Pequot Library is home to more than 30,000 rare books and materials in the Special Collections. Through tailored, educational, inter-disciplinary field trips, our treasures of the past are brought to the students of our community. Pequot Library’s school tours engage students in arts and cultural experiences through interdisciplinary, hands-on education programming.
Each program is planned in conjunction with an exhibition from our Special Collections of archives, rare books, and manuscripts, and also includes contemporary books and artwork that highlight a subject’s relevance to modern life and culture. Special Collections exhibitions have included Native Americans, Black Poets and Writers, Exploring: Columbus, Uncovering Shakespeare, and Poe and Witches -- Gazing at the Dark Side.
School tours include Special Collections Exhibitions Tours, Pequot Library History and Architecture Tour, and the option to include a Hands-on Art Project. In small groups, students in grades PreK-12 learn about Pequot Library, explore our exhibitions, and engage in discussions that deepen their understanding and curiosity about the subject matter and materials on display. Library docents encourage students to think about these subjects in new ways and share their perspectives on the subjects and their relevance to modern culture and society. Students then create art inspired by the works that they have explored. In addition to tours of our Special Collections materials, we offer stand alone tours of Pequot Library that highlight the history of the library and our founders, as well as the architecture of the building. School tours at Pequot Library offer a unique opportunity for students to explore primary source materials from our rich collection in a manner that is engaging and hands-on.
For more information about upcoming Special Collections exhibitions, please visit Pequot Library’s Calendar of Events.