An Artful Approach

Summer 2020/The New Normal at Clark Memorial Library

Engage. Connect. Grow..

 “Integrating the arts more fully into our lives enriches each of us, and because engaging in the arts brings individuals together, it fosters community. Art and artists aren’t only in museums or concert halls — they are all around us. Every one of us has the ability to create and to imagine a way to make our neighborhoods healthier or stronger.”  

Robert L. Lynch,  President and CEO of Americans for the Arts

During Summer 2020 Clark Memorial Library is offering art opportunities for all – including courses both live and virtual, visual interactions with award winning books,  thoughtful movie experiences and storytimes — and a public art exhibition. Libraries are unique in their ability to both encourage and elaborate community strengths – and for Clark Memorial Library and the Bethany Library Association that means we are able to fulfill our mission.  Join us this summer as we invite the entire Bethany Community to Engage, Connect and Grow.

New and expanded services: 

  • Clark@Curbside is available now for the CML collection — access to materials from all of the LION consortium libraries begins July 6.

  • Release your inner artist with our new database CreativeBug –  thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.


Stitches with Sheila

 Learn to cross stitch with needlework expert and BLA board member Sheila Lane on Saturday July 25th and Saturday August 1 at 2:30 PM.  Limit of 10 participants and cross stitch kit will be available for pick up after registering. Register here.


 Watch for Miss Dorothy’s Make and Take Craft Projects on our Curbside table from July 6 – August 15.  Check the Children’s page each week  at for more details.

Miss Dorothy’s Poem Phone

Call this special telephone number on Wednesdays between 2:30 and 3:30 to have a live conversation with Miss Dorothy. She has chosen special poems, riddles and jokes to share with you!  203-612-0282





Visiting Librarian and children’s book expert Deborah White will present Artists to Know — two sessions for all ages with selections of award winning children’s books that highlight the lives of artists who were also considered social activists through their work.  Ms. White has worked extensively with museums, school districts and public libraries to support art education.
Virtual Community Room Thursday July 9 and Thursday August 6 at 4:00 PM.(Suggested for grades 3-adults.)
July 9 –   Jean-Michel Basquiat   –  Selections will include: Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe –  2017 Caldecott Medal Award and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award  Register here.
August 6 –  Faith Ringgold – Selections will include: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold – 1992 Caldecott Honor Award and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.  Register Here.


Join Tom Nolan, CML staff member for lively film experiences — Sunday Movies — afternoons July 12th and Aug 2.  Register here.


Drop into Storytimes with Miss Dorothy in the Virtual Community Room Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 (suggested for ages 2-6) . Register here.


Drive-By Public Art Exhibit

Sunday August 9 from 1-5 PM
Special thanks to organizers and local artists Liz Scott and James Vanderberg
.In this moment of social-distancing, the “new normal” is a term we hear again and again.  What does it mean to be “normal” in this time of constant change, anxiety and separation from the things that we hold dear?  How can we find new ways to connect with each other?
As artists we are charged with being a lens to the current cultural experience of our times.  This experience is one of isolation, confusion and fear.  However, it can also be one of hope, optimism for the future and a deep desire to connect with others.
In coordination with the Clark Memorial Library, we are organizing an out of doors, drive by art exhibition that can be viewed from the safety of  vehicles. Works of art will be displayed along the Clark Memorial Library lawn, driveway, parking lot and various areas of the outside of the building. Local artists will be presenting works in a variety of mediums and installations.