Libraries Rock Summer Reading Slogan

Sign-up for Summer Reading!

Visit the library to sign-up for our summer reading program! Kids will receive reading logs, stickers and a bookmark. Registration ends Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

After you’ve signed-up you should:

  • Track the minutes you read on your reading log (each circle equals 20 minutes)
  • Read 700 minutes by August 8, 2018
  • Visit the library by August 8, 2018, bring in your reading log and tell the Children’s Room that you’ve reached the 700 minute goal!

The Topsfield Fair is generously sponsoring Summer Reading. Here’s how children (ages 5-grade 6) can earn a Topsfield Fair Prize Packet that includes:

  • 1 admission ticket
  • 1 hot dog and drink voucher
  • 2 ride tickets

Kids 0-4 can earn a free book!

Reading for a Cause
The Friends have generously offered to support the local musical nonprofit group, Music & Youth, Changing Lives one Note at a Time .
Children will add a Book Note with the title of their favorite book to our musical display.
When we reach the goal of 1,000 Book Notes the Friends will donate $200.00 to Music & Youth.

“Libraries Rock!” is sponsored by the Beverly Public Library, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Topsfield Fair.

Summer Reading List 2018 Libraries Rock!

MCBA List 2018-19


Summer Story Times are in session and will run through the week of August 6, 2018. Days and times are listed below.

Hen Reading to Chicks

Story Time Sessions are as follows:
Babies and Books (0-18 months): Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 10 AM (Wednesday story times will begin July 18.)
Toddler Story Time (18 months-3 years): Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:15 AM
Preschool Story Time (3-5 years):Thursdays at 1:15 PM
For story time descriptions, please click here.
No registration required.


Musical Mornings with Miz Liz

Woman Playing the Piano

Join us for a fun, interactive mix of children’s sing-a-long music and literature! The half-hour program is geared toward children aged 0-5 and their parents and caregivers. All are welcome. No registration required.
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 AM

Thank you to the Friends for funding this program!





Creativity Lab

Image of paper, scissors, glue

Wednesdays, July 18 and July 25 at 11:00 AM
No registration required and program is for preschool children and up

Be creative! Each week we’ll provide different materials for your creations! Cardboard cylinders and tape! Rocks and markers! Corks and rubber bands! Also egg cartons, popsicle sticks, feathers, pipe cleaners and more!



Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion (Grades 3-6)

Cover of Hilo by Judd Winick

Wednesday, July 18 at 12:30 PM

Registration is required.

Bring a lunch, play a fun game and discuss the graphic novel Hilo: the Boy who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick. The library will provide drinks and dessert.

Books are available in the Children’s Room




Rockin Sing-a-Long! with Steve Blunt

Image of musician Steve Blunt

Friday, July 20 at 10:30
No registration required
Dance, sing, shake, rattle and roll with award-winning children’s musician, Steve Blunt! This highly interactive presentation fosters musical participation in a variety of modes: singing, listening, clapping, fingerplay, ASL, foreign language & large motor movement. Learn Steve’s new hit song, “Libraries Rock – Let’s Rock ’n’ Roll and Read!” Steve sings and plays guitar, harmonica, djembe drum, low brass horn & more, providing exposure to a surprising assortment of instruments & styles in a fun, upbeat musical celebration for children of all ages and their families.


Saturday Story Times

Kids On Books

Saturday, July 21, 2018
No registration required.

Baby & Toddler Story Time Ages 0-2 9:30 AM

Preschool Story Time (with craft) Ages 3-5 10:30 AM





Pajama Story Time

Cartoon elephant in pajamas by Pixaby user Open-Clipart-Vectors

Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PM
No registration required

Enjoy interactive stories, songs and rhymes on the library lawn! If weather is inclement story time will be held in the Children’s Room. For families and children under 5.






Musical Movie and Popcorn

Delicious popcorn included! Sing along and watch:
Sing (2016) Tuesday, July 24 at 1:30 PM
Annie (1987) Monday, August 13 at 6:30 PM





Reading with Coco

Picture of a Newfoundland named Coco

July 24, 2018, 3:30 PM

Children, in grades 1-5, who are struggling with reading are invited to read with Coco!

Certified reading therapy dog Coco, and her owner Randi, will visit the library twice a month to help children practice reading and gain confidence. Six 10 minute slots (3 per day) will be available for children to read aloud to Coco one-on-one. Children may bring their own book or use a library book.

Participants may register for one slot per month. Please call the library if you will not be able to make your time slot.

Registration is required. Please call the Children’s Room at 978-921-6062 ext. 2107 to register.



Songs of Peace Musical Workshop with Sagit Zilberman

Image of Sagit Zilberman

Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 PM
No registration required and families and children of all ages are welcome

Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from cultures across the world with jazz instrumentalist and composer, Sagit Zilberman. This interactive global musical workshop introduces children to instruments such as the didgeridoo, space drum and other percussion instruments and empowers them to use both their own voices and instruments to play and create music with others.

Creature Teachers

Image of Richard Roth and a kinkajou

Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 AM
No registration required and program is for all ages
Learn about all aspects of the rainforest from the layers that make up the forest to the dangers that threaten these fragile ecosystems around the world. To help children and families better understand the rainforest the Creature Teachers will bring 8-10 rainforest animals including a kinkajou, an iguana, a boa constrictor, a cane toad, a macaw and more.


Tony Toledo presents Libraries Rock! Stories

Moss covered rocks in flowing water by Pixaby user Ertz

Friday, August 3 at 10:30 AM

Come hear “rockin” tales by our local storyteller, Tony Toledo. You’ll enjoy the story of Anansi the Spider and The Strange Moss Covered Rock. Have you tasted Stone Soup? You will get a delicious taste of this traditional tale. The Legend of Falling Rocks will be explained. Have you seen those signs on the Berkshire mountain roads that warn of falling rocks? Now you’ll hear how those rocks started falling.

Family LEGO Build

Image of LEGOs by Markus Spiske

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM

Come to the Children’s Room for a LEGO Family Build. We’ll provide the LEGOs; you provide the family and the building ideas. Bring your smart phone or camera to snap some photos of your creations as we will build then take apart!




LEGO Club for Grades PreK-5

Image of LEGOs

LEGO Club is for children in preschool-grade 5. The next meeting is Thursday, August 9, 2018, 3:30-4:30 PM. This is a drop-in program.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program!






A Little Night Music & Rhyme

Colorful ukuleles in a line.

Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM (Thursday, July 26, will be a special program, Songs of Peace Musical Workshop. Please see description above.)

For families and kids under 5 (or so)
No registration required.

Join us for musical rhythmic fun! Dancing, shaking, moving and singing!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for supporting this program!


Thank you to the Friends for supporting our programs!

Personalized Reading List for Kids

Image of books in a row

Looking for a new series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Are you a parent trying to find pirate picture books for your preschooler? Try our new Personalized Reading List for Kids! All you need to do is answer a few questions such as who your favorite authors are and what types of books you like to read. Based on your responses one of our children’s librarians will create a list just for you!
Please click here to fill out a form.