Hamilton-Wenham Public Library’s annual book sale opens to the public today, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and continues Monday, March 24, through Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Books for children, teens and adults range from fiction to nonfiction, biography to self-help, science fiction, beach reads and more. Formats include hardcover, paperback, board books, DVDs, CDs and some maps. For more information, visit www.hwlibrary.org.
Wenham Museum’s annual Draw Me a Story exhibit, which this year features “Alphabets and Animals,” will be on display through March 30 at 132 St., Wenham. The exhibit features displays of original illustrations by creators of children’s books, many of whom will be on hand and happy to sign books at the reception and at an event for the whole family, “A Sunday of Sweetness,” tomorrow, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit www.wenhammuseum.org. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 1 and up.
“Get to Know the Festival Poets,” a program at the Peabody Institute Library, will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the first of six meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. The poets discussed will be: March 25, Phil Levine; April 1, Rhina Espaillat; April 8, Carol Ann Duffy; April 15, Li-Young Li; April 22, Susan Rich; and April 29, Cornelius Eady. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Ipswich Museum’s Special Sundays winter exhibit, “Focusing on the Child,” is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday (except April 20) through April 27 at Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. The exhibit explores the lives of children in Ipswich through a variety of paintings, photographs and objects. Family-friendly activities each Sunday will complement the exhibit. The regular first-floor museum rooms will also be open for viewing. Admission is free for museum members and children, $7 nonmembers and $5 senior citizens. For more information, call 978-356-2811 or visit www.ipswichmuseum.org.