Clapp Memorial Library, dedicated June 30, 1887

CLAPP MEMORIAL LIBRARY INC

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Clapp Memorial Library, dedicated June 30, 1887

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A young voter casts her ballot on Election Day at the Library.

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Fall at the Library.

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A comfortable, safe place to study.

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Workshop with children's book illustrator David Costello

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Outside art.

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Summer music on the lawn

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Learning about service dogs.

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Simple science experience.

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Laughter and movement.

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Young book connoisseurs.

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Game-players of all ages celebrating International Games Day.

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Fun and Games at International Games Day, 2014

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Science magic--Summer Reading Program 2014

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Belchertown High School student art on display.

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Summer Reading Program Kickoff

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Star Wars comes to the Clapp

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Visiting elephant

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Interior stained glass window, given in honor of library benefactor, John Francis Clapp

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South window dedication

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Commemorative window given in honor of Calvin Bridgman by his wife, Susan Bridgman, Library Trustee

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Library staff in period costume, 125th Anniversary Celebration

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One of the winning entries in our 125th Celebration Sign Design contest

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Birthday Cake

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Frisbee fun on a summer evening

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Dog Days

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Wacky Story Hour

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Engaging young minds with art

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Library spelling bee winner claims her prize

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Music and instruments for the young set

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Quilt created by children in Crazy Quilt workshop sponsored by the Friends, June, 2012

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Library staff teach how to use the digital catalog.

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Learning to use an eReader.

Our Annual Appeal seeks to raise funds to initiate essential roof and gutter repairs to maintain the functional integrity of the building.

The Library serves Belchertown and the surrounding area, offering connection, community, programs and services for all ages. Last year, we hosted 519 programs with an attendance of 12,689. The Library provided services valued at $2,597,174!

The Clapp Memorial Library is a welcoming and lively center for lifelong learning, personal enrichment and community interaction. The Clapp Memorial Library is dedicated to serving Belchertown as a vital cultural resource and community center, and is cognizant of its role in promoting the value of reading and self expression to local youth. The Library responds to community needs as they evolve over time and strives to connect its users to ideas, to technologies, to experiences, and to others in the community and the world at large.

Belchertown native, John Francis Clapp, left a generous bequest stipulating that a library be built in five years time in his hometown. On June 30, 1887 the Clapp Memorial Library building was dedicated. In an opening address, brother Dwight Clapp reminded his listeners to "do what little we can in our day to make life in this old hill town of New England richer and broader, higher and nobler, sweeter and purer, to generations which come after us". The Clapp honors and celebrates this generous tradition of philanthropy, that makes so much possible for so many.


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Organization Information

CLAPP MEMORIAL LIBRARY INC
19 S MAIN ST
P.O. Box 627 BELCHERTOWN, MA 01007

Mission:
Our Annual Appeal seeks to raise funds to initiate essential roof and gutter repairs to maintain the functional integrity of the building.

EIN: 046068806

Reports: Guidestar

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