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

Summer Reading Program

Register for the teen Summer Reading Program through July 27 for opportunities to win great prizes including free books, tickets to the Topsfield Fair, and raffle tickets for the grand prizes–$50 gift cards! Teens win prizes by completing squares on our “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” bingo cards. The more you read and the more you do, the more you win! Sign up and get your game card through Wednesday, July 27 at the library. Game cards are due by 9 PM on Wednesday, August 10.

Register for Teen Summer Reading
Beverly Middle School and Beverly High School Summer Reading

Cupcake Wars
Wednesday, July 6 from 3:30 – 5:30 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 Library.

Last Teen Standing
Tuesday, July 12 from 2 – 3:30 PM
Beverly Common (Rain location: Sohier Room)
Do you know the answers? Test your knowledge in a fun trivia-based game that uses your mind and your legs! Will you be the last teen standing? Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Library.

Graphic Novel Club (Grades 6-8)
Wednesday, July 13 at 4 PM
Library Lawn (Rain location: Sohier Room)
Read and discuss Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson. Plus doughnuts.

Downtown Clean Up
Tuesday, July 19 and August 9 from 3:30 – 5 PM
Winter Street Courtyard, Main Library
Come clean up downtown Beverly! Do some volunteer hours and have some pizza while helping to beautify our city.

Wildlife Encounters
Thursday, July 21 at 3 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Calling all animal lovers! Get up close and personal with a wide array of different species of animals from the furry to the scaly. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Library.

Book Talks and Doughnuts
Monday, July 25 from 4 – 4:45 PM
Library Lawn (Rain location: Sohier Room)
Come discuss books and eat some doughnuts! Hang out on the lawn, grow your TBR, and talk about your favorite books.

Henna and Camp Crafts
Thursday, July 28 from 2 – 4 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Get a henna tattoo and make some camp crafts. Must bring a signed permission slip. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Library.

Minute To Win It
Thursday, August 4 from 2 – 3:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Do you have what it takes? Come try your hand at a bunch of silly challenges, all in under a minute! Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Library. 

Silent Library
Wednesday, August 10 from 2 – 3:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Try out a bunch of silly challenges, all without making a sound. Can you stay silent in the library? Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Ukulele Day (Grades 4-12)
Wednesday, August 24 from 3:30 – 6 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library 

Come and go according to your schedule (or stay the whole time) – and learn how to play ukulele, try out various sizes and styles of ukuleles, perform solo or with others, and listen to mini-concerts by Dave Maloof. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Park
Tuesday, August 30 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Beverly Common (Rain location: Sohier Room, Main Library)
August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. What better way to celebrate than eating s’mores and telling spooky stories? Come prepared to tell your spookiest story!

Mass Teen Choice Book Award

Did you know there was is a new award that will be chosen by Massachusetts teens? The Mass Teen Choice Book Award, or MTCBA, is the only award in the Bay State that invites students in grades 7-12 to select their top new books of the year! The library has copies of all the books on the list for you to read and choose your favorite. Voting opens September 1-23!

Snapdragon by Leyh, Kat
The inheritance games by Barnes, Jennifer
This poison heart by Bayron, Kalynn
In the wild light by Zentner, Jeff
Punching the Air by Zoboi, Ibi
Fallout : spies, superbombs, and the ultimate Cold War showdown by Sheinkin, Steve
Not My Problem by Smyth, Ciara
Clap when you land by Acevedo, Elizabeth
We Are Not Free by Chee, Traci
Flamer by Curato, Mike
Legendborn (Reprint) by Deonn, Tracy
Not So Pure and Simple by Giles, Lamar
You should see me in a crown by Johnson, Leah  (Young adult author)
Nubia.  Real one by McKinney, L. L.
Heartstopper.   Volume 1 by Oseman, Alice
Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you by Reynolds, Jason
The girls I
Cemetery boys by Thomas, Aiden
The magic fish by Trung, Le Nguyen

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.