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First summer reading event set for Wednesday in Orange

ORANGE — Local school children have been briefed on this year’s summer reading program.

Children’s Librarian Candy Cross, and her assistants, Dr. Platypus and Dr. Flowerpus, have visited every classroom to let the students know about all the events happening at Wheeler Memorial Library now that school is out.

There are at least three events each week starting this week through Aug. 14, along with free reading logs, stickers, a variety of prizes to be earned through time spent reading, and the annual readers’ gift to the Orange Food Pantry. This gift, funded mainly through the Friends of the Orange Libraries, is determined by the amount of time the children spend reading. Last year, the children read 1,332 hours which raised $500 for the Orange Food Pantry.

Sign-up for “FIZZ, BOOM, READ,” has already begun. Some workshops require registration because of limited space. While registration is suggested, nonregistered participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-admitted basis. All these activities are funded through the Family of Betty Watkins, the Friends of the Orange Libraries, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Valuing Our Children. This means the community is invited to every event free of charge.

The first Summer Reading Program event is a funny play performed by University of New Hampshire’s student theater troupe on Wednesday at 6. These college students will bring laughter and delight through several Mark Twain plays including “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The play will occur on the library’s side lawn or at the Orange Town Hall if it is raining.

A schedule of events is available at the library at 978-544-2495, ext. 103 or online:

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