“Read Your Favorite Poem” Event

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

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 in early March for announcements about special guest readers, and 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.)

The “Read Your Favorite Poem” event is being sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club and the Beverly Public Library.

January 16: Save Room for Pie!

sliced apple pie

Pie Potluck & Story Sharing
Thursday, January 16 from 7-8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
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 PM. 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.

January 22: Critical Thinking about Climate Change

Critical Thinking about Climate Change
Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Feeling confused or helpless about climate change? Join Kevin O’Reilly, representing Citizens’ Climate Lobby, for an illustrated presentation on the causes of climate change, its effects on coastal communities such as Beverly, and possible policy actions in Massachusetts to reduce greenhouse gases. There will be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Kevin is a retired history teacher from Hamilton-Wenham who has written 29 books on critical thinking and decision making in history. He has lived in Beverly for 39 years, and has been involved in climate change lobbying for about 10 years. Free and open to all. Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org.

Digital Audiobooks Class

Digital Audiobooks
Tuesday, January 21 at 10 AM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Digital audiobooks can bring stories and their characters to life and are great for people on the go. They allow you to listen directly from your phone or other portable device. This hands on class will teach you the basics of digital audiobooks using Libby and hoopla. You will learn how to search for books, check them out, and listen to them with your personal device. Questions? Contact Lisa at 978-921-6062, ext. 2120 or ryan@noblenet.org.


January 24: Fury Road

mad max fury road dvd cover

Beverly Film Society Presents: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Friday, January 24 from 1-3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening of the film hordes of critics have crowned the best movie of the 2010s. See if you don’t agree that George Miller’s headlong rush into ultravivid apocalypse strikes just the right note on which to launch the 2020s!

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

January Art: Ron LeBrasseur

Art gallery

In January the main library is hosting an exhibit by cartoonist Ron LeBrasseur in the Sohier Room. Ron has been a published cartoonist since his comic strip “Void If Removed” (co-created with Peter Phelan) appeared in the Lynn, MA Daily Evening Item back in 1986. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours and when meetings or library programs are not in progress.