BAKER’S ISLAND REVERIE. Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., First Church, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St., Salem. Historian Jim McAllister’s spring lecture series kicks off with a “visit” to Salem’s most inaccessible, mysterious, quirky, historic and naturally beautiful neighborhood. Lecture includes photographs, facts and stories. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $12 admission, cash or check only. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-979-5907.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Mat Perry, co-founder of Turkey Shore Distilleries, takes a new look at the importance of the original American spirit in “Rum, Revolution and Revival.” Free/museum members, $10/nonmembers. ipswichmuseum.org, 978-356-2811.
Books & poetry
TEEN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS. Thursday, April 10, 4 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Club will meet to discuss Joelle Charbonneau’s novel “The Testing.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
PICKERING POETS. A Celebration of National Poetry Month, Sunday, April 13, with Linda Dini Jenkins, 12:30 p.m. chowder lunch, 1 p.m. lecture. Pickering House, 18 Broad St., Salem. Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture Series will look at some work of Henry Pickering (1781-1838), son of Colonel Timothy, a failed banker, an art connoisseur and a poet whose works appeared in the Evening Post and Good Housekeeping. His niece, Mary Orne Pickering (daughter of John VI) was also a poet. Bring a poem to share, yours or someone else’s. $20, $25 nonmembers, reservations required at 978-744-4777 or email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SPRING BOOK SALE. Ongoing through Sunday, April 13, during regular library hours, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., 32 Essex St., Beverly. Sale features a large selection of hardcover and paperback books for all ages and tastes. Smaller selection of music and movies also available. All proceeds benefit the library.