Monday Mornings

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 in the Sohier Room. Light refreshments are available starting at 9 AM.

Please note: While signup is not required, space is limited. At any given program, attendance may need to be capped to ensure a safe and enjoyable program for all.

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September 23: The Privateer Trail: A Virtual Walking Tour with Abby Battis, Historic Beverly
Are you interested in Beverly’s Revolutionary era maritime history? Then this is the tour for you! Join Abby Battis, the Associate Director for Collections at Historic Beverly, as she takes us on a “virtual walking tour” from the comfort of our chairs. This presentation will take you on a tour of the homes and businesses of some of Beverly’s most famous privateers; we will experience areas along the Beverly coastline as they look today and how they would have looked in the 18th century.

September 30: Trial, Triumph and Tragedy, the Voyages of William Andrews, Beverly’s Solo Sailor with Karl Hering
This illustrated presentation continues where last season’s A Daring Voyage Across the Atlantic left off and covers the further adventures of William Andrews as he attempts to reclaim his record of crossing the Atlantic with the smallest boat. Along the way he initiates the world’s first single-handed transatlantic sailboat race. His initial failures are followed by his greatest success when he sets a record in 1892 that stands for over 70 years. His story concludes with his final voyage and tragic loss in 1901.

October 7: Propaganda, Media Literacy, and Democracy with Amy Callahan, Northern Essex Community College
Signs point to a bleak picture in media literacy today: there’s a documented inability of young people to understand the online media they consume. We are met with vast volumes of political disinformation on social media and human cognitive processes push us toward confirmation bias and selective exposure. This talk will explore the many efforts in education and journalism to increase the media literacy skills so vital to democracy. We’ll also examine the challenges facing this endeavor. Professor Amy Callahan has studied this issue from many angles, as a former journalist, public relations professional, and media literacy education scholar. 

This presentation is offered through the Northern Essex Community College Speakers Bureau.

October 14: Columbus Day—NO PROGRAM

October 21: Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vietnam with Karen Fitzgerald
Come meet the people of Vietnam and learn about their history and culture as we travel the country during the Lunar New Year celebration. Also known as Tet, this festival welcomes the arrival of spring as everyone celebrates with flowers, special foods and visits to family, friends, and temples. In Asia, the Lunar New Year represents the largest migration of people as they travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones.

October 28: What’s a Day Without Clean Water? A Week? A Way of Life? with Peter Johnson
What a difference a well makes! Join Beverly resident Peter Johnson for a photo tour of his recent trip to rural Western Kenya. Visit schools and communities without clean water, and communities that now have clean water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning for the first time in their lives. Peter was part of a learning tour arranged by WellBoring, a British charity which has donated and installed wells in 53 communities in Western Africa since 2011. In addition to slides of the schools, kids, teachers, lunch ladies and countryside, Peter will share photos from the Nairobi National Park.

November 4: How Books Dragged Me Across the Country with Barb Fecteau
Most people go on vacation to national parks, amusement parks, museums or exotic locales. Barb goes to small towns where fictional events may or may not have occurred. Some people call it “literary tourism” but she calls it good old American nosiness. Join her as she investigates the books of her youth, visiting sites from Little House, Betsy-Tacy, The Outsiders, and more!

November 11: Veterans Day—NO PROGRAM

November 18: Friends’ Fall Book Sale—NO PROGRAM

November 25: The Art of Investing in Art with Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D.
As art reflects life, so the art market reflects economic life. Echoing changing tastes, preferences, trends, and economic realities, the art market rises, falls, fluctuates, and exhibits persistent secular growth over the long term. One thing the art market does not do is move in lockstep with the economy or the stock market. Learn how the art market and its major segments from Old Masters to Impressionists to Contemporary present an enormous array of interesting investment opportunities for the casual collector to the professional investor.

December 2: Books, Buildings, and Community with Wendy Frontiero
Join Wendy Frontiero for a historical, social, and artistic perspective on the creation of Beverly’s two outstanding public library buildings: the Beverly Public Library (1911-1913) located downtown, and the Beverly Farms Library (1915). The downtown library was designed by Cass Gilbert, one of the most celebrated architects in America in the early 20th century. Both buildings involved architect Charles Greely Loring, and his local cousins, Katherine and Louisa Loring, who made fundamental contributions to progressive civic life in Beverly at the beginning of the 20th century. 

December 9: Holiday Concert with Joe Boccia
Beverly’s own Joe Boccia will present a repertoire of holiday music both traditional and modern, performed on his own synthesizer. Joe carefully composes each song’s arrangement by selecting from thousands of possible sound effects. Prepare to be delighted and moved by the variety of sounds and moods he creates. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in 2020!

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