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Pequot Library

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

Docent Program & Art of the Book

lynne with open rare book in reading roomDOCENT PROGRAM
Pequot Library is home to more than 30,000 rare books and materials in our Special Collections. Through tailored, educational, inter-disciplinary field trips, we bring treasures of the past to the students of our community. Interested in bringing literature, art, and the humanities to life for local students? Become a Pequot Library Docent!

Docents are volunteers who are trained to lead students in grades K-12 through tours of Pequot Library's history and architecture and/or materials on display from our Special Collections. Docents engage students through lively, interactive discussion, and a hands-on approach to learning while conveying the warmth that Pequot Library is known for.  

Pequot Library's Docent Program offers the opportunity to experience first-hand the items from our Special Collections while engaging young minds with treasures they won't find anyplace else. Click on the links below for more information plus application form.

Prospective Docent Information Session



From Saint Gregory’s letters of the 12th century, the oldest book in the Library, to the Kelmscott Press of the late 19th century, this collection chronicles the history of printing throughout the centuries. Included in the collection are illuminated manuscripts, books printed by the private presses, for example, Kelmscott, Doves, and Golden Cockerell, and books featuring wood engravings by Edward Burne-Jones, Eric Gill, Clare Leighton, and Barry Moser. For information about access and guidelines, please click here.



Never Saying A Word
by Barry Moser

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
by Mark Twain
Published in West Hatfield, Mass
by the Pennyroyal Press, 1985



Miss Sophia's Testament


Country Matters
by Clare Leighton 
Published by the
Macmillan Company, 1937



Woman with Flowers
by Clare Leighton 
Published by the Macmillan Company, 1937



The Ideal Book
Published in London 
by the Doves Press, 1900







The Knyghtes Tale
Engraved by Edward Burne-Jones
From The Kelmscott Chaucer
Published by The Kelmscott Press, 1896










St. Gregory’s Letters
St. Gregory’s Letters was written in the 
12th century in Latin and French.