Ludlowe students see rare books up close and personal at Pequot

On Friday, March 18, 30 Fairfield Ludlowe High School students, from English and theater classes, participated in a school outreach program at Pequot Library. The students were given a Historical/Architectural Tour of the more than 125-year-old library, plus an exhibitions tour in the Reading Room, an exhibitions tour in The Perkin Gallery, and an Art Project consisting of written responses to the exhibition.

The school visit is part of Pequot’s school outreach initiative bringing local schools into Pequot Library for a customized field trip to experience a Special Collections exhibition up close and personal. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Pequot’s current exhibition is Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare and features items from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books and materials. The exhibition will run until May 6, 2016. It is open during normal library hours, admission is free.

During the field trip high school English students created iambic pentameter poems and read them aloud on Pequot Library’s stage. Also in the Auditorium, theater students put the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet into modern language and performed their contemporary versions for everyone.

The students were most excited about seeing the glass floor in the Mezzanine and seeing the actual Fourth Folio of Shakespeare from 1685.

Please visit pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Romeo and Juliet on Pequot Library's stage during a school outreach field trip to Pequot Library.

Romeo and Juliet on Pequot Library’s stage during a school outreach field trip to Pequot Library.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School students view the exhibition, Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare, in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School students view the exhibition, Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare, in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library.

A Fairfield Ludlowe High School student holds the Noroton facsimile of Shakespeare's First Folio during a school outreach field trip to Pequot Library to view, up close and personal the exhibition of rare books, Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare.

A Fairfield Ludlowe High School student holds the Noroton facsimile of Shakespeare’s First Folio during a school outreach field trip to Pequot Library to view, up close and personal the exhibition of rare books, Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare.

Peering into the Rare Book Case in the Reading Room of Pequot Library, Fairfield Ludlowe High School students catch a rare sighting of the 331 year old Fourth Folio of Shakespeare.

Peering into the Rare Book Case in the Reading Room of Pequot Library, Fairfield Ludlowe High School students catch a rare sighting of the 331 year old Fourth Folio of Shakespeare.

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