“A GREAT NUMBER OF USEFUL BOOKS.” Wednesday, April 23, 6 p.m., Castle Hill at Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Mark Purcell, libraries curator to the National Trust, presents “A Great Number of Useful Books: The Country House Library,” an illustrated lecture exploring different British country house libraries with books both useful and curious. Tickets $40 general, $30 Trustees of Reservations and Royal Oak Foundation members; reception after the lecture included with admission. Advance registration recommended at www.thetrustees.org/royal-oak.
“WHEN THE GOING GETS WEIRD.” Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m., First Church, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St., Salem. Historian Jim McAllister’s spring lecture series continues with North Shore stories that are seldom told, including those about UFOs, sea serpents, haunted ships and invisible foes, seers and psychics, clever criminals, and even a mysterious moving meal chest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $12 admission, cash or check only. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-979-5907.
EASTER EGG HUNT. Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Beverly High School, 100 Sohier Road, Beverly. Gordon College and Netcast Church host an Easter Egg Hunt for the community. Families, students and children of all ages are invited to hunt for 20,000 eggs. Winners will receive prizes. A raffle for adults will also be available. email@example.com, www.gordon.edu/calendar.
EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST & EGG HUNT. Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The youth groups of Northshore and Beverly Unitarian Universalist churches will hold an Easter breakfast and egg hunt with a visit from the Easter Bunny. All ages welcome. All proceeds benefit the churches’ youth groups. $5/person, $20 maximum per family. 978-774-7582, www.nsuu.org.
EGG HUNT. Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Celebrate spring at the egg hunt, an Athenaeum tradition. Gather in the reading room for refreshments before the hunt begins. All are welcome. Rain or shine. Bring baskets. Coffee available for adults. Details and registration at 978-744-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.