Clark Memorial Library

Small town takes a great community project

Small Great Things:  A Community Reading Beyond the Cover

Imagine if every Bethany adult and teen read the same book.  The opportunities to connect with your neighbor would increase tremendously.  Even more so, everyone would have the chance to use the shared experience to grow together.  With the financial assistance of the CT Humanities, the Bethany Community School, the Bethany Lions Club, The Friends of the Bethany Library, Heart of Bethany, and other local partners, we are able to invite all Bethany adults and teens to read and discuss Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel Small Great Things.  Set in New Haven and involving three distinctive characters, this legal thriller delves into the contemporary issues of prejudice and justice.

Throughout the fall, we are offering programs for all ages and facilitated discussions of the book’s themes.

Kick-off of the community reading is Tues, Sept 11.  Pick up a copy of the book at the library or from one of our partners.  We will be serving refreshments all day and having hourly raffle drawings with the book checkout your raffle ticket.   Pick up a schedule of our Small Great Things:  A Community Reading Beyond the Cover at the library or around town.The town-wide book discussion is Thursday, Oct 11 from 6 to 8 pm and includes a pizza supper.  The supper and discussion will take place at the Bethany Community School, 44 Peck Rd.  Community Mediation Inc will facilitate the discussion. Babysitting will be provided.

Below is a listing of scheduled programs.  Unless specified, all programs take place at the Clark Memorial Library.  Participants must register for all programs at (203) 393-2103.

  • Sept 11 All Day. Kickoff!  Get the book at the library and automatically you are entered into our hourly raffle!

  • Oct 11    6-8 p.m. Townwide potluck and book discussion at Bethany Community School.

  • Oct 16    6:30 p.m. Rooting For Tarzan:  The socialization of Whites and Blacks in America

  • Oct 20    10:30 a.m. Stowe Salon:  Justice in Connecticut

  • Nov 17    2 p.m. Road to Justice-a Role Playing Game for teens.


Request for Qualifications – Energy Efficiency Project

The Bethany Library Association (BLA) is seeking to engage an Architectural /Engineering Consulting team to provide architectural design and mechanical & electrical engineering services associated with the preparation of plans, specifications and bidding documents for energy efficiency improvements at the Clark Memorial Library in Bethany, CT. Please click on this link and the Request for Qualifications will open in a new window:a-e-rfq-clark-lib_120816-1.

In order to receive addendum and other information regarding this RFQ, if any, interested firms should email with the firm name and contact person.

Donald W. Smith, Jr., P.E.
Consulting Engineer
56 Greenwood Cr.
Seymour, CT 06483
(203) 888-4904


Adult and teen visionaries wanted!

The Bethany Library Association is recruiting new members to join us as we grow a thoughtful learning and knowledge center for Bethany.  Our library’s mission is to Engage. Connect. Grow. It is the purpose of the Bethany Library Association to strategically govern the library in manner which will serve the community as a whole.   
The Bethany Library Association was founded in 1930 as a non-profit organization made up of Bethany townspeople for the purpose of acquiring and circulating books and other holdings as a service to Bethany residents. As a private nonprofit the Association operates and maintains the Clark Memorial Library  as the public library for the Bethany.  The Association receives annual grants from the town of Bethany and the state of Connecticut while also raising its own operational income from donations through an annual drive and other development initiatives.
Noyes Clark donated the Clark Memorial Library in 1936. In 1995, a major addition was built that more than tripled the size of the original building. The building project was made possible by the donations of hundreds of Bethany’s generous citizens, businesses, and organizations. In its objective to provide Bethany residents with information, educational, and recreational literary materials, the library strives to provide relevant technology and programming to encourage life long learning.
Members of the Bethany Library Association share the responsibilities of:
  • Planning for the future of the Library, setting long-term strategic direction and goals.
  • Approving and monitoring the Library’s annual budget, and ongoing fiscal health.
  • Conducting the annual fundraising drive to support the library.
  • Acting as an advocate for the Library and a liaison to the public, organizations, and public officials.
  • Overseeing the maintenance of land and buildings for library purposes.
  • Studying the needs and interests of the community and ensuring they are addressed when considering library services and policies.
The Bethany Library Association does have renewable term limits of two year terms, renewable up to three consecutive times.  Our monthly meeting is held every fourth Tuesday at 7:30 pm.  All members serve on two of our three standing committees, as well.  Members may choose from Governance, Development, and Building and Grounds.  These committees do have meetings as well.  Additionally all members are expected to attend major library events and to donate to our annual drive.
The most important qualification to serve on the Bethany Library Association is to have a passion for the power of the public library to transform lives and communities.


Changes to Interlibrary Loans

After Saturday June 26 patrons will notice a difference when requesting interlibrary loans.  This is because the statewide catalog known as Request will no longer be available.  The Interlibrary Loan page will still be available on iConn and we will still work with other libraries to get patron requests filled.  Remember as a member of the Libraries Online/LION Consortium we already have direct access to over 30 libraries for all sorts of library items.  Begin searching for a desired item on our  catalog and then the LION catalog.
Why is this happening and how long will it last?  Due to a reduction in funding of nearly $100,000 in this fiscal year and in each of the next two fiscal years, the State Librarian decided to discontinue the current statewide catalog and interlibrary loan service (reQuest) on July 1, 2015. The State Library’s Division of Library Development is working with Bibliomation, a regional library network in Connecticut, to implement a new system by the Fall of 2015.
So while we wait for the new catalog to come online, patrons will be directed to one of the below directories to search for an item that is not available through LION.  Here’s a listing of those directories.  They will be hyperlinked on the iConn Interlibrary Loan page after July 1, 2015. We will provide an online form for patrons to submit interlibrary loan requests.  This form will be on our catalog page of the website.  And, of course, patrons are welcome to visit or call the library to submit requests.  Our number is 203 393-2103.

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