September 18: Author Talk with John Young

Wednesday, September 18 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a reading and author talk by John Young, author of When the Coin is in the Air. In this coming-of-age novel and a narrative of a family in conflict, John Young tells the story of Jason Blake as he tries to find his place in the world in the aftermath of an upbringing surrounded by  domestic violence and uncertainty. After leaving the Midwest he travels to Massachusetts and Europe, looking to get away from his family and the danger that is always close by. A suspenseful story filled with tragedy, humor and pathos, come hear John Young talk about how he and his character ended up settling in the North Shore.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Questions? Contact Anna Langstaff 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

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 Art

FLUX by Ned Connors
Sohier Room, Main Library

This month the main library welcomes a collection of paintings of “what has been and what has yet to be” by Montserrat grad Ned Connors. You can view his work on his website or on Instagram. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Bethlehem painting by Ned Connors
Bethlehem by Ned Connors

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.

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 26: Banned Book Discussion

Book Discussion of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Thursday, September 26 from 7-8:30 PM

Fogg Room, Main Library

In honor of Banned Book Week, join us for a book discussion of one of the most challenged books in the US. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie has been on the list of most frequently challenged titles 7 times in the past 9 years. Let’s talk about that!

Discussion titles are available at the Circulation Desk. They may also be available on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive. Search our catalog, or ask our Reference staff for assistance 978-921-6062 or

For questions regarding the program, please contact Katie at

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

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

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