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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 Susan Ei, Children’s Librarian, at (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 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 Marianne Pysarchyk, MILS, 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.

Enid Munroe - 2013 Winner
Mrs. Munroe brought the idea of a community art show to Pequot Library over 16 years ago. Munroe was an inspiration to all as she volunteered to spearhead the Art Show’s inception. 17 years later Pequot’s Art Show has grown into a premiere creative event. Annually it brings in new artists and patrons alike. Art lovers travel to the weekend art experience from near and far, and Pequot Library benefits from its fundraising. Many people comment on loving to buy art from their friends and neighbors, to benefit Pequot Library. In 2007, Munroe began chairing the exhibits in Pequot Library’s Perkin Gallery. As a professional artist herself, she has a keen eye for both emerging and established artists. Munroe has been the curator of many exhibits for Pequot Library. Fine art exhibits in The Perkin Gallery have been diverse, top-quality, and again, bring in new members of the community. Patrons enjoy being immersed in fine art and photography either at an art opening or as they stroll through the gallery on their way to check out a book at the Front Desk.

Colin Green - 2012 Winner

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.

Graham & Jane Michener - 2013 Winners
Five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Michener launched one of the Pequot Library’s newest fundraisers, called “Derby Day.” Even though it serves as a fundraiser for Pequot Library, it is also a “friend raiser.” This imaginative event celebrates the Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn in Southport, CT.  The revenue from the fundraiser has steadily increased since its inception in 2009. The Michener’s developed the concept for this fundraiser based on the successful Derby parties they had for friends in their New York City apartment, prior to moving to Southport. They have chaired this event, and rallied volunteers to make it a great success.  2014 will mark, the 6th Annual Derby Party at Pequot Library. Mr. Michener has also been the Co-Chair of the Golf Outing, another library fundraiser for the past three years, and he is a Trustee on the Board. Mrs. Michener’s insights into what really matters and how to market fundraisers while building community have been invaluable.

Peter H. Ventriglia - 2012 Winner

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.

Doug Fried - 2013 Honoree
Fried has been a volunteer for the Pequot Library Book Sale since 1992, and has been chair or co-chair for 10 of those years. Pequot’s Summer Book Sale has grown from a tiny, one shelf, lobby book sale into, 54 years later, one of New England’s biggest and best. Fried’s humble dedication and tireless hours make his work appear seamless. He is responsible for all the book sales’ “Specials” and “Old and Interesting.” Fried chooses which books to capitalize on, and determines their value. His devotion to leading Pequot’s amazing team of over 200 book sale volunteers helps make the Summer Book Sale Pequot Library’s biggest fundraiser. Fried can be equally observed sitting quietly in front of a computer, punching in data to estimate a book’s value, as he can be seen sweating with the best of them on Pivot Day.