April Art Exhibit

Part 2 by Patrick O’Donnell

This month we welcome an exhibit of paintings by Patrick O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a self-taught artist, in the DIY punk rock tradition. While working summers as a young house painter, he was given the chore of cleaning the crew’s brushes. He began experimenting with paint while cleaning up, and realized he was making art, which led to a lifelong passion for the craft.

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

The Babson Financial Literacy Project Library Workshops: Jumpstart Your Financial Future!

Join the Babson Financial Literacy Project for a series of workshops geared toward ages 17-30. All ages are welcome! Registration required for each.

Tuesday, April 5 from 7-8 PM
Decisions! Decisions!
Registration required via Zoom link.
When you start a new job, some of your first decisions may be about saving for retirement and choosing health insurance. How much should I put into my retirement account? Which investments should I choose? Which health insurance plan will serve my needs and be affordable? The choices can be daunting. Join us to gain some important insights on how to make these essential decisions.

Tuesday, April 19 from 7-8 PM
Protecting You and Your Assets
Registration required via Zoom link.
Life as an independent adult can feel complicated and overwhelming. How can you be ready for the challenges ahead? This workshop will help you organize and prepare for your adult life!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Presented in collaboration with 27 additional libraries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org.

Black Lives Matter Mural Unveiling Feb. 1

On February 1 at 4 PM, please join us as we celebrate the unveiling of a Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural at the Beverly Public Library. Beverly Main Streets recently agreed to donate the BLM mural, which was originally created as part of Beverly Main Streets’ rotating art gallery project, to the Beverly Public Library. The BLM mural was created by Amanda Beard Garcia who, as part of the Beverly Main Streets’ revolving artist program, created this important statement following the death of George Floyd.  

In an effort dating back several years, Beverly Main Streets received permission from the Lindsey Building Condo Association to create a rotating art gallery on a fence on their property located between their building and Atomic Cafe. At the time, it was painted a red color, so it was called the Red Fence Gallery. Beverly Main Streets would commission artists to paint a new mural on the fence every three months to enliven downtown Beverly.

During the summer 2020, Beverly Main Streets hired local artist Amanda Beard Garcia to paint the BLM design she submitted for consideration. Garcia chose to paint the fence on the same day as the Black Lives Matter Walk organized by Beverly High alumni. The mural symbolizes the attention being given across the country to social justice and racial equity pursuits. Due to the significance of the message and Beverly’s on-going commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Beverly Main Streets and the Lindsey Building Condo Association collaborated to donate the fence with the BLM mural to the downtown branch of the Beverly Public Library, where it will continue to be representative of the city’s commitment to racial equity. The fence will be replaced with a new red fence which will have a plaque letting local residents and visitors know where they can find the original fence. In addition, Beverly Main Streets has worked with local institutions and businesses to display a banner with the mural image, so the message will continue to have a visual impact even in the time when the fence is removed.

“For much of our country’s history, the US Constitution, our laws, and people in positions of power have devalued the lives of Black Americans.  By words and actions, our government and our society have long said that Black lives do not matter.  We must acknowledge the wrongs of our country’s past and embrace the truth, so basic and self-evident, that Black lives do matter.  In Beverly and everywhere, the lives of our Black friends, families, and neighbors have the same value and worth, and matter in the same way, as do the lives of everyone.  This beautiful, important mural clearly expresses this truth.,” commented Mayor Michael Cahill.

“The Beverly Public Library strives to be a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The library has always offered more than books; it is also a center for arts and culture and community engagement. We are honored to be the recipient of this special mural. Displaying this piece in the library makes it accessible to all, in a space that encourages dialogue and connections among our community. We hope all community members will visit and take advantage of all the library has to offer,” commented Library Director Allison Babin. 

The BLM Mural creator, Amanda Beard Garcia, also commented, “As a Beverly native and artist of color, it was important to me to support Black Lives in a way I knew how: to visually voice ‘we’re with you’ — to make a commitment to our community to listen, learn, grow, and take action and hopefully inspire others to do the same. While my painted mural was expected to be temporary (as the others have been), I’m grateful that it will find a new home at the library as a reminder that there is always more work to be done.”

BIPOC Voices

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Voices is a 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 titles, including books and films, through an anti-racism lens to allow for open and honest conversations in a safe, respectful environment.

image of Selma

Selma (2014): a BIPOC Voices Film Screening
Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 9 PM

Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a screening of Selma, a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards. There will be time for discussion after the movie. 

Questions? Contact Allison at babin@noblenet.org

Children’s Books Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Voices

Children’s Books Celebrating AAPI Voices & Stories

Children’s Books Celebrating Black Voices & Stories

January/February Art Exhibit

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

Hanuman retrieves Sanjeevani

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.