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Learn How To Be A Docent At Pequot Library

Volunteer docent Lynne Van Winkle shows a rare book from the Pequot Library's Special Collections to students in the reading room.
Volunteer docent Lynne Van Winkle shows a rare book from the Pequot Library's Special Collections to students in the reading room. Photo Credit: Contributed

SOUTHPORT, Conn. -- The Pequot Library is hosting a prospective docent information session from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

The institution is home to more than 30,000 rare books and materials in its special collections. Through tailored, educational, inter-disciplinary field trips, Pequot docents bring treasures of the past to the students in the community.

Those interested in bringing literature, art, and the humanities to local students can come learn more about the training process and meet current Pequot docents and staff while enjoying coffee and snacks.

Pequot docents are volunteers who are trained to lead students in grades K-12 through tours of Pequot Library's history and architecture or materials on display from the special collections. Docents engage students through discussion and a hands-on approach to learning. Pequot Library's docent program offers the opportunity to experience first-hand the items from the special collections while engaging young minds with treasures they won't find anyplace else.

At the session, the public can learn more about the docent volunteer program, hear from Executive Director Stephanie Coakley and tour the 127-year-old library, including seeing the donated Tiffany windows and glass-floored Mezzanine.

RSVP for the session to Jean Kaul at kaul@pequotlibrary.org.

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