Category Archives: Events

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!

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.

Clark Memorial Library will be participating in the annual Great Give event on Wednesday May 3rd and Thursday May 4th. The Great Give is a 36-hour online fundraising event created by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in 2010, and unites donors with nonprofits serving Greater New Haven in a fun and engaging way. It raises money and awareness for many causes important to our region, with valuable matching funds and prizes from The Community Foundation, the Valley Community Foundation and other generous sponsors. Please visit the Bethany Library Association’s donation page on the Great Give website during the event to support Clark Memorial Library with a donation – any amount helps!

Bethany Rid Litter Day 2023
Many hands can accomplish amazing things
For info email

Rid Litter Day is an annual event meant to foster community involvement in cleaning up Bethany. This year it will take place on April 22, from 9AM – 12PM.
You can sign up to participate on; please commit to a road/neighborhood (as individuals or as a group) on the signup sheet. For more information, please email Gloves and bags will be available for pickup at the Library on Friday, April 21, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.