FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Susan Ei, the beloved children's librarian at the Pequot Library in Fairfield for the past 12 years who known for her "reading ambassador bunnies," has died. She was 64.
Known as "Miss Susan" to scores of children, Ei joined Pequot Library in March 2003.
"She excelled at creating exciting and unique events that centered on celebrating community and togetherness, like the Annual Potluck Supper and Campout, the Easter Egg Roll, and the 4th of July Bike Parade & Lawn Games," the Pequot Library said in a statement.
"She inspired children to explore with programs about science experiments, dog training, and bee-keeping. She ignited a passion for reading in kids of all ages with storytimes, interactive Summer Reading programs, and personalized book recommendations."
Ei had a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She and her assistant, Belle the Bunny, touched the lives of countless children and their parents with their special reading program.
"Susan's legacy will carry on with the Read to Blossom program, which she started many years ago with Pequot Library's first two bunnies, Puff and Belle," the statement said. "Susan and her three reading ambassador bunnies helped countless young readers build confidence with their budding literacy skills and engaged even the littlest library visitors eager to visit the bunny each time they came to Pequot Library."
Born in Detroit on April 3, 1952, she is survived by her daughters, Lily Ei Zalon and Annie June Zalon; her husband Paul Zalon; and her siblings, David Ei, Carol DeJong, Ellen Masta and Philip Willson.
Services will be held at The Unitarian Church of Westport at 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, on Thursday, April 6, at 1 p.m. All are welcome.
The Pequot Library will be closed Thursday in honor of her longstanding commitment and dedication to the library and to allow her colleagues and patrons to attend her memorial service.
"Susan was generous, intelligent, free-spirited, caring, and adventurous. She was a cowgirl at heart, and she will be dearly missed by her Pequot Library family," the statement said.