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July 17, 2013

Best Bets for Wednesday, July 17

Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

Discover the world of gentle, non-flying, non-stinging, wingless beasts at Peabody Institute Library's Mini-Beast Menagerie. Children will each receive a magnifying glass to better observe their friends and make a fun insect-related craft. The program, which is geared for children ages 3 and up, is part of the library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program. The event will be held at 11 a.m. inside the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Advance registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

Dress up in a tutu then sashay to Ipswich Town Hall to hear children's author David Ira Rottenberg read “Gwendolyn Goes to Hollywood,” and watch the North Shore Performing Arts Center perform the story as a ballet. The event is part of the Ipswich Public Library's summer programming. Ipswich Town Hall is at 25 Green St. For more information, call 978-412-8713.

Students can show off their talents during Pingree School's Open Mike Night for Teens, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the outdoor Hedge Garden behind Pingree School. Sign-ups for comedians, instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers, dancers and other performers in middle and high school will be held at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or buy food from vendors. For more information, call 978-468-4415, ext. 233, or visit The school is at 537 Highland St. in Hamilton.

Celebrate local book clubs at 6:30 p.m., when Peabody Institute Library in Danvers hosts a reception for anyone who belongs to a book club or is interested in joining or starting a book club. Mingle with members of other book groups and explore the library's book club options. Following the reception at 7 p.m., author Daphne Kalotay will read from her latest novel, “Sight Reading.” The Spirit of '76 Bookstore will be at the event selling copies of her book. The library is located at 15 Sylvan St. in Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-0554.

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