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Around Belchertown: Clapp Memorial Library launches summer programs

Clapp Memorial Library in Belchertown is inviting teens to register for its first Teen Summer Reading Program. Participants get gifts from the prize box for reading a certain number of books. Also, for every book read, teens get a raffle ticket to win either a Red Sox-themed bucket, a “teen basket,” a $50 Target gift card or an iTunes gift card and movie gift card.

According to library Director Sheila McCormack, this is the first time the library has offered a reading challenge for teens.

“We thought it’d be fun to give them their own focus and more teen-geared prizes, instead of lumping them in with the adults,” McCormack said.

Teens who register the library website can read what they want when they want and keep track in the online account.

The libary will also host Dig Into Reading, a program to help prevent summer learning loss in children. Adults can keep track of the books they read to their children over the summer or the books the children read themselves. The child can then choose one of the books and write a review for it by Aug. 12. Participants get a raffle ticket for weekly prizes and will be invited to library events all summer. Any child who reads as least eight books and writes a book review will be invited to Clapp’s ice cream party in August.

There also will be an Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Any adult who reads one book from each of the library’s 10 challenge categories will receive raffle tickets to win a prize from the prize box.

Other library events this summer include Magic the Gathering games every Wednesday, movies and musical performances.

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‘And Now ... Mark Twain!’

The Belchertown Senior Center will host a performance by Mark Twain impersonator Richard Clark at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Clark is a professional theater and television actor whose credits include “The Kennedys of Massachusetts,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “Saturday Night Live.” He has also appeared in many regional theaters. Clark will perform “And Now ... Mark Twain!” a one-person play that looks at the life and works of author and humorist.

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Help wanted

The Select Board has appointed Marcia Jakuvasc to the Housing Needs and Assessment Committee. The board also accepted the resignation of Edward Forgette, who has served as a mechanic for the department of Public works for the past 37 years.

The town is also seeking candidates for positions on the following committees: Memorial Committee, Agricultural Commission (full member and associate member), Cultural Council, Historical Commission, Historic District Commission, Mobile Home Rent Control Board, Recreation Committee and Technology Advisory Committee.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest to the Select Board at The Finnerty House, 1 South Main St., P.O. Box 670, Belchertown, MA 01007. All applications are due by noon on July 31.

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