Library Closure: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All locations are closed until further notice and all events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please check the City’s website for more information about City services and updates.

Check our one-stop page for services that are available during this closure.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources:

FAQs

Please email us at bev@noblenet.org. Staff is available to answer your questions.

We are posting updates, activities, and online resources on facebook and twitter. And you can join our email list for news. Remember, we are always open online.

Please keep any books, DVDs and other materials currently checked out until the library reopens. There will be no penalties and the library does not charge fines. The book drops at both the main library and Farms branch are closed at this time.

Not at this time. Your holds will be waiting for you when we reopen.

Many library services are not shut down. We offer numerous digital services that card holders can enjoy remotely. Now is the time to get familiar with our digital collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks, streaming video and music, magazines and newspapers, and more. We are increasing our online services, including eBooks, movies, audiobooks, and other information resources.

Check our new one-stop page too. We’re actively adding new content to highlight remote services.

To apply for a library card, complete this form and a staff member will be in touch with you.

Our WiFi extends outdoors. Please feel free to sit outside or park in our lot to use the Wifi. Be sure to follow appropriate social distancing guidelines by staying six feet away from others.

Many museums have closed and we have suspended museum pass reservations.

We’re Fine Free!

Effective February 1, 2020 the Beverly Public Library will eliminate overdue fines for materials borrowed at the main library, Farms branch, and the Bookmobile, and waive any previous overdue fines. The library will continue to issue due date reminders as well as overdue notifications and borrowers still need to return their books in a timely manner. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if an item is not returned within 6 weeks after the due date. The library will still charge for lost or damaged materials.

Why get rid of overdue fines?

  • The elimination of overdue fines is a growing trend among many libraries in the United States, including many local libraries such as Danvers, Hamilton-Wenham, Andover, Reading, Wakefield, and Newburyport. Both large and small libraries recognize that eliminating fines removes barriers to access for everyone in the community.
  • Libraries see an increase in usage when fines are eliminated. That’s what we want, more people using the library!
  • The Beverly Public Library is committed to equal access, overdue fines disproportionately affect low income families and those on fixed incomes. Eliminating overdue fines will remove economic barriers and promote equal access. 
  • There is no evidence that fines result in more timely returns. Research shows that when fines are eliminated, library circulation and return rates increase.
  • Beverly patrons check out thousands of eBooks and digital audiobooks per year. There are no fines for digital materials, which creates inequality between those who borrow physical materials and those who borrow digital materials. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does fine free begin?
Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Will overdue fines be waived on ALL materials?
Yes.

How does the library get people to return borrowed materials without charging fines?
We will continue to issue due date reminders as well as overdue notifications. Borrowers still need to return their items in a timely manner. If an item is not returned within 6 weeks after the due date, borrowing privileges will be suspended. The library will still charge for lost or damaged materials.

I don’t mind paying fines, how can I help the library?
We encourage donations to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Will I be charged overdue fines for items owned by other NOBLE libraries?
Materials that are checked out and returned to the Beverly Public Library, Farms branch, and Bookmobile will not accrue fines, regardless of where the material came from within NOBLE.

New! Adult Handicraft Group

Adult Handicraft has been CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

handicraft projects

Adult Handicraft Group
Sohier Room, Main Library

Crafters, please join us for our drop-in handicraft group! Adult handicraft group meets the second Saturday of each month. Open to all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters, and share ideas. No instruction provided. Ages 16+ welcome. Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org.

Upcoming groups, Saturdays from 1 – 3:30 PM
March 14 – CANCELLED
April 11 – CANCELLED

CANCELLED: March 19: Special Cookbook Club

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Thursday, March 19 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a special Cookbook Club. We are taking a culinary tour of South Korea. Browse one of our cookbooks or find a delicious delicacy to cook and share.  

There is no mystery ingredient for this program, let’s explore Korea together. Share your dish at the library on March 19.

Questions? Please contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org  or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

What is cookbook club?
Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

Special Cookbook Club Guidelines

Please cook, bake, or make something Korean inspired and bring it to Cookbook Club on March 19 at 6 PM. Please bring serving utensils and a single copy of your recipe including all of the ingredients you used. We will collect the recipes and share them with the group via email after the program. Food should be brought ready to eat. Please make enough to share with the group but remember that people will only be trying a taste, or two, of each dish! In the interest of the environment, if you would like to bring reusable plates, bowls, and cutlery, please feel free. No pressure, though. The library will have paper products available. If you would like to swap leftovers, you are welcome to bring a food storage container as well.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

CANCELLED: March 20: The Host

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Beverly Film Society Presents: The Host
Friday, March 20 from 1 – 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Come out and attach yourself to a free screening of The Host, the terrifically entertaining monster movie that earned Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho his early reputation as South Korea’s Steven Spielberg!

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

CANCELLED: March 25: Hester Fox Author Talk

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Author Hester Fox

Wednesday, March 25 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

We are excited to partner with Historic Beverly for a talk with local author Hester Fox, author of The Widow of Pale Harbor, The Witch of Willow Hall, and the forthcoming The Orphan of Cemetery Hill. Hester will be discussing her works, her writing process, local inspirations, and the publishing process for those looking to get into the industry. Free and open to all. Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org

CANCELLED: “Read Your Favorite Poem” Event

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Tell us your favorite poem! You may get the chance to read it at a free public event on Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM in the Sohier Room.

Submit the name of your favorite poem, author, and briefly tell us why the poem has significant meaning to you. Your poem can be inspiring, sentimental, dramatic, classical, a sonnet, whimsical, even lyrical… as long as it is a poem that has been published in print at some point in time… but no limericks please.

Twelve to fifteen poems will be selected to be read. Each reader will receive a $10 gift card to Copper Dog Books, Cabot Street in Beverly. All entrants will be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Copper Dog Books plus a $25 gift card to neighboring Atomic Cafe at a single drawing to be held the night of the poetry readings.

The entry form is now open! ENTRY DEADLINE IS MARCH 14, 2020. Poem entrants selected to read will be notified on or about March 20.

Special guest readers Julie Flowers, Beverly Councilor at Large, and Tony Toledo, local storyteller, will read their favorite poems aloud at the event. Councilor Flowers will share Coconut by Paul Hostovsky. Toledo will share Pearl by Ted Kooser.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new and separate event from the Annual Teen Poetry event that will be held April 29.

Visit this page again on March 23 to see a list of invited readers.

About the Favorite Poem Project: The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997.

Entries will also be accepted via mail: Favorite Poem Reading, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly MA 01915. (Please include your name and telephone number.)

This event is being sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club and the Beverly Public Library.