BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk, or they may be available on alternate formats (CD, downloadable audiobook, downloadable e-book). Search online catalog, or call reference staff for assistance. 978-921-6066.
OFF THE PATH BOOK GROUP. Featuring a book discussion series on the American dream. Meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Boxford Town Library, Cummings Room, 10 Elm St. Group will discuss “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. Books are available at the circulation desk. 978-887-7323.
ECHO PRESENTATION. Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Essex County Horticultural Organization meeting features speakers Debbie and Pete Lincoln, who visited each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. They have developed an informative, entertaining show filled with anecdotes, little-known history, hidden locales and their own mishaps. Bring food or drinks to share. $5 donation for guests.
AUTHOR READING AND TALK. Saturday, Jan. 19, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Julia Newman, author of “The Loose Lip Brigade” and the blog “Feed Me Daily,” will read from her book and talk about what it’s like to be an online author. Free. Refreshments served. Copies of Newman’s book will be available for purchase. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING LONGER, STRONGER AND HAPPIER. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Peter Spiers, senior vice president of Road Scholar, will discuss his book “Master Class,” which contains a straightforward, easy and effective program for achieving a rich, satisfying and brain-healthy lifestyle. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
“HEALTHY YUMMY KIDS.” Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Nina Manolson, a family wellness expert, helps parents cultivate a healthy mindset for their families, make changes without feeling overwhelmed, navigate the world of fast food and junk food, and understand the secrets to making healthy eating easy and fun. Free. 781-596-8867.