April Events

Anime Club
Tues., April 21, 3:30-5:30 PM, Sohier Room
Watch anime with other fans, and eat free snacks.

Big_Hero_6_posterApril Vacation Event: Pizza and a Movie!
Thurs., April 23, 12:00-2:00 PM, Sohier Room
Bored and hungry during school vacation? Come eat free pizza at the library while you watch Big Hero 6 on our big screen!





Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Friday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 PM, Staff Conference Room
The TAB (Teen Advisory Board) of the Beverly Public Library meets monthly to help Allison with book selections, planning programs, and more. For more information about the board, visit our TAB page.

19th Annual Teen Poetry Contest
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 PM, Sohier Room
Starting at 7 PM in the Sohier Room, the library will host a reception and awards ceremony for the Beverly Teen Poetry Contest held this winter. All teen finalists will be asked to read their poems aloud, winners will be announced, and prizes will be awarded. Finalists and their families, participants in the contests, teachers, and all others, are welcome to attend. Join us for a night of excitement and amazing local poetry! A reception with refreshments in the Barnet Gallery will immediately follow the ceremony; no registration is necessary.

19th Annual Teen Poetry Contest

The contest closed for entries at 4 PM on Friday, March 6, 2015. Selected finalists are invited to read their poems aloud at our Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony & Reception on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. All are welcome to attend!

The 2015 finalists (alphabetical by last name) are:

Middle School Division
Kyla Alexander
Jonathan Bolland
Oz Caiati-Nardone
Mike Carroll
Catrina Caruso
Isabela Cheung
Sam Crocker
JD Hildreth
Travis Letourneau
Chloe Rourke-Nicholas
Tessa Shields
Alayna Thomas
Ava Ulian

High School Division
Andrew Desharnais
Olin Goudey
Mary Joens
Jack Kelly
Asher Leahy
Julia Lewis
Robert Malley (for 2 poems)
Anthony Nimblett
Nicholas Wise


The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults on February 2. Here’s a peek at some of the great YA titles selected this year!

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Winner)
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard (Honor)
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley (Honor)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Honor)
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Honor)

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book:

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candice Fleming

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson