Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion
Anti-Racism Lesson Plan from Teaching Tolerance
By Any Means Necessary: Facing Injustice Past and Present Lesson Plan from Teaching Tolerance
Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism from ADL
There is No Neutral on Racism or Hate: Back to School for White Educators by Kathleen Osta, National Equity Project
For White Teachers in the Times of #BlackLivesMatter
Anti-bias Education from childpeacebooks.org
Educational Resources and Further Reading
‘Raising White Kids’ Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race from NPR
Q&A with Tiffany Jewell: THIS BOOK IS ANTI-RACIST from We Need Diverse Books
How white parents should talk to their young kids about race by Melinda Wenner Moyer
What White Children Need to Know About Race from the National Association of Independent Schools
Embrace Race: Resource Guide
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Books from Social Justice Books
The 1619 Project from The New York Times
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity from World Trust
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change by Barack Obama
Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism by Kathleen Osta and Hugh Vasquez, National Equity Project
The Brown Bookshelf
Explore Pequot Library
Explore Pequot Library, an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, through our virtual building and history tour.
After taking a virtual tour, dig a little deeper with these activities for grades K-6.
Picture Pequot Library (Grades K-6)
Create your own version of Pequot Library! Draw, paint, build; use technology or recycled materials; the options are endless! Use your creativity to put your own spin on Fairfield’s iconic library building.
Library Shape Hunt (Grades K-2)
Learn how shapes create patterns in architecture by identifying and counting the circles, squares, triangles, and other geometric forms found in Pequot Library’s building design. Which shapes do you see the most? How can shapes be used to design other types of buildings? For an add-on activity, combine with ‘Picture Pequot’ and let your creativity flow!
Primary Source Analysis: Photographs
Take a step back in time to explore what Pequot Library was like during the 19th century. Using worksheets from the National Archives, analyze historic photos to learn about Pequot’s history. Compare images from Pequot’s past to images of the library from today, while considering what has changed and what has stayed the same.
Lesson Plan_Pequot Library Then and Now (Grades 3-6)
Analyze historic photographs from Pequot Library’s Southport Picture File, using worksheets from the National Archives. Grades K-6.
Worksheets from the National Archives:
Photo Analysis Worksheet for Novice or Younger Students, or Those Learning English
Tiffany and Company Stained Glass Windows
In the Stacks at Pequot Library, you will find our iconic Tiffany & Co. stained glass windows. Completed in 1898, they were a gift of Southport resident Mary Catherine Hull Wakeman, in memory of her daughter, Catherine Hull Wakeman Taintor. The windows – a “triptych” (which means there are three pieces) – were designed by Edward Peck Sperry and were included in the Tiffany Studio catalog of 1910.
Create a Coat of Arms (Grades K-6)
Create a coat of arms that tells a story about your family.
Create Tissue Paper Stained Glass Windows (Grades K-2)
Early Literacy Programs
Learning about the Library (Grades K-2)
Learn about the ways in which the library serves the community, how books are organized at the library, and how to check books out from the library. Suggested activities for students included.
*Live* Librarian Storytime and Chat!
Want to learn more about the library? Zoom with us! Pequot Librarians read stories about the library and answer questions about what it’s like to be a librarian. For more information or to schedule your live Librarian Storytime and Chat, contact email@example.com.
Learning about the Library Activities and Resources
After watching the Learning about the Library video, check out our list of suggested hands-on activities and resources for students:
Adventures in Art
Children learn about the world’s great artists and their works by looking at and discussing art, reading and listening to stories, and creating their own artwork inspired by the masters. Grades K-6.
Bind Your Own Book
There are as many types of books as there are readers. What do books mean to you? Follow along to create a binding for a book that inspires you. Grades K-12.
Bind Your Own Book Activity
For an added layer of interest, create beautifully decorated endpapers for your book with our “Make Marbled Paper” activity. This can also be done as a stand-alone activity and is suitable for all ages.
To learn about the history of bookbinding, check out the guide to our past Special Collections exhibition, Cover to Cover: How People Bind Their Books:Explore the Cover to Cover Exhibition Guide
Let Pequot Library’s Special Collections inspire your writing! What do you see, think, and wonder about this illustration from one of our early edition books? Observe and then write a story about what the scene means to you. For grades K-12.
Illustration Inspiration (Grades K-6)
Illustration Inspiration_Merry Wives of Windsor (Grades 6-12)
To learn more about this and other materials from Pequot Library’s Shakespeare collection, take a look at the guide to our previous exhibition, Uncovering Shakespeare.Explore the Uncovering Shakespeare Exhibition Guide
Books have featured illustration since the beginning of bookmaking, from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels. In this lesson, students explore how illustration enhances the reading experience by looking at and discussing early edition illustrated works by William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe Library from Pequot Library’s Special Collections. Students will view illustrations as they appear alongside text and discuss the ways in which artists have interpreted iconic literary works. They will then choose a passage and create their own illustration that reflects their interpretation of the text, or select an illustration and write a new, unique passage that reflects the illustration in their own words and voice. Grades 9-12.
Analyzing Primary Sources: Posters
Analyze materials from Pequot Library’s rich collection of WWI posters, using materials from the National Archives. Grades 6-12.
Scientific discovery in Egypt between the late 18th and early 20th centuries sparked a fascination with the country, its landscapes, art, architecture, and culture among people in the west. Egyptian-inspired designs, or motifs, were reflected in western architecture, art, and culture. We call this enthusiasm related to ancient Egypt Egyptomania. Grades 5-8.
In this lesson, students will view 19th century photographs and illustrations of Egypt from Pequot Library’s Special Collections, then create a work or art or writing inspired by what they’ve seen.
See our exhibition guide to learn more about Pequot Library’s Special Collections exhibition, Egyptomania: The Western Fascination with Egypt.Explore the Egyptomania Exhibition Guide
George vs. George
It’s time for trivia! Which of these statements is about George Washington and which is about King George III? Find a moderator, gather your trivia team, and get to work on these fun (and interesting!) facts! Grades 3-5.
Interested in learning more about the American Revolutionary War? Check out the educator guide for our Special Collections exhibition, Riot, Sedition, and Insurrection: Media and the Road to the American Revolution, to learn about the media landscape in the thirteen colonies leading up to the war.Explore the Riot, Sedition, Insurrection Exhibition Guide
Special Collections Exhibitions and Related Activities
Missed an exhibition? Click the link below to see the list of all of our previous exhibitions and corresponding exhibition guides.
For related activities, and to inquire about future exhibitions and PK-12 school tours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Past Exhibitions