December Holiday Hours

Christmas Hours

Tuesday, December 24: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED

New Year Hours

Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Closing at 4 PM
Wednesday, January 1, 2020: CLOSED

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

All locations will resume normal hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Introducing: YA Book Club

Wednesday, January 8 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Are you a fan of young adult literature? Whether you are a young adult or young at heart, join us for a new monthly book discussion group. Our inaugural book will be Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk. They may also be available on CD, or as a digital audiobook or eBook via OverDrive or hoopla. Questions? Contact Katie at

January 11: It Takes a Village Baby Fair

It Takes a Village Baby Fair
Saturday, January 11 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Sohier Room and Barnet Gallery, Main Library

We would like to welcome new and expectant parents to our baby fair. Join us for baby wearing lessons, baby yoga demonstration, and more. We will also have local businesses and organizations who are excited to share a wide variety of resources. Questions? Contact Kate at

Interested in being a vendor at our baby fair? Submit an application.

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

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

Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier

Thanks to a generous donor, the library has acquired a Topaz Desktop Video Magnifier. This easy to use machine can assist you in seeing printed type, pictures, handwriting and other small details. Just place an item on the moveable reading table, adjust the magnification level and display colors, and documents will display in large size on the screen. This new machine is located on the second floor of the library. Anyone can use it. For help, ask a Reference librarian.

Special November Hours

Veterans Day

The main library and the Farms branch will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The main library will re-open at 9 AM and the Farms branch at 10 AM on Tuesday, November 12.



  • Wednesday, November 27: 9 AM – 6 PM (early closing)
  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED


  • Wednesday, November 27: 10 AM – 6 PM (regular Wednesday hours)
  • Thursday, November 28: CLOSED

Both locations will resume normal hours on Friday, November 29.