September 12: Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times

Thursday, September 12* from 7-8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

*Please note date change
We are living in a time that feels often confusing and stressful.  People are more anxious and there is often a struggle to find ways to stay positive and true to our inner core. Join Eileen Carlotto, as she demonstrates how incorporating meditation in our lives can be the change that can make a big difference in our lives and the lives of others. Participants will be guided through a first-hand personal experience of meditation.

Eileen Carlotto
Eileen Carlotto is a middle-school art teacher, author, and illustrator. With 35 years meditation experience to draw on, Eileen offers workshops on various aspects of meditation and spirituality. Eileen has studied under a world renowned meditation teacher and been to India many times to deepen her practice and share this technique with others.

Eileen demonstrates how, in the middle of a jam-packed, daily schedule, you can integrate your meditation practice into your own busy life.

Questions? Contact Katie at 978-921-6062, ext. 2122 or

Sept. 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! 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

Sewing Made Simple

Saturdays, August 3 & 10 | Barnet Gallery
Saturdays, August 17 & 24 | Sohier Room
9:30-10:30 AM

Registration required

Join us for some fabric fun! This four week session will start with hand sewing and take us to machine basics. Dust off that sewing machine and let’s get to work!

Week one will involve sewing buttons, repairing loose hems, and seam splits. We’ll also cut out part of week two’s sewing project.
Week two – It’s time to bring in the machine! We’ll review basic machine mechanics, threading and bobbin winding, and begin sewing!
Week three and four, we’ll sew some projects!

You’ll need to bring a hand sewing needle and good fabric shears for week one. The following weeks, bring your machine, thread, shears and necessary fabric. Make sure you have all the parts for your sewing machine!

Lessons will be cumulative and registration is required. Please register online, at the Reference Desk or by calling 978-921-6062. For adults 18+.

Questions? Contact Deb at

August 5: Cheese Tasting

Monday, August 5 from 6-8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

If the Moon is made out of green cheese, then we better taste some! In honor of the summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,” we have embraced the rumors about the Moon! Learn about cheese pairings from Emmy Frye, Banquet Chef at the Hawthorne Hotel, and try some delicious cheese. Registration required.

Questions? Contact Katie at

English Practice Groups

word cloud with welcome in many languagesFridays from 11 – 11:45 AM
Fogg Room, Main Library

This group for English language learners of all levels meets every week. Local volunteers provide a welcoming and relaxed environment. Join us to improve your speaking confidence and meet other adults who are learning English.

For more information please contact Allison at 978-921-6062, ext. 2118 or

Digitized Historical Newspapers

Saturday Morning Citizen, July 5, 1913
Saturday Morning Citizen, July 5, 1913
We are pleased to announce that the library has begun to digitize our historical Beverly newspapers. Early editions of the Beverly Citizen and Beverly Evening Times are now available from the Beverly History and Genealogy page. Research the Beverly Evening Times from 1893-1898, the Beverly Citizen from 1851-1901, and the Saturday Morning Citizen from 1901-1918. Articles can be searched, downloaded, cropped, highlighted, tagged, and printed. Questions? Contact Lisa at