CANCELLED: “Read Your Favorite Poem” Event

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

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

Special guest readers Julie Flowers, Beverly Councilor at Large, and Tony Toledo, local storyteller, will read their favorite poems aloud at the event. Councilor Flowers will share Coconut by Paul Hostovsky. Toledo will share Pearl by Ted Kooser.

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 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.)

This event is being sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club and the Beverly Public Library.

CANCELLED: Yoga at the Library

Yoga at the Library on March 29 and May 3 have been cancelled. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Yoga at the Library

Sundays, February 2, March 1 and 29, and May 3 from 3:30-4:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join registered yoga teacher Kelly Rusch as she takes us through a Vinyasa yoga class at the library. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Questions? Contact Katie at Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

February & March Art

Energy Portraits: What is moving through you? by Carla Orr
Sohier Room, Main Library

Artist’s Reception, Tuesday, February 18 from 7-8:30 PM

The Ladies Entrance energy portrait

In February and March, the main library is hosting an exhibit by Carla Orr. Carla taps into others’ energy and draws it out, creating energy portraits. She believes that there are many different ways for people to connect to themselves and to heal, and encourages all to explore their creative center. Some portraits on display will include the sitters’ description of their energy portrait experience. Orr resides in Beverly and offers arts and healing workshops at the Ladies Entrance Holistic Art Studio. Come meet Carla at our Artist’s Reception on Tuesday, February 18 from 7-8:30 PM. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours and when meetings or library programs are not in progress.

POSTPONED- 2020 Friends’ Spring Book Sale

In an effort to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),  we have decided to postpone the Friends’ Spring Book Sale. New date to be determined.

Our annual Friends of the Beverly Public Library Spring Book Sale takes place at the main library from Saturday, April 4 through Saturday, April 11 and is open daily during regular library hours.

In addition to books, a selection of music and movies will also be available. Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2, and all children’s books are 50 cents. Don’t miss this great opportunity to stock up on beach reads, and more!

All book sale proceeds benefit the library, including programs for all ages, library furnishings, and more. Questions? Please call our Reference staff at 978-921-6062 or email

English Practice Groups

word cloud with welcome in many languages

English Practice Group has been CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Fridays 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

March 12: Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation

Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety and their work. Doctors and medical practitioners are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness. We can make better decisions. Once we connect to a place of happiness and peace within us, we experience a reduction in our anxiety. Through meditation we can cope with the stresses of life. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace. Join Eileen Carlotto, long time meditator for this informative lecture. There will even be a short meditation sitting.

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