided, and relate other facts, tips and anecdotes. All in his incomparable style that’s fun as well as informative! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Free and open to adults. Questions? Contact Ona at

Learn more about Dugie and his upcoming BevCam show “Dugie Russell, Beverly’s Renaissance Man” in this edition of North Shore Journal.

September 20: Woman at War

woman at war movie posterBeverly Film Society Presents: Woman at War
Friday, September 20 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Follow the high-tension, high-stakes exploits of an eccentric Icelandic choir-master … who happens to spend her spare time doubling as an eco-terrorist!
Free and open to adults, with free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program. Questions? Contact Matthew at

September 20: Art & History of the Library Walking Tour

The Thorn marble sculpture
“The Thorn” by Italian artist Cesare Fantacchiotti.

Friday, September 20 at 10 AM
Meets at Reference Desk, Main Library

Join Reference Librarian Lisa Ryan for a tour of the Beverly Public Library’s building and grounds to discuss its art and history. Learn about the prints of Will Barnet, the Social Library, original architecture, special collections, and lots more. Questions? Contact Lisa Ryan, Head of Reference, at