Special Events

Derby Day

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

The Southport Garden Stroll, one of Pequot Library’s signature fundraisers, features exciting events and activities showcasing some of Southport’s finest private gardens. The festivities begin with an intimate cocktail party. The celebration continues the next day with garden tours, engaging conversations, food trucks, rosé sold by the glass, live music, raffle items, vendor displays, and more!

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Special Collections Exhibition

Waste Not: Preservation at Play
On view June 20 – September 21, 2024

Inspired by recycling initiatives, Waste Not examines the ways that book creators and owners have reused materials available to them, made their own “folk repairs,” used books to preserve botanial specimens, or otherwise given new purpose to books. Explore a diverse selection of Special Collections books dating back to 1570, while considering the value of reuse and preservation of resources in a culture built on disposability.

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Summer Book Sale

63rd Annual Summer Book Sale | July 26-30, 2024

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.

Admission is free. All Sale proceeds support Pequot Library.

Biography | CDs | DVDs | Children’s Books | Cookbooks | Fiction & Classics | Magazines| History | LPs | Mystery | Signed Books | and MORE

Book Sale Hours
Friday, July 26: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday-Monday, July 27-29: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Advance sales of our rarest items begins online in July.

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Serve the Community

Special Events are a vital component of Pequot Library’s fundraising efforts, helping the Library to raise about 80% of its annual operating costs. Each fundraising event – from galas to book sales – is an opportunity to engage and serve the community, as well as fund the books, services, programs, and exhibitions offered for free at Pequot Library throughout the year.

Book Sales

There is no admission charge for the sales, and all proceeds support our lending library services, our robust roster of programs and events, our Special Collections exhibitions, and our School Outreach tours. Books and media are generously donated year-round in the Shed off the Library parking lot.

Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale

Forgo the crowds the days after Thanksgiving and browse new items and gently used materials that are purposefully displayed at this sale with gift-giving in mind.

Midwinter Book Sale

Come in from the cold and browse for books in a cozy, intimate environment. Our February sale features fiction/classics, mystery, biography, history, cookbooks, LPs, children’s books, CDs/DVDs, signed books, and yearly specials.

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Art Show

The Art Show highlights art from the community with a weeklong display of paintings, photography, and 3D works in the Auditorium, along with a Gala, artist party, and workshops and lectures for kids and adults.

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