Each fall, Clark Memorial Library runs a fundraiser to support ongoing library services. The Library is not a municipal department, but it is a town asset, administered by the nonprofit Bethany Library Association. The Library receives a grant from the Town of Bethany that contributes to overall expenses, but a significant amount of our operating expenses are covered by additional grants and fundraising.
Your donations are put to work immediately to support new and ongoing library services, from updating our physical collection and providing access to a range of digital resources to running our Makerspace, seasonal programming, and art displays!
Click on the link below to download a pledge form, which can either be mailed in or dropped off at the Library in person. For additional donation options – including PayPal, which accepts both credit and debit cards – visit our Support Us! page. Any gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated.
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.
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!
Eat, Drink and Enjoy! Please join us for an All-Day Valentine’s Love Your Library Event. Thursday, February 16, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at The Country Corner Diner at 756 Amity Road, Bethany. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 20% of all meal tickets all day will go to support our local Clark Memorial Library.
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.