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Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
~Sam Ewing

Sometimes the best way to help Pequot is by “turning up your sleeves” and pitching in! Volunteers are essential to the running of Pequot Library, both in conjunction with events and programs and with the day-to-day workings of the Library. Help is needed in all areas, and whether you have a couple hours a year to give or a couple hours a week, we’ll happily accept what you have to give! Below are some of the ways you can “turn up your sleeves” and lend a hand at Pequot Library.

 

Book Sales

The Library uses volunteers in many areas, but, by far, the most popular is for our Book Sale. More than 60 volunteers come to the Library throughout the year to process the donated books. These “pricers and sorters” diligently examine each book, assigning it a price and a category so that visitors can easily find the kinds of books they are looking for. They are joined by more than 150 additional volunteers in the days leading up to the Sale itself. If you are interested in helping as a volunteer at the Book Sale, call the Library at (203) 259-0346 ext. 13 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Other Special Events

Other volunteers help at our many special events (Art Show, Golf Outing, Derby Party) and seasonal events (Caroling Party, Fourth of July Parade, Halloween program, etc.) at the Library. If you are interested in helping at any of these events, please call Victoria Konopka at (203) 259-0346 ext. 13 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Children’s Department

To volunteer in the Children’s Department by helping with setting up and running programs, housekeeping, and in collection management tasks, call Children’s Librarian, at (203) 259-0346 ext. 16 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Library Services

A small group of trained volunteers help the Library staff with re-shelving books, shelf-reading, and processing incoming books. If you are interested in going through the training and are willing to commit to a year’s service to the Library, call Christine Catallo, at (203) 259-0346 ext. 19 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Volunteer Awards:

Hoyt O. Perry, Jr. Award (for Life-Time Service to Pequot Library)

About the Award: Each year the Hoyt O. Perry, Jr. Award is given to the person who, like Hop, has given a lifetime of service and support to Pequot Library. It was first awarded in 2004 to its namesake, Hop Perry, who served the Library in many ways: as a Trustee, as Board President, as leader of the Book Sale, as a hard working volunteer, as a PLA Member, and as a friend.

Volunteer of the Year Award

About the Award: The Volunteer of the Year award is given to a volunteer, who over the past year, has done yeoman’s work for the Library. Selecting the recipient for this award is hard work as well, as we have so many valuable volunteers.

Crane-Wood Book Sale Award

About the Award: The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award is named for Stanley Crane, long-time Director of the Pequot Library, and Fred Wood (former owner of the Open Book Shop.) At the first official Book Sale in 1961, Crane and Wood sorted and priced donated books and library discards, assisted by a handful of volunteers. The award is given to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Book Sale which continues to be Pequot Library’s most successful fundraising event.