Who Was Mary E. Clark?
One of the more frequently asked questions at the library, given its street address of 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, is this: Who was Mary E. Clark and why does she have a street named after her?
Mary E. Clark was both a Library Trustee and an important member of the Friends of the Library. She was instrumental in organizing and running the Hollyhock Thrift Shop for many years. She also was in charge of the flowers in the window boxes at the "old" library, a logical outgrowth of her love for gardening. And she helped out at the library in many other ways including running it for a period between Directors. But her single most significant contribution was the bequest of the proceeds from the sale of her home on Main Street for use by the library. Interest from the Mary E. Clark Fund has provided the library with many special items that it would not have been able to afford otherwise.
The first library software system was purchased with Mary Clark Fund money. The most recent benefit of Mrs. Clark's generous donation is the new DVD collection that is now available for borrowing. Funds from her bequest were used for many furnishings on the recently opened second floor as well. Her many contributions to the library, including the fund, keep on giving and giving and giving.