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Clapp Memorial Library

Loan Periods and Renewals

Books and music CDs circulate for three weeks; films for one week. You may take out an unlimited amount of material unless others are also pursuing the same topic. Borrowers are encouraged to renew material if it is still needed as the due date approaches; this can be done in person or by e-mail.

Reference and Instruction
A professional librarian is always available to give individual help with reference questions, assignments, Internet research, and leisure reading suggestions. Librarians and teachers collaborate when classes come in for assignment-specific instruction on appropriate resources and search strategies.

Interlibrary Loan
Although our school's collection is selected to amply provide resources for class assignments, occasionally an interlibrary loan request is sent out. The library participates in the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS). Please see a librarian, who will assess your need, submit the form, and notify you by e-mail when the material arrives.

Machines, Supplies, Etc.
Computers and laptops are available for research, Web browsing, and e-mail. It is recommended that articles be e-mailed or downloaded, and it is also quite possible to take notes. Two printers, one in color, serve the computers. A small-volume, but multi-featured, copier/printer is near the entry. Librarians are benevolent in dispensing calculators, color markers, scissors, tape, staples, glue, rulers, and compliments. Students must purchase their own paper for projects.

McGoun Room
The McGoun Room upstairs houses the Writing Center, and is open throughout the day and evening for help. The room is also available for tutoring and film viewing.

About the library

Loan Periods and Renewals
Books and music CDs circulate for three weeks; films for one week. You may take out an unlimited amount of material unless others are also pursuing the same topic. Borrowers are encouraged to renew material if it is still needed as the due date approaches; this can be done in person or by e-mail.

Reference and Instruction
A professional librarian is always available to give individual help with reference questions, assignments, Internet research, and leisure reading suggestions. Librarians and teachers collaborate when classes come in for assignment-specific instruction on appropriate resources and search strategies.

Interlibrary Loan
Although our school's collection is selected to amply provide resources for class assignments, occasionally an interlibrary loan request is sent out. The library participates in the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS). Please see a librarian, who will assess your need, submit the form, and notify you by e-mail when the material arrives.

Machines, Supplies, Etc.
Computers and laptops are available for research, Web browsing, and e-mail. It is recommended that articles be e-mailed or downloaded, and it is also quite possible to take notes. Two printers, one in color, serve the computers. A small-volume, but multi-featured, copier/printer is near the entry. Librarians are benevolent in dispensing calculators, color markers, scissors, tape, staples, glue, rulers, and compliments. Students must purchase their own paper for projects.

McGoun Room
The McGoun Room upstairs houses the Writing Center, and is open throughout the day and evening for help. The room is also available for tutoring and film viewing.

Hours & Contact

Library Hours

Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, when Sat classes will meet
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, when classes meet
8:00 – 12:30 a.m.

Sunday
1:00 – 5:00 p.m., 6:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Contact the Library

Main Number: (413) 529-3225


Suggested Reading

Welcome to our suggested reading page. Here, we recommend books for students to read from our collection. Read for enjoyment! If you don't like a book, drop it and choose another - there are plenty of good books out there for you.

For even more recommendations, check out the links at the bottom of this page to helpful websites.


Harbor, by Lorraine Adams

A tremendously acclaimed novel of literary suspense, Harbor recounts the adventures of Aziz Arkoun who, at twenty-four, makes his way to America via the hold of an Algerian tanker. Though Aziz soon finds himself a community of fellow Algerians, their means of survival in this strange land begins to remind him of the dangerous world he was desperate to escape. "Captivating...intricately plotted and beautifully written...a remarkable act of artistic empathy." -New York Times Book Review

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky, by Ken Dornstein

A true story following the Lockerbie, Scotland, airplane disaster. "Hugely satisfying...[Dornstein's] journey...reveals not just the truth about the Dornstein brothers but about love, loss, and ultimately life's inescapable transience." -Boston Globe

Fine Just the Way It is, by Annie Proulx

"Annie Proulx is a genuine character - a true original. She has a shrewd understanding of people, a strong feel for landscape...and a wry sense of humor rather like Mark Twain's." -Los Angeles Times

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

"A writer worth treasuring...a major prose stylist... Sedaris can turn a rant into a thing of beauty... [It] made me laugh out loud more than anything else I've read this year." -Seattle Times

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

"The hero of Haddon's debut novel is 15-year-old Christopher Boone, an autistic math genius who has just discovered the dead body of his neighbor's poodle, Wellington. Wellington was killed with a garden fork, and Christopher decides that, like his idol Sherlock Holmes, he's going to find the killer...But there is another mystery involving Christopher's mother, who died two years ago...The mystery of Wellington's death begins to unveil the answers to questions in his own life, and Christopher, who is unable to grasp even the most basic emotions, struggles with the reality of a startling deception..." -Booklist

The Mango Season, by Amulya Malladi

"When she returns to India after seven years, Priya Rao, 27, faces the harsh reality of prejudice and culture clash. Besides religion, caste, and financial status, there is the matter of skin color...Hyderabad seems hotter and dirtier, and her family as intractable as ever, but mango season, the frenetic preparation of pickles and other delicacies...is her favorite time. Ma, a "super nag," quickly makes clear that it is time for her daughter to marry a "nice Indian boy"...from a family they have chosen... How can she tell them that she is engaged to her American lover? She has returned for that purpose, and to reconnect with home and family." -School Library Journal

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