Monday Mornings

Monday Mornings Adult Program Series

Monday Mornings is a free program series for adults that runs weekly in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place from 9:30-10:30 AM. Contact Ona at with questions.

  • Masks are REQUIRED for in-person (SOHIER ROOM) programs (no refreshments this year, sorry).
  • Registration is recommended for in-person programs so we can get in touch for cancellations, changes, etc.
  • Registration is required for ZOOM events.
  • Schedule is subject to change at any time. We’re going to have a flexible fall!

October 18
ZOOM: The Lost World of Mid-Century Futurism with Gordon Arnold
A look back at the heyday of American futurism, when dreams of a bright and glorious tomorrow captured the American imagination. From the futuristic dreams of 1939 World’s Fair to the heady days of the Space Age, this illustrated program reveals the upsides and downsides to futuristic visions in the mid-20th-century. Join us as we revisit this lost world of flying cars, domestic robots, undersea cities, and life in space. Gordon Arnold, Ph.D., is the author of seven nonfiction books including The Rise and Fall of the Future (2020). He was formerly a long-time professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art. This presentation will be exclusively live via Zoom. Program will not be recorded for later broadcast.

October 25
SOHIER ROOM: The Odd Couple Part II: Gertude Bell, Queen of the Desert with Bob Begin
Local historian, Bob Begins returns for Part II, shifting focus from Lawrence of Arabia to Gertrude Bell. Bell was born into an elite family and became particularly interested in the Middle East where she traveled extensively, interacted with Bedouin and Arab leaders, and came to speak several languages including Arabic and Persian. During WWI, she provided intelligence for the British forces and, alongside T.E. Lawrence, agitated for the cause of self-government for Arab peoples which earned her the moniker of Queen of the Desert. While the dream of independence was not realized in her lifetime, she still represents a fascinating figure who crossed many boundaries and restrictions of her time.

November 1
SOHIER ROOM: Set at Liberty: Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town with Abby Battis, Historic Beverly’s Associate Director for Collections
Historic Beverly launched its first online exhibit “Set at Liberty: the Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town” at the start of 2020 after over a year of research and curating. Remarkably, a great number of stories of Beverly’s black population have been preserved and can be found in their archival collection. These are stories of citizens, black and white, battling against the unjust system of slavery; of enslaved men fighting for freedom for our nation, though not free themselves; of a woman using the law to emancipate her family; and of the racism that affected the lives of Beverly’s black population, long after they were freed from bondage. This presentation offers a look behind the scenes at the creation of the exhibit. It will also cover the use of online exhibits to increase accessibility, the presentation of difficult histories to the public, as well as the sustainability of a collection. Abby Battis, ALM has more than a decade of experience in the museum field in curatorial practice and collections management.

November 8:
ZOOM: Salem’s Creepy Curses and Hauntings with the Delvena Theatre Company
Join Lynne Moulton on a virtual tour of Salem’s ghostly history including the curse of Giles Corey; the ghost of Abigail Ropes; the site of accused witch Bridget Bishop’s apple orchard (now a lovely upscale restaurant); the Gardner-Pingree House, the site of a ghoulish murder which inspired literary giants like Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne; and more, followed by a question and answer period. This program is supported by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. This presentation will be exclusively live via Zoom. Program will not be recorded for later broadcast.

November 15
SOHIER ROOM: Owl Quest: Finding and Photographing North America’s Owls with Marcia and Mark Wilson from Eyes On Owls
Come explore North America’s family of owls with Marcia and Mark Wilson. A fast paced slideshow introduces all 19 species of owls that nest on the continent north of Mexico, from the tiny Elf Owl to the giant Great Gray Owl. Then meet six species of owls up close. Hooting lessons complete the owl fun in this program that will appeal to the diehard lister and beginning birder alike. Marcia and Mark Wilson have been presenting live owl programs for 27 years. The Wilsons care for non-releasable owls and hawks that work as wildlife ambassadors. Signed, personalized copies of Mark’s book, Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night will be available for purchase at the program.

November 22
ZOOM: Not Quiet on the Homefront with Barb Fecteau
We will explore young women’s experience on the homefront as seen through the eyes of writers who lived through it themselves. Louisa May Alcott (Civil War), Lucy Maud Montgomery (WWI), Janet Lambert (WWII and Korea) and Marilyn Singer (Vietnam) all had firsthand experience that they transformed into fiction for young girls. In various styles, from beloved classics to malt shop romances to gritty urban young adult novels—these writers brought their own experiences to their work with tremendous results. Barb Fecteau is the librarian at Beverly High School, teaches in the library media program at Salem State University, and reads more children’s literature than is probably good for her.

November 29
SOHIER ROOM: Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks with the Delvena Theatre Company
On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie, deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn’t she? Let the audience be the judge. This program is supported by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Did you miss a program? Many past events have been posted to our YouTube channel.

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