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Annual Children's Events
Kids’ Candymaking Workshop
Valentine’s Day candymaking is one of the most popular programs offered by the Children’s Department. Kids and their grownups come together once a year to make delicious and professional-looking, shaped chocolates. While the candy sets in molds, children create and decorate paper gift boxes for the chocolates—complete with fancy candy paper linings and paper grass stuffing. Kids end up with a beautiful and impressive package that they are delighted and proud to offer up for a special family treat.
Easter Egg Roll
Following a White House tradition since the 1870s, the Library has hosted its own Easter Egg Roll—one that has now become a Southport tradition. Children (ages 2 -12) with their families prepare for the event by dyeing their own eggs at the Library first. Participants must bring their own hard-boiled eggs for dyeing. Belle, our library rabbit, is on hand for this special occasion. And the Easter Bunny is here to greet our youngest patrons and lead the Bunny Hop outdoors to the Great Lawn. In age-category competitions, children use long-handled wooden spoons to roll their favorite egg across the finish line. Grownups enjoy a final race before our Secret Service Agents (the voluntary corps of tweens/teens who help out at Library events) finish with a traditional race of their own. The Easter Egg Roll is an opportunity to welcome spring and the return of warmth together with friends and neighbors.
NOTE: Be sure to bring your own hard-boiled eggs for dyeing.
Potluck Supper and Campout
Have you ever driven by the Library on a June evening and discovered a virtual city of tents spread about the Great Lawn? Have you wondered at the hordes of children frolicking across the grounds and a campfire glowing? It’s the annual Campout and Potluck Supper to mark the beginning of summer and Pequot Library’s Summer Reading Programs. Every year, people gather for an evening which begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm (the Library contributes fried chicken, compliments of Whole Foods Market). Live music begins at 7:15pm, with other activities at hand such as: badminton, chalk art, parachute fun, and a limbo line. Children roast s’mores at the campfire for dessert or partake of treats from the ice cream truck which makes a welcome appearance. The Big Pillow Fight takes place at 9:00pm. Don't forget to bring a pillow, grownups included! Parents can enjoy themselves and socialize while their children have a blast.
Many families pitch their tents (sometimes for the very first time!) and stay all night. This tradition has grown from three tents the first year to an average of 18 tents in recent years. Other families come just for the evening’s meal and festivities.
On display are materials relating to this year’s Summer Reading theme and Reading Game. Visit the Summer Reading table displays to learn about the year’s programs for children, teens, and adults.
Fourth of July Bike Parade
Every Fourth of July, rain or shine—(almost always shine!), participants of all ages arrive at the Five Corners in Southport Village with their decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons to form a parade. Led by a Fairfield Police bicycle escort, the parade kicks off at 10am sharp, with Belle, our library bunny, out in front. Destination: the Great Lawn of the Library, where fun awaits. Hot dogs and drinks are available—donations are appreciated. The activities include traditional sack races, a hula hoop contest, an American Revolution trivia contest (one quiz per family working together), and face painting for the little ones. All are welcome to start out this summer holiday with a morning celebrating our national heritage at the local level, in the spirit of community.
Costumed People/Pet Parade and Halloween Fun
Caroling Party and Open House
Pequot Library’s Caroling Party and Open House ushers in the holiday season with an ever popular event that celebrates community, creativity, thoughtfulness, gratitude, and old-fashioned pleasures.
- Caroling sing-along with members of the Southport Congregational Church Choir
- Performance by Greens Farms Academy “Harbor Blues” Choral Group
- Cider for kids, hot toddies for adults, and bonfire for all
- Children’s crafts, ornament-making, cookie decorating, and mural art
- Gift-giving—Individuals and families have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped children’s book to the Bridgeport Public Schools Libraries (recommendations for all ages from the CT Library Consortium are available at the Library and online). You may purchase one of our selections or a book of your choice and bring it to the party. If you prefer, you can have us make a purchase for you. Just ask for an order form at the front desk. It is also possible to make your selection at the party.
- Helping our feathered friends—Children can assemble an outdoor pine cone birdseed feeder
- Going for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon throughout the Village