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Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group

At this time, the Friends of the Library and Literary Affairs are offering virtual book discussion meetings through the video-conference platform Zoom. For more information on how you can participate in these online book discussions, email to join.

Even if you have not read the book yet, you are welcome to attend. 

The following book discussions will be held in virtual format:

BY Nella Larsen

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Tuesday, October 5
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, October 13, 10:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 21, 1:00 p.m.

FOL Oct 2021
FOL Nov 2021 Author
The Boy In The Field 
by Margot Livesey

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Wednesday, November 10
, 10:15 a.m.

Author Margot Livesey joins the Nov. 10th event

Tuesday, November 16, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, November 18, 1:00 p.m.

FOL Nov 2021
Homeland Elegies 

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Tuesday, January 4
, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 12, 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, January 20, 1:00 p.m.

FOL 2022 Jan

Copies of books discussed are available in eBook and audiobook formats and can be checked out through our Library’s Digital Branch.

Jim J's Jukebox - Discovering America's Music


Jim J
  • October 20th - (virtual session via Zoom)
  • December 15th - more details tbd

Here's how to participate in Jim J's Jukebox 2020 Safe-at-Home Edition

Please note new start time: 6:00 p.m.

Email OR call (310) 288-2244 to RSVP

You can catch up on most recent program below:

If you haven't already done so, set up a Zoom account: - Go to: and sign up for your free account.

The meetings are best viewed on a computer or laptop due to screen size. If using a phone or iPad, you will need to download the Zoom app on the device. -

After you create your account, download the app on the device you plan to use here:

Zoom link will be sent out to registered attendees the day prior to the program.

American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro shares facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection.

Join many who have enjoyed his vibrant and informed perspective on the music of Berlin, Porter, Ellington, and Gershwin, the lyrics of Mercer and Hammerstein, and the stylings of Sinatra and Fitzgerald. Mr. Jimirro was founding president of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video and is currently Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon.

Jim J's Jukebox  |  email Jim J at  |

Mindfulness Tools To Thrive

Mindfulness Tools
to Thrive

Virtual Author Talk With
Linda Yaron Weston

This interactive session will explore mindfulness and well-being tools to thrive in school, work, and life. Participants will explore the principles of mindfulness, practice together, and learn how to show up with more presence and clarity for ourselves and others. The session will feature a discussion from the author’s new book Mindfulness for Young Adults: Tools to Thrive in School and Life.

Mindfulness 2

Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00pm
via Zoom

Linda Yaron Weston teaches at the University of Southern California, where she developed their introductory mindfulness course. A National Board Certified Teacher with almost twenty years of experience teaching academic and well-being courses at the high school and college level, she holds dual MEd degrees from UCLA and certifications to teach English, physical education, and health, as well as certifications in mindfulness and yoga.


To RSVP please call (310) 288-2244 or email us at

Overcoming Dyslexia
Overcoming Dyslexia book cover  

Overcoming Dyslexia

Virtual Author Talk With
Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D.
Jonathan E. Shaywitz, M.D.

Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. is the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. She is a world renowned scientist and dedicated, compassionate physician who is devoted to bringing ground-breaking scientific advances to benefit dyslexic children and adults.


Tuesday, October 26th at 6:00pm
via Zoom

Jonathan E. Shaywitz M.D. a Board Certified Psychiatrist, is Medical Director of Montare Behavioral Health and devoted to helping patients and their caregivers better understand and support anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Shaywitz received his BA with Honors from Brown University and received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School.


Q&A to follow, please submit your questions by October 24 to


To RSVP please call (310) 288-2244 or email us at

Program Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting a program at Beverly Hills Public Library.  The Library is open for reduced hours until further notice.  We are currently accepting proposals for new programs for the months of January, February, and March of 2022.  

If you are still interested in submitting a program proposal, please see our policy for instructions on submitting program proposals.

If you are interested in renting a room for your meeting or event, please see the City of Beverly Hills’ Facilities Rental page.  Please check back with us in fall of 2021.

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