NEW! Christian Robinson Prints

The walls of the Children’s Room are vibrant and playful with a new collection of Christian Robinson prints. Illustrator and author, Christian Robinson grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother in Los Angeles. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He illustrated Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. His solo projects include Another, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019, and the uplifting and inclusive picture book, You Matter.

We invite you to visit the Children’s Room to see this wonderful new artwork!

BIPOC Voices

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Voices is a book discussion group intended to encourage an understanding of systemic racism, privilege, and biases to help disrupt racial inequalities and racism. Together the group will foster knowledge, empathy and understanding of the experiences, identities and history of people in the BIPOC community. We will explore these titles through an anti-racism lens to allow for open and honest conversations in a safe, respectful environment.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Wednesday, June 16 at 7 PM
Beverly Common
(Rain date: June 23. Bring a blanket or beach chair!)
This title is geared to teens, but all ages are welcome.

When an innocent attempt to help his ex turns into a run in with a cop and a night spent in handcuffs, Justyce turns to Martin Luther King, Jr. to attempt to make sense of the world and his place in it. When faced with one of the most challenging moments of his life, how will asking “What would Martin do?” help Justyce navigate being a young black man in America?

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Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Wednesday, July 21 at 7 PM
Beverly Common
(Rain date: July 28. Bring a blanket or beach chair!)
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

Donte, who has darker skin than his brother, experiences more racism than his brother at their private middle school, facing intolerance and injustice from school administrators and some students. Will Donte find empowerment through fencing at the local Boys and Girls Club?

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Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen

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

This title is geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.

In this honest and intimate memoir, Sharmila Sen recounts her experience of growing up in America after moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts from India at the age of 12. Through this lens, we can explore what it means to be white and how the concept of race shapes the American experience.

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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Wednesday, September 15 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.

American Born Chinese is the tale of three seemingly separate characters, Jin Wang, the only Chinese-American student at his school; the Monkey King, a character from one of China’s oldest fables; and Chin-Kee, a startling and larger-than-life Chinese stereotype come to life, who seems determined to ruin his cousin’s life. Their stories come together in unexpected ways to show the importance of being comfortable in your own skin.

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Wednesday, October 20 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

Ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel where she lives and her immigrant parents clean the rooms. Her parents also hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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BIPOC Voices is a partnership between Abu Toppin, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Beverly, and the Beverly Public Library.

Children’s Books Celebrating AAPI Voices & Stories

We invite you to explore these wonderful children’s books created by AAPI authors and illustrators.

Past Book Lists

Updike Donation

Michael Updike, son of John Updike, and his wife visited the Farms branch library on the morning of April 13 to donate some items of his late father’s. John Updike lived near the library for many years and visited often. Read more about these pieces of literary history in this Salem News article.

Story Time Room Renovation

We have a story to tell! Our story time room has been renovated from top to bottom thanks to a generous donation by the Flynn Family Foundation. Every part of the story time room is now refreshed from the bright blue hues of the new carpet to the crisp nautical theme on the walls. Stories, songs, rhymes and more will abound in our beautiful new story time room! Check out this slideshow of before and after photos.