Get to Know Pequot Library!

April 2024

Visit Pequot Library

Pequot Library Association is a vital destination library and cultural hub serving a broad community of readers since 1889. Located in the historic Southport village in Fairfield, Pequot Library is open to all.

Hours and Holidays

Check out a book

Pequot Library’s services and circulating collection of more than 110,000 items are available to anyone with a Connecticut library card.

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Attend a Program

With nearly 500 programs each year for visitors of all ages, there is truly something for everyone.

Selected Programs in April
April 3 | Library Giving DayMusic and Movement for Wigglers Storytime (10:30 a.m.), Southport Historic Walking Tour (2:00 p.m.), and a Performance by Yale University a capella group Mixed Company with a tasting by Litchfield Distillery (6:00 p.m.)
April 4 – Sea Shanty Festival, featuring top sea shanty performers from New England and bartenders mixing “grog,” based on a British naval recipe inspired by author Patrick O’Brian (6:00 p.m.)
April 12-13 – Making Our Places & Spaces Safer for Birds, a symposium featuring speakers from Dark Sky Initiative, Yale Peabody Museum, Lights Out Connecticut, Connecticut State Representatives, and more.
April 18 – Meet the Author: Mae Bunseng Taing and James Taing, authors of the new memoir Under the Naga Tail: A True Story of Survival, Bravery, and Escape from the Cambodian Genocide (6:00 p.m.)
April 25 – Meet the Author: Dava Sobel, author of Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (6:00 p.m.)

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Learn Something New

Explore Pequot Library’s Special Collections featuring important and rare works that highlight the history of the United States and much more. Enjoy the spring exhibition, Charting Your Course: Cutting Edge Navigation and Seafaring, about the history of maritime navigation, on view through May 11, 2024.

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Support Pequot Library

Every year, Pequot Library raises nearly 80% of its operating funds from fundraisers, grants, and direct donations from friends like you. Every donation counts! Your gift directly supports our books, our programs, our exhibitions, our historic building, and everything we do as a cultural beacon for the Fairfield community.

Library Giving Day | Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Support Pequot Library on Library Giving Day, a one-day, fundraising event in the United States and Canada encouraging people who depend on and love public libraries to donate to their individual library systems. Every year, Pequot Library circulates nearly 25,000 books and eBooks to thousands of patrons from our Fairfield and Southport community. On average, books cost $20-25 each and eBooks cost $60 each. Every dollar you donate on Library Giving Day—Wednesday, April 3—will directly help the library purchase more books and eBooks for readers of all ages.

A Special Thank You
When you donate $50 or more on Library Giving Day or anytime this April, Pequot Library will send you a special library sticker as a token of our gratitude—perfect for proudly showing your support of this community treasure!

Pequot Library Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public association library that relies on private support for about 80% of its annual operating budget. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Pequot Library today.

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Save the Dates

Fundraisers for Pequot Library

Derby Day

Saturday, May 4
4:00 p.m.

Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn with festive tailgates. Watch the “Run for the Roses” on the big screen in the auditorium, and celebrate with Kentucky fare and an open bar in the Main Tent. Keep the party going with DJ Rob during the after-party.

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Southport Garden Stroll

Thursday, June 6
6:00 p.m. | Cocktail Kickoff Party

Friday, June 7
8:30 a.m. | Coffee and Conversation
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Southport Garden Stroll
3:30 -4:30 p.m. | Closing Party on the Great Lawn

The Southport Garden Stroll, one of Pequot Library’s signature fundraisers, features exciting events and activities showcasing some of Southport’s finest private gardens.

Summer Book Sale

Friday, July 26 – Tuesday, July 30

One of the largest book sales in New England, our Summer Book Sale draws book lovers from near and far with a selection of over 100,000 items in over 50 categories. The five-day sale is held in large tents on the Great Lawn and parking lot and in the Auditorium and Reading Room of the Library.