Every Hero Has a Story

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 Friday, July 31, 2015.

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 12, 2015
  • Visit the library by August 12, 2015, bring in your reading log and tell the Children’s Room that you’ve reached the 700 minute goal!

The Topsfield Fair will send your prize packet to the library and you’ll be able to pick them up here in the Children’s Room. The library will contact you when the tickets are in. They must be picked up by noon on September 11, 2015!

You’ll receive a superhero pencil and can enter a raffle to win Every Hero Has a Story prizes when you bring in your reading log for the Topsfield Fair!

Our summer reading program is for all ages.
Being read to counts!

Thank you to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring summer reading!

“Every Hero Has a Story” 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.

This year’s summer reading list can be found be found here.


Summer Story Times will begin the week of July 5, 2015. Days and times are listed below.

Hen Reading to Chicks

Story Time Sessions are as follows:
Babies and Books: Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
Toddler Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:15 AM
Preschool Story Time:Tuesdays at 1:15 PM
For story time descriptions, please click here.
No registration required.


Drop-in Craft

Image of paper, glue and scissors

Wednesdays, July 8-August 19, 10:30-11:30 AM

Join us for a new craft each week! Each session will run as long as supplies last. Registration is not required. This activity is for children age 5 and up.


Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion

Cover of Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wednesday, July 8, 12:30 PM
For grades 3-6

Bring a lunch and discuss Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We will also have a fun game to play. The library will provide drinks and dessert. Copies of the book are available in the Children’s Room. Registration is required. To register please call 978-921-6062 or register online by clicking here.
Please register by Thursday, July 2, 2015.


Science Isn’t Always Pretty with Keith Michael Johnson

Green Slime on a Hand

Friday, July 10, @ 10 AM

Keith Michael Johnson will promote science investigation through his educational and entertaining program. He will teach children that they don’t have to be scientists to enjoy science. The program includes making a batch of Slime (is it a solid or liquid?) to see how well it flies, dissecting an owl pellet to see what it ate and breaking the sound barrier with an everyday machine that travels over 900 miles per hour

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 11, 2015, 10 AM

Thank you to the Friends for funding this program!




Giant Game Co.

Person playing giant jenga
Wednesday, July 22, 9AM-12PM

Visit the library and play life-sized games! We’ll have Jenga, Snakes and Ladders, Checkers and more! This is a three hour drop-in event.





Animal World Experience “Wild Heroes”

Cartoon Image of Tree Frog

Friday, July 24, 10 AM

Spiderman! Batman! Aquaman! Just like many famous superheroes have animal powers, every animal has the power to be a superhero. In Animal World Experience’s program, “Wild Heroes” children get the opportunity to meet several animal friends and learn about their special abilities that make them a hero in their own way.



Toe Jam Puppet Band Hero Variety Show

Flyer of Toe Jam Puppet Band's Hero Variety Show

Friday, July 31, 10 AM

The Beverly Public Library presents a zany and exuberant all ages family concert with the Toe Jam Puppet Band! Toe Jam offers children’s entertainment that families can enjoy together. The unique musical performances are very interactive and theatrical. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along with Toe Jam as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and interactive storytelling. Get ready for a Car Wash, watch out for the Flying Laundry and be prepared to laugh with glee, Toe Jam style!


Tony Toledo Presents: The Green Horse and Other Hero Tales

Image of Green Horse

Friday, August 14, 10 AM
The Green Horse and Other Hero Tales will be presented by Beverly Storyteller Tony Toledo at the Beverly Public Library in celebration of the Summer Reading Program. The Green Horse is, well, green. It can do the work of ten regular horses. The old man who owns it loves it with all his heart. Then disaster strikes. Only the Green Horse can save the day. Come hear how!


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.