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Teddy Bear Tea

Join us at the Library for a special tea party for children ages 2-5 and their favorite stuffed animals! Featuring a themed storytime and snacks, with drinks served in real ceramic teacups.

Thursday, June 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Sign-ups required – space is limited. Please call the Library at (203) 393-2103 to sign up and for more information about food/drink options.

A reception will be held on Saturday, April 10 with the local artists featured in our Arts@Clark! exhibit for June and July, Diane Chandler and Abbey Catalano.
Diane Chandler is an award-winning representational painter who resides in Wallingford, CT. After several years of focusing on portraits, she has been experimenting with other subjects; plants, trees, landscapes. She aspires to create arresting images that invoke a visceral reaction with viewers. 
Abbey Catalano just completed her junior year as a Ceramics major at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. Her work has been featured in several juried exhibitions at MASS Art. This past year she attended a week-long workshop in clay at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine as well as the National Conference for the Education on Ceramic Arts in Ohio. A resident of Hamden and graduate of Hamden Hall Country Day School, Abbey has participated in Clark Memorial Library’s Annual Summer Outdoor Exhibits in Bethany, CT for the past two years.
Diane’s oil paintings are on display in the Community Room downstairs; Abbey’s ceramic sculptures are in the display cabinets just outside the Community Room. Come to the reception for a chance to not only see their creations, but talk with the artists themselves!

Next week’s summer Makerspace activities will be
“Make Your Own Doorknob Hanger” on Wednesday, June 7th, 12:30 – 4:30 PM,
and “Perler Bead Saturday!” on Saturday, June 10th, 12:30 – 4:30 PM.
Children will color and decorate personalized doorknob hangers on Wednesday, and create designs using Perler beads to be fused into fun trinkets on Saturday.
We hope to see you there!

Croquet Our Way: a Bethany Event at Clark Memorial Library
538 Amity Road, Bethany, CT

Join the Friends of the Library and our local organization and business sponsors for a morning of fun, food, and fierce croquet competition in the Library garden.
Bid on items in our Silent Auction!

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Children and Families – Croquet, snacks & juice
$5 per individual – $15.00 per family

Croquet attire encouraged, summer hats welcome!

Rain Date: Saturday, June 24

Proceeds earned through Croquet Our Way will support the Library’s Pre-K – 12th Grade Summer Reading Program and Early Literacy Projects.

Remember, the deadline for the Fourth Annual Public Art Exhibit‘s Call For Artists is Thursday, June 15! If you are interested in taking part, you can find the Application Form and more information about the event on the Arts@Clark! page of the Library’s website. Applications should be submitted to; if you have any questions about the event or the application process, you can ask via the same email address or by calling the Library at 203-393-2103.

Clark Memorial Library’s children’s programming starts up again this week!
Throughout the summer, there will be morning Storytime sessions and unique Makerspace activities offered on Wednesday and Saturday of each week. Arts@Clark activities will be offered on Fridays, and the art displays in the Community room will remain available to visit. Be sure to check out the Calendar of Events to keep track of everything we have planned!

Our first Summer Makerspace activity, Spirograph Art, will take place on Saturday, June 3rd from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Children will create colorful spirograph designs that they can turn into cards or pendants!

Spirograph Art

Memorial Day

Clark Memorial Library wishes all of its patrons a peaceful and enjoyable holiday weekend. Remember to take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women we celebrate on Memorial Day.

There will be a pause in Clark Memorial Library’s children’s programming
from Tuesday May 16 through Wednesday May 31,
to give the staff time to prepare for our summer activities and programs.
Programming will resume on June 1.
The Library will continue to provide all other services during this period.
Keep an eye on the event calendar!