LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss Kate Atkinson’s mystery novel “Case Histories.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Marjorie Morningstar” by Herman Wouk. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk. Contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
POETRY CONTEST AWARDS RECEPTION. Thursday, May 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., S. Hamilton. Everyone is welcome to hear award-winning author, balladeer, poet and songwriter John Perrault perform. After his presentation, winners of the teen poetry contest will recite their award-winning works. www.hwlibrary.org.
POETRY SALON WITH CLAIRE KEYES. Sunday, May 18, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State University professor emeritus, leads a discussion featuring Elizabeth Bishop’s last book, “Geography III.” The short book contains some of Bishop’s most famous poems. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Wednesday, May 21, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Teen and adult writers are invited to bring a sample of their work to share at the Poetry & Creative Writing meeting. 978-774-8132, www.flintlibrary.org.
TOUR OF CENTRAL CEMETERY. Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m., Hale Farm, 39 Hale St., Beverly. Beverly Historical Society curator Darren Brown leads a tour through Beverly’s Central Cemetery. Tour will detail the history of the community’s largest cemetery, and the final resting places of poet Lucy Larcom, statesmen Robert Rantoul and Robert Rantoul Jr., and privateer Hugh Hill. Tour departs from Hale Farm. Free to Beverly Historical Society members, $5 nonmembers.
THORNDIKE STREET WALKING TOUR. Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m., meet at City Hall, corner of Cabot and Thorndike streets, Beverly. What do a self-made millionaire, a nationally prominent silversmith, one of the first responders to Abraham Lincoln’s call for soldiers, and a sailor who served aboard the USS Merrimack have in common? Join Gail and Lisa Balentine for a stroll down one of Beverly’s most historic streets for the answer. Sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society. $5 nonmembers, free to BHS members.