A Fond Farewell to Kate!

Kate Ingalls
Image: cropped pastel, ‘Library Ladies’ by Johanna Bohoy, 2016
Kate Ingalls, the Head of the Beverly Farms Branch Library for 22 years, will be retiring this month. Kate has been the heart and soul of the Farms Branch for the past two decades, and she will be greatly missed by members of the Beverly Farms community, her fellow employees and all the friends she has made over the years in Beverly. To help give Kate a great send-off and to honor her contribution to the library, please join us for an open house and reception on Thursday, January 24 from 6-8 PM at the Beverly Farms Branch Library.

January 17: Save Room for Pie!

apple piePie Potluck & Story Sharing
Thursday, January 17 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

No registration required
Warm up your winter with some great food and lots of fun at the library’s celebration of National Pie Day. Bring the whole family to our pie potluck and story sharing with local storyteller Tony Toledo.

Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day takes place annually in January and is dedicated to the celebration of pie. Bring a store-bought or homemade pie to share, then enjoy a slice or two after Tony leads the group in swapping favorite pie stories. Story sharing begins at 7 PM, then it’s time to eat pie from 7:45 – 8:15. The program concludes at 8:30 PM. Dessert, pizza, or dinner pie – any kind of pie is welcome!

Free and open to all. Questions? Contact ridenour@noblenet.org.

2018 Staff Picks

Looking for a good book? The staff of the Beverly Public Library are pleased to share their favorite books of 2018. You’ll find a variety of genres including true crime, memoir, short stories, horror, black humor, and even a sweet children’s book that can speak to all ages. This year, several staff members chose the same titles, with Educated by Tara Westover and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi garnering multiple votes. Check out our handy list to read summaries and request our favorites online!

December/January Art

fitzroy alexander by mark chester photograph“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans” by Mark Chester
December 5 – January 2019
Sohier Room, Main Library

This month the main library welcomes an exhibit by photographer Mark Chester. This exhibit of inspirational portraits offers a moving display of newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth. Copies of Mark Chester’s book, The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape—Photographs of New Americans, will be distributed to Massachusetts schools, libraries, and community organizations supporting the mission of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others. For more information visit www.markchesterphotography.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress.

Hoopla is Here!

hooplaWe are excited to announce hoopla digital, a new digital media service where you can access over half a million titles, in six different formats: movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics.

Hoopla launches for Beverly residents on November 1. Visit www.hoopladigital.com or download the hoopla digital app from the Apple or Google Play store to your mobile device. Use your library card number to create an account and you’re ready to go. Borrow up to 5 titles per month! Questions? Contact the Reference department at 978-921-6062.