720 Pequot Avenue  Southport, CT 06890-1496  |  203.259.0346

Pequot Library

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science &
the Humanities to our Community

Susan Ei
Children's Librarian
(203) 259-0346 ext. 18
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Annual Children's Events

Kids’ Candymaking Workshop

CandymakingValentine’s Day candymaking is one of the most popular programs offered by the Children’s Department. Kids and their grownups come together once a year to make delicious and professional-looking, shaped chocolates. While the candy sets in molds, children create and decorate paper gift boxes for the chocolates—complete with fancy candy paper linings and paper grass stuffing. Kids end up with a beautiful and impressive package that they are delighted and proud to offer up for a special family treat.

 

Teams will be formed consisting of two children plus adult. We can pair you as needed or you may request partnerships. Registration is required, and begins in January. We can accommodate a maximum number of 70 kids, so call (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and more information. Don’t delay because this one fills up fast!

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Roll on the Great Lawn

 

 

Easter Egg Roll

Following a White House tradition since the 1870s, the Library has hosted its own Easter Egg Roll—one that has now become a Southport tradition. Children (ages 2 -12) with their families prepare for the event by dyeing their own eggs at the Library first. Participants must bring their own hard-boiled eggs for dyeing. Belle, our library rabbit, is on hand for this special occasion. And the Easter Bunny is here to greet our youngest patrons and lead the Bunny Hop outdoors to the Great Lawn. In age-category competitions, children use long-handled wooden spoons to roll their favorite egg across the finish line. Miss Susan challenges grownups in a final race before our Secret Service Agents (the voluntary corps of tweens/teens who help out at Library events) finish with a traditional race of their own. The Easter Egg Roll is an opportunity to welcome spring and the return of warmth together with friends and neighbors.
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(In case of bad weather, all activities including the egg roll, take place indoors.) No registration required. For more information, please call (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

NOTE: Be sure to bring your own hard-boiled eggs for dyeing.

 

 

Potluck Supper and Campout

Have you ever driven by the Library on a June evening and discovered a virtual city of tents spread about the Great Lawn? Have you wondered at the hordes of children frolicking across the grounds and a campfire glowing? It’s the annual Campout and Potluck Supper to mark the beginning of summer and Pequot Potluck SupperLibrary’s Summer Reading Programs. Every year, people gather for an evening which begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm (the Library contributes Stew Leonard’s fried chicken). Live music begins at 7pm, with other activities at hand such as: badminton, chalk art, parachute fun, and a limbo line. Children roast s’mores at the campfire for dessert or partake of treats from the ice cream truck which makes a welcome appearance. Parents can enjoy themselves and socialize while their children have a blast.

Many families pitch their tents (sometimes for the very first time!) and stay all night. This tradition has grown from three tents the first year to an average of 18 tents in recent years. Other families come just for the evening’s meal and festivities.
Campout

On display are materials relating to this year’s Summer Reading theme and Reading Game. Visit the Summer Reading tabledisplays to learn about the year’s programs for children, teens, and adults.

Registration is suggested as a courtesy, to coordinate potluck. Dinner and music move indoors in case of rain. Please call (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and for further information.

 

 

 

July 4 girlFourth of July Bike Parade

Every Fourth of July, rain or shine—(almost always shine!), participants of all ages arrive at the Five Corners in Southport Village with their decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons to form a parade. Led by a Fairfield Police bicycle escort, the parade kicks off at 10am sharp, with Belle, our library bunny, out in front. Destination: the Great Lawn of the Library, where fun awaits. Hot dogs and drinks are available—donations are appreciated. The activities include traditional sack races, a hula hoop contest, an American Revolution trivia contest (one quiz per family working together), and face painting for the little ones. All are welcome to start out this summer holiday with a morning celebrating our national heritage at the local level, in the spirit of community.

This event is free and no registration is needed. For more information, call (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Open House Party

Click here to view a fabulous video from the 2010 event!


Kick off your trick-or-treating with a fun-filled gathering at the Library first, for a chance to see friends and neighbors. Games and craft activities take place from 4:30 to 6:00pm on Halloween. Pizza and drinks available for purchase. No registration is needed. For further information, call the Children’s Department at (203) 259-0346 ext. 18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Holiday Library

Caroling Party and Open House

Pequot Library’s Caroling Party and Open House  ushers in the holiday season with an ever popular event that celebrates community, creativity, thoughtfulness, gratitude, and old-fashioned pleasures.  

Community/Tradition:


  • Caroling sing-along with members of the Southport Congregational Church Choir
  • Performance by Greens Farms Academy “Harbor Blues” Choral Group
  • Cider for kids, hot toddies for adults, and bonfire for all

Creativity:


  • Children’s crafts, ornament-making, cookie decorating, and mural art

Thoughtfulness/Gratitude:


  • Gift-giving—Individuals and families have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped children’s book to the Bridgeport Public Schools Libraries (recommendations for all ages from the CT Library Consortium are available at the Library and online). You may purchase one of our selections or a book of your choice and bring it to the party. If you prefer, you can have us make a purchase for you. Just ask for an order form at the front desk. It is also possible to make your selection at the party.
  • Helping our feathered friends—Children can assemble an outdoor pine cone birdseed feeder

Old-fashioned Fun:


  • Going for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon throughout the Village