Meet Your City

Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a series of discussions with political and community leaders as they share what they do and answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8 PM

  • Kelley Ferretti, Ward 2 School Committee
  • Sue Gabriel, Executive Director Beverly Bootstraps
  • Paul Guanci, City Council President
  • John G. LeLacheur, Chief of Police
  • Estelle Rand, Ward 2 City Councilor

Friday, October 11 from 2-4 PM

  • Catherine Barrett, Director of Grants
  • Abby Battis, Assoc. Director for Collections at Historic Beverly
  • Aaron Clausen, Director, Planning and Community Development
  • Kris Silverstein, School Committee President

Wednesday, October 16 from 3-5 PM

  • Rachael Abell, Ward 1 School Committee Secretary
  • Julie Flowers, City Councilor At-Large
  • John Frates, Ward 6 City Councilor (Council Vice President)
  • Gin Wallace, Executive Director at Beverly Main Streets

Friday, October 25 from 2-3 PM

  • Mayor Michael P. Cahill

Questions? Contact Katie at

Special October Hours

Fall is approaching, and that means that our weekend hours will resume. Sunday hours at the main library (1 – 5 PM) will resume on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Saturday hours at the Farms branch (10 AM – 5 PM) will resume on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The Farms branch is always closed on Sundays. Expanded weekend hours will continue until Memorial Day 2020.

Additionally, both library locations will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 for the Columbus Day holiday.

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 18: Us

Beverly Film Society Presents: Us
Friday, October 18 at 1 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Get Out-director Jordan Peele, back with a second exercise in politically charged horror, doubles down on the strangeness for a home invasion film in which the enemy is…us?

Free and open to adults. Free popcorn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

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.

Lucky Day Collection

We are excited to announce a new collection of popular titles. Don’t want to wait for that new James Patterson or Nora Roberts novel? Stop by and check out the Lucky Day collection. Items are available in person only, first-come, first-served. No holds can be placed on these items. Lucky Day titles have a three week loan period with no renewals. Today could be your lucky day! Questions? Contact Lisa at