Mission: Pequot library's mission is to bring culture to life, including literature, art, science and the humanities. The library serves a broad and diverse audience and throughout the year offers a circulating collection of books and media, organizes a changing schedule of art and history exhibitions, presents numerous music performances and education programs for all ages.
Programs: Pequot library (pequot), a public association library is a center for civic pride where community members come to gather in a unique intergenerational environment of learning and culture. For over 125 years, pequot has served the public as a thriving educational and cultural pillar of fairfield county. Housed in a late 19th-century romanesque-revival building designed by noted american architect robert h. Robertson with a modest 1970s addition and a great lawn for numerous outdoor activities, pequot provides library services to all ages inspired by its important collection of early americana found as part of its special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. In fy2017 program attendance totaled 25,849 and another 80,180 patrons were served by library services on-site and online for a total of 106,029 visitors (25,849 program attendees, 24,759 patrons used library services in person, and 55,421 visited the library online). The library's professional staff and nearly 200 volunteers organized over 500 public programs, including concerts, exhibitions, workshops, book discussions, author talks, scholarly presentations, lectures, and numerous children's literacy programs, for our community. The library also collaborates with the two public libraries in town, local schools, and countless other peer organizations in the area. In 2017 pequot presented 27 music concerts, 11 art and history installations and exhibitions, 154 literary programs, 8 community-wide traditions, including the holiday caroling party, easter egg roll, and the summer potluck and campout. The library served 21 different school groups last year as part of its newly expanded school outreach initiative. Area k-12 school teachers are also served as part of the books for teachers program which provides free books to over 300 teachers working in underserved neighborhoods in bridgeport and new haven.