Updates regarding the Friends of the Library and events they sponsor.
Arts@Clark! and Clark Memorial Library are proud to present the Fourth Annual Public Art Exhibit! The event will take place on Sunday, August 6th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, and is free to attend; parking will be available at the Bethany First Church of Christ (511 Amity Road) and Bethany Historical Society (512 Amity Road).
This free outdoor exhibit will feature works by local artists in painting, sculpture, drawing, quilts, pottery, site-specific installation and more on the Library grounds in scenic Bethany Connecticut. It is part of Clark Memorial Library’s summer programming and exemplifies its mission to Engage, Connect, and Grow.
This year’s theme of “All Together Now” celebrates how the arts create opportunities to connect and share the unique nature of Bethany in a lively, supportive outdoor experience. Join us as we come together for an afternoon of art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and baked goods. We hope to see you there!
You can support Clark Memorial Library by taking part in the Friends of the LibraryRaffle & Silent Auction, which will be running through July 31! Stop by the table at the bottom of the main staircase to purchase raffle tickets. To the left of the table is a set of shelves where you can participate in the auction: just write your name and bid(s) on the yellow form paired with the item(s) you want.
Yarn Barn Gift Certificate & Mohair/Cotton Yarn
"Spring Willow" Oil Painting
"Lilac" Oil Painting
Marek's Septic Service Gift Certificate
Bird Feeding Kit
Progressions Hair Salon Gift Certificate
The Write Approach 40-Piece Stationery Set & Pen
Swiss Army Brand Computer Carrying Case
Green Glass Beaded Necklace
Country Corner Diner Gift Certificate
Pink Ceramic Pendant Necklace On Black Silk Cord
William Morris "Seaweed" Drop Earrings
Spa Gift Basket
Teddy B’s Gift Certificate
Palace Theater Gift Certificate
Blackhorse Equestrian Center Private Riding Lesson Gift Certificates
All proceeds from both the raffle and the auction will support the Library’s Pre-K – 12th Grade Summer Reading Program and Early Literacy Projects.
There are four special activities taking place this summer at Clark Memorial Library: the Friends of the Library’s Croquet Our Way event on June 17th, our Teddy Bear Tea children’s event on June 22nd, the All Together Now! House-Building Project in July, and the Fourth Annual Public Art Exhibit on August 6th. Make sure to keep them all in mind as the summer continues, and check the Calendar of Events for ongoing programs and other local events, too!
Croquet Our Way Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Join the Friends of the Library for croquet, snacks, and a silent auction! $5 per individual – $15.00 per family
Teddy Bear Tea Thursday, June 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM A tea party for children and their favorite stuffed animals! Sign-ups required – space is limited.
All Together Now! House-Building Project July 19-22 & 26-29 A special Makerspace program – build a dream house and watch it become part of “Clarkville”!
Fourth Annual Public Art Exhibit Sunday, August 6, 1:00 – 5:00 PM A free community event celebrating the Bethany community and local artists. This year’s theme is “All Together Now”
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.
The Friends of the Library have added a historical photo of Amity Road as it appeared in 1908 to the wall of the nook that will hold their resources once the Library’s renovations are complete. The road is made of dirt and there are fewer trees, but the hill leading up towards Christ Episcopal Church and the First Church of Christ is still recognizable; the building that now houses Clark Memorial Library (sans extension) was constructed in the open area on the left from 1936 into 1937. Feel free to stop by and see the photo in person – and take the opportunity to grab a Friends of the Library membership application!
Check out the assortment of books now for sale in the Library’s foyer! You can purchase them either by leaving the correct amount in the payment jar on the small table to the left of the book display, or speaking to the librarian at the main desk upstairs.
The Bethany Library Association thanks the Friends of the Library for providing funds that cover the cost of charging electric vehicles at the library charging station for the entire calendar year of 2022.
The EV charging station installation was made possible by a generous grant from the Connecticut Clean Cities Coalition and is a part of the Library’s strategic plan focus on sustainability in community services. We are grateful to the Friends for their support of the Library Board’s vision and far-reaching efforts to help provide clean energy access for the Bethany Community.
For more information about the Friends or the charging station, please contact Gayle Bogel, Library Director at 203-393-2103 during library hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.