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Pequot Library In Fairfield Receives Grants For School Outreach Programs

Students experience rare books from Pequot Library's Special Collections during a school outreach initiative program. In order to host all of its school outreach programs, the library receives leadership grants.
Students experience rare books from Pequot Library's Special Collections during a school outreach initiative program. In order to host all of its school outreach programs, the library receives leadership grants. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- In order to host all of its school outreach programs, Pequot Library in Fairfield receives leadership grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and support from Pequot Runners and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Since the fall of 2014, Pequot Library has welcomed 1,192 students in grades K-12, and college, from 15 different schools in Fairfield and Bridgeport.

In addition, Pequot Library is home to more than 30,000 items in its Special Collections.

Through tailored, educational, and interdisciplinary field trips, the school outreach program shares rare books from the past with the students of Fairfield and beyond.

Students experience a tour of Pequot Library, including its history and architecture, led by a core group of volunteers. The students then explore exhibitions featuring archival material from the Special Collections, and engage in a hands-on art project or interactive performance. These immersions synthesize what they have learned during their visit with what they are learning in the classroom.

To reach new audiences, Pequot Library recently expanded the school outreach program to engage under-resourced students in arts and cultural experiences through multi-entry educational programming. Through these partnerships, students visited Pequot to explore scarce and unique materials regarding Shakespeare and Native Americans.

An upcoming program at the library is the exhibition "Pages from Pequot: The Birds and the Bees - Preserving Their Habitat," which runs from Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. to Monday, Aug. 8. To learn more about the Pequot Library and about its upcoming exhibition, click here.

All classes and programs at the library are open to everyone. For more information, call (203) 259-0346, Ext. 15.

The Pequot Library is at 720 Pequot Ave. in Fairfield.

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