Upcoming Exhibitions

October 7, 2021 - February 3, 2022

Magic, Mayhem, and Maturity: The Growth of Youth Fantasy Literature

Drawing on materials from the Children’s Historical Collection and the modern circulating collection, this exhibition examines the emergence and evolution of youth fantasy literature. Oftentimes, stories from this genre use magic as a metaphor for the turbulent transition from childhood to adulthood. Spanning fairy tales from 19th century works like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz to more modern stories like Harry Potter, Children of Blood and Bone and The Gilded Ones, this exhibition further explores how these stories have evolved to tackle this transition in a more frank manner and, significantly, to embrace all voices.

February 17 - May 5, 2022

[Her]story: Women's Roles Through History

Pequot Library presents an exhibition on the evolution of the roles of women in society from the 1700s forward. Selected items from the Library’s Special Collections will reveal the impressive accomplishments of women over time, highlighting local and national figures such as Ella Grasso, Mabel Osgood Wright, and Amelia Earhart. Join Pequot Library for a walk through Colonial America, the Gilded Age, the Women’s Suffrage movement, World War employment, and into modern life. Exploring through text, visual representations, and fashion, follow visionary women through [her]story and bear witness to their strength and resilience, as they move from pedestals to protests, from boredom to boardroom, to lead and to love.