January/February Art Exhibit

Festivals and Folklore of Trinidad, West Indies by Indra Persad Milowe

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This month we welcome an exhibit of paintings by Indra Persad Milowe, a Trinidad born visual artist living and working in Salem, MA. She states, “My works bring to life many of my childhood memories of growing up in Trinidad, West Indies in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I decided to go back to art during my retirement, I prefer working on canvas with multicoloured and gold acrylic paints.” Visit her website.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, when community meetings or library programs are not in progress. Find it in the Sohier Room.

Two New Museum Passes

Your library card is your ticket to explore this winter! The main library now has the Trustees of Reservations GO Pass available to reserve and use at many Trustees properties. These include properties of scenic historic and ecological value, and includes the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

We also have the Wenham Museum pass. Wenham Museum celebrates the treasures of childhood and New England family life across four centuries with emphasis on the North Shore. Learn more and reserve your pass on our Museum Pass page, or call us at 978-921-6062 (6066 for the Farms).

2021 Staff Picks

Looking for a great book? The staff of the Beverly Public Library are pleased to share their favorite books of 2021. You’ll find a variety of genres and formats including memoirs, poetry, science fiction, picture books, and more! Check out our handy list to read summaries and request our favorites.

Between two kingdoms : a memoir of a life interrupted by Jaouad, Suleika.
The book of magic by Hoffman, Alice
Everyone knows your mother is a witch by Galchen, Rivka
Klara and the sun by Ishiguro, Kazuo
Once there were wolves : a novel by McConaghy, Charlotte
The last night in London by White, Karen
Nightbitch by Yoder, Rachel
The galaxy, and the ground within by Chambers, Becky
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America by Smith, Clint
Baggage : tales from a fully packed life by Cumming, Alan
Everyday mojo songs of Earth : new and selected poems, 2001-2021 by Komunyakaa, Yusef
Shy Willow by Min, Cat
Calvin by Ford, Ronald Martin,  Jr.
Ophie's ghosts by Ireland, Justina.
Firekeeper's daughter by Boulley, Angeline
Novel 11, book 18 by Solstad, Dag

Check Out New Tech in our Library of Things


We have an exciting new addition to our Library of Things: iPads! Our collection of twenty iPads come preloaded with curated apps for your enjoyment, customized by age level for adults, teens, and children. Curious about making art with Procreate? Always wanted to try reading an eBook, but didn’t have a device? Want your child to experience fun and educational apps selected by our children’s librarians? Request an iPad today, and enjoy it at home for up to three weeks.


Thanks to an initiative by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) the library has fifteen T-Mobile hotspots to lend to the community. Hotspots are available at all locations and circulate for three weeks. Borrowers must be 17 years or older. The MBLC Public Library Mobile Hotspot Lending Program is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and focuses on IMLS’ primary goal for these funds, digital inclusion.

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.

Movie and Discussion: 13th

Wednesday, February 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This movie is geared to adults, but all ages are welcome.

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Join us for a viewing followed by a discussion.

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Wednesday, March 16 at 2:45 PM
Beverly High School Library
This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.

“This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It’s for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves; because the color of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folks feel scared and threatened … This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.”

Find the book.

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Wednesday, April 13 at 3 PM
Beverly Middle School Library
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

This funny and thought-provoking graphic novel details Drew Ellis’ eighth-grade year as one of the few Black kids in a private suburban school. Drew wonders why he has to work “twice as hard to go half as far” as he navigates microaggressions and racial stereotyping from his classmates and teachers alike. This outstanding companion to New Kid will spark important conversations about race, class, identity, friendship, bullying and more.

Find the book.

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 Hispanic/Latinx Voices

Children’s Books Celebrating AAPI Voices & Stories

Children’s Books Celebrating Black Voices & Stories