Dec. 12: Cookbook Club

Thursday, December 12 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Registration required

What is cookbook club?
Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

How does it work?
Sign up to attend the program.
Pick up the mystery ingredients at the reference desk.
Cook something to share with the mystery ingredient.
Bring your dish to the group discussion on December 12.

Registration opens on November 12. Registration is required to pick up the mystery ingredient. One mystery ingredient per household.

Handicapped accessible. Questions? Please contact Katie at or 978-621-6062, ext.2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Lucky Day Collection

We are excited to announce a new collection of popular titles. Don’t want to wait for that new James Patterson or Nora Roberts novel? Stop by and check out the Lucky Day collection. Items are available in person only, first-come, first-served. No holds can be placed on these items. Lucky Day titles have a three week loan period with no renewals. Today could be your lucky day! Questions? Contact Lisa 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.

November 2: Author Talk: Michael McGowan

Saturday, November 2 at 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join author Michael McGowan as he takes us through his storied career, as chronicled in his book Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.

In Ghost, an extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan takes readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts to the Russian and Italian mobs. He takes on biker gangs and contract killers, all while challenging corrupt unions, and eventually El Chapo himself.

Copper Dog Books will be on hand with books available for purchase. Questions? Contact Katie at Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this program.

National Friends of Libraries Week

The Beverly Public Library will be spending the week of October 20-26, 2019, celebrating its Friends of the Beverly Public Library group as part of the 13th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Beverly Public Library was established in 1975 and have raised over $25,000 each year for the library. Currently over 350 community members contribute annually to the Friends, raising funds for the Monday Mornings lecture series, Summer Sounds concert series, children and teen summer reading events, all ages crafting programs, museum passes, the Teen Annual Poetry Contest, and much more.

“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Thalia Lewandowski. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!” Other officers of the Friends are Amy Whelan, Andrea Connor and Maria Decker.

“The Friends of the Beverly Public Library play a critical role in supporting the mission of the library,” said library director Anna Langstaff. “We couldn’t do all that we do without the financial support of the Friends. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.” 

Please visit our support page to find out how to become a member of the Friends.

Meet Your City

Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a series of discussions with political and community leaders as they share what they do and answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8 PM

  • Kelley Ferretti, Ward 2 School Committee
  • Sue Gabriel, Executive Director Beverly Bootstraps
  • Paul Guanci, City Council President
  • John G. LeLacheur, Chief of Police
  • Estelle Rand, Ward 2 City Councilor

Friday, October 11 from 2-4 PM

  • Catherine Barrett, Director of Grants
  • Abby Battis, Assoc. Director for Collections at Historic Beverly
  • Aaron Clausen, Director, Planning and Community Development
  • Kris Silverstein, School Committee President

Wednesday, October 16 from 3-5 PM

  • Rachael Abell, Ward 1 School Committee Secretary
  • Julie Flowers, City Councilor At-Large
  • John Frates, Ward 6 City Councilor (Council Vice President)
  • Gin Wallace, Executive Director at Beverly Main Streets

Friday, October 25 from 2-3 PM

  • Mayor Michael P. Cahill

Questions? Contact Katie at

October 23: 1918 H1N1 Pandemic: The Unknown Killer

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

It has been just over 100 years since the 1918 H1N1 pandemic. Little is known about this tragic outbreak that infected over one third of the world’s population. This discussion will bring some awareness to the events that helped shape epidemiology and the public health care system as we know it today. What actually happened? How many died? Can it happen again? Why do so few know about this? Join us as Rich Fecteau takes us through this disturbing tale of the past and cautionary tale for the future. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.