Summer Sounds 2018

Wednesdays this summer, July 11 through August 22
Main Library, Winter Street Plaza, 6 – 7 PM
(Rain location: Sohier Room, ground floor)

“Summer Sounds,” our free outdoor concert series featuring local musicians, runs weekly at the main library through Wednesday, August 22.
PDF of Summer Sounds Schedule

Upcoming concerts:

July 11: LOVE LOVE TRIO, vocal-and-lyric-driven ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock.
July 18: JD DEBRIS & THE MELEE, art pop singer-songwriter and band mixing sharp hooks, Latin r&b rhythms, and jazzy experimentation.
July 25: BLUE PARROT, trio showcasing Scottish, French, French Canadian, and Irish tunes and songs.
August 1: ADRIENNE HOWARD & LINDA SWICKER, traditional music from Ireland, Quebec, France, and Appalachia.
August 8: NICK CONSONE & ELEANOR JANE, singer-songwriter duo, indie rock to soulful blues.
August 15: BOB KRAMER BAND, acoustic trio, blues/rock/roots with urban and jazz influences.
August 22: MOLLY PINTO MADIGAN, hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions of folk and traditional music.

“Summer Sounds” is sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

(Manage Your) Money for Nothing! Financial Literacy in Two Parts

piggy bank and coinsSohier Room, Main Library
Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 (Part One)
Saturday, September 22 at 2:30 (Part Two)

Confused about how to best manage your debt, grow savings, plan for retirement, protect your investments, and otherwise make the most of your money? Join us for a pair of Saturdays this September as we go over some strategies and resources designed to help you get your financial life in order!

On September 15, we’ll cover the nitty-gritty of credit and debt – how you can access free scores and reports, research the best cards and loans, and devise a game-plan for paying down balances.

On September 22, we’ll tackle the business of spending less (including couponing!), saving more, exploring investment options, and avoiding scams. Bring your questions, your confusions, and your curiosity!

Questions? Contact Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

Labor Day Hours

Labor DayThe main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, 2018.

A reminder that the main library is closed on Sundays, and the Farms branch is closed on Saturdays, through September. Extended weekend hours will resume in October. (The Farms branch is closed on Sundays year round.)

English Practice Group Volunteer Leader Training

raised handsFriday, September 7 at 11 AM
Fogg Room, Main Library

The library is looking for volunteers to help lead weekly English Practice Groups for adult English Language Learners that will be starting in mid-October. These groups will center around common American English expressions, grammatical curiosities, useful vocabulary, cultural references and a taste of American poetry.

This first session will be an informational and training session for volunteer leaders. Please bring a government issued ID for the CORI form required to volunteer at the library. Info: Martha at 978-921-6062, ext. 2119 or

Midterm Madness! Election Season Cinema

vote buttonSohier Room, Main Library
No registration required

Democracy is a not a spectator sport but it still makes for a fine show! Join us on select Friday afternoons in August through November as we filmatically explore politics in America. Free popcorn provided to eat (or throw at the screen)! Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

August 24 from 1-3 PM: Blue Collar (1978)

September 21 from 1-3:30 PM: All the President’s Men (1976)

October 12 from 1-3:15 PM: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

November 16 from 1-3 PM: Election (1999)

Free and open to adults. Light refreshments provided. Info: Matthew at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2143.

New Museum Pass: Historic Beverly

historic beverly logoLooking for something fun to do this summer, right here in town? Historic Beverly has generously donated a museum pass, now offered at the main library. The pass admits up to four people free of charge to one of the three houses (John Cabot House, Balch House, or Hale Farm) of your choosing. Children under 16 are admitted for free. Learn about Beverly’s unique history by visiting these historic properties. Reserve the pass online, call us at 978-921-6062, or in person at the Circulation desk. Have your library card handy.

Digital ‘New York Times’ Now Available

The Beverly Public Library now offers patrons FREE digital access to the New York Times from the library and at home (remote) access for Beverly residents. You will be granted full electronic access to all sections of the daily newspaper including videos, podcasts, multimedia and photos. Patrons also have full access to the Spanish and Mandarin editions. Other features include market data charts, indexes and interactive tools.

For remote access, simply visit our Digital Collection page with your library card number and Password/PIN, redeem the access code, and log in or create a free account. When your 72 hour access time period has ended, simply redeem another code. Digital New York Times access is available for all patrons inside the library, no library card needed!

For more information call 978-921-6062 and speak to a Reference librarian.