720 Pequot Avenue  Southport, CT 06890-1496  |  203.259.0346

Pequot Library

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science &
the Humanities to our Community

Ongoing Programs

The Barclay Classes: Manners, Social Skills and Ballroom Dance Classes

In the Barclay Classes, children learn so much more than dancing!

For generations The Barclay Classes have helped students grow into well-mannered young adults by helping them develop social skills, confidence and poise while having fun. The Barclay Classes program stresses the importance and practice of good manners and presents instruction in ballroom dancing. Dancing is used as the teaching vehicle using games to keep the children engaged. The basic ballroom dances are taught in the beginning grade and then each year new steps are added as the children move through the program. Being confident and relaxed with dancing will prove to make all social events for your child fun and enjoyable.

The program includes:Barclay Classes young couple

  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Phone Manners
  • Respectful Behavior & the Power of Please, Thank You, Excuse Me, After You
  • Pride in One's Appearance
  • Conversational Skills
  • Table Manners and Dining Courtesies
  • Manners for Personal Electronics
  • Good First Impressions and Introductions

Classes conducted on Ten Tuesdays between October and May--Grades 3-7

Ten Tuesday Afternoons and Early Evenings
Third Grade..........4:30pm - 5:30pm
Fourth Grade........6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grades..........7:15pm - 8:15pm

For enrollment information: (908) 232-8370 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information, visit: www.thebarclayclasses.com

Catch a Classic and a Slice: Family Book Clubs

catch_a_classicCatch a Classic and a Slice Family Book Clubs provide an opportunity for families to share a classic novel as a group with other families at the Library. The purpose of the program is to promote the tradition of reading together as a family, long after kids have outgrown the “picture book stage.” Families may choose to read aloud together or individually. Sometimes the abridged or illustrated versions are read by the youngest family members, allowing them to participate as well. Grownups in the family have the opportunity to catch a classic they may have missed, or reacquaint themselves with an old favorite to experience with their own children. Our discussions are intergenerational, and sometimes even involve grandparents.

Catch a Classic and a Slice has been meeting once a month during the school year since 2006. This group meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm. and alternates between reading a tried and true classic one month, and one that the group feels may BECOME a future classic, for the next. Copies are usually obtained for you from various local libraries.

Pizza and drinks will be ordered, so be sure to call in with the number of slices your family would like to reserve. While the program is free, donations are appreciated and registration is required. Call (203) 259-0346 ext. 16 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Kids Knit!

Beginning its seventh season, Kids Knit! Moms Welcome! is an ongoing knitting circle for children and mothers in fourth grade and up.4_kids_knitting Meetings are held twice monthly on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm from September through May, as the Library’s schedule permits. This is a drop-off program, but parents may attend if they wish.

Library staffers who knit provide the instruction to the group. Basic stitches are taught and projects which support that level are encouraged. As progress is made, new stitches and more complicated projects can be undertaken individually.

Beginners are always welcome to join at any time. As new knitters often need support, children are welcome to come into the Library to “resolve” knitting problems when they occur between meetings.


This is a free program, but registration is required. Call (203) 259-0346 ext. 16 or further information. Please see current schedule on Upcoming Events page.

Newcomers, please bring:

Size 11 or 13 short (8-10 inches long) wooden needles

A 200-yd. skein of non-fuzzy, bulky yarn




Teaching the next generation

confidence, poise and good manners






Life-long social skills:


·       Making a good first impression

·       Table through technology decorum

·       Manners in diverse social situations

·       The art of polite conversation

Proper introductions & interviewing techniques