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Winter Reading Program

Warm Up and Read!
December 20 to February 25.

Get reading and get moving! Print out a copy of our game card or pick one up in the Teen Office or the Reference Desk. Complete one activity in each column to win a Winter Warm Up Packet. If you complete 5 more activities you will receive 5 raffle tickets and if you complete 20 activities you will win 25 raffle tickets. We will have raffle prizes from a variety of local businesses that you can choose from. Spread your tickets out or enter all into one prize. 

Raffle prizes will include gift cards to the following local businesses: Copper Dog, Paper Asylum, Atomic Cafe, Gusto, Heavenly Licks, Half-Baked, The Castle, and Crave.

Participation is for teens in grades 6-12, only. Upon completing an activity, fill out the corresponding box on the back of the game card. Bring the game card to the Teen Office or the Reference Desk to redeem your prizes. Questions? Email Katie at knelson@noblenet.org. 

Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library and the Greater Beverly YMCA for sponsoring this program.

26th Annual Teen Poetry Contest

Calling all teen poets! Starting January 3, 2022 the library is accepting entries from local teens in grades 6 through 12 for our Annual Teen Poetry Contest. The contest will close for entries on Friday, March 4 at 4 PM. Finalists will be invited to read their poems at our Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony and winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 27.

For more details and to submit a poem, visit our Teen Poetry Contest page.


All events are free and for teens in grades 6-12 ONLY!

De-Stress Before Your Test
Tuesday, January 25 from 2-5 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Looking for a quiet place to study for finals? Drop in at the library between 2 and 5 PM for some quiet study time. Take a break and make a Mental Health First Aid Kit or spend some time at the Brain Break table working on a puzzle or coloring. Enter into a raffle for some stress relief tools. Don’t let finals get the best of you! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library and the Be Healthy Beverly Coalition.

Cupcake Wars – CANCELLED
Thursday, January 27 from 3:30-5 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Join us for a cupcake decorating contest! Teens will be judged on their design and the use of the secret ingredient. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Chess Nights at the Library (ages 12 and up)
Mondays, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2
from 5:30-7:30 PM
Barnet Gallery, Main Library

BevRec and the Beverly Public Library are teaming up to offer Chess Nights. The first Monday of each month through May, come and play the world’s greatest game (if you don’t count Pac Man) with your neighbors. This is not an instructional class, but rather a meetup for people who are looking to play.

No matter your skill level, join us and challenge yourself to learn, grow and master chess. Boards will be provided though we invite you to bring a board if you are able.

Sponsored by the Beverly Recreation Department.

Teen Book Groups 

Graphic Novel Club: Grades 6-8
Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4-4:45 PM

February 9: The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
March 9:
Camp Whatever by Chris Grine

BIPOC Voices

March 16 at 2:45 PM: This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (Beverly High School Library)
April 13 at 3 PM: New Kid by Jerry Craft (Beverly Middle School Library)

The Deep Dive
Held on the 4th Monday of the month from 4-4:45 PM

The Deep Dive Book Group examines a variety of topics that impact teens. Each month, through the books we are reading, we will explore topics related to mental health and substance abuse and look at positive coping strategies and resources.

January 24: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
February 28: The Castle School (for troubled girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel
March 28: Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
April 25: Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali
May 23: Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you by Jason Reynolds
June 27: The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Deep Dive Book Group is a partnership with Be Healthy Beverly and the Beverly Public Library.

Personalized Reading Lists
Can’t find a book you want to read? Request a personalized book list and Katie N. will send you a customized reading list based on your interests. Please allow up to two weeks to receive your list.