Pequot Library announces Volunteers of the Year

At Pequot Library’s annual meeting, Sunday, Oct. 23, several members of the Fairfield community were recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to the 127-year-old public association library.

The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award was presented to Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera. Roberta Gagne has been volunteering six hours a week, 50 weeks of the year, for 9 years. She sorts, prices, and boxes over 400 boxes of donated children’s books annually, and she chooses and displays the rotating books in Pequot Library’s monthly themed Lobby Book Sale. Mrs. Gagne says, “As I handle each donated book I think of the joy and knowledge it will bring the child who will read that book, be read by the adult, or be gifted that book.”

Sandy Zera has been volunteering 20-30 hours a week, 50 weeks out of the year, for six years. She takes care of sorting and pricing donated books on music, education, crafts and hobbies, puzzles and games, wine, plus she sorts videos, shelves and unboxes donated books for Pequot library’s three fundraising book sales, and she teaches new volunteers the ropes. Mrs. Zera says, “I love being here! I love the people and have made wonderful friends, Pequot Library is the best a library can be, and we are like a family.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hoyt O. Perry, Jr. Award, was presented to Arthur Sesselberg, Jr, posthumously. Art Sesselberg helped out with every Pequot Library Summer Book Sale for the past 20 years. Most visibly, he was the guy who supplied the starter’s cannon, which is fired 9:00am to commence the Summer Book Sale. He was Book Sale Chair for several years but as importantly, every year, he and his son Harry service the tractors and other gear needed for Pivot Day before Pequot library’s huge Summer Book Sale. As a book sale pricer and sorter, he managed the automotive and maritime categories and kept the sale well-stocked with autographed books by John Grisham from his former daytime job at Doubleday. He was a Trustee of the library for many years, and headed up the Rare Book Committee, where he helped bring order to the inventory and set policies on managing the library’s collection. He will be greatly missed.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to sisters Claire, Madeline, and Emma Langdon for their volunteer work in Pequot Library’s Docent Program and as Program Leaders for a summer workshop for children. The young students researched and presented a Medieval Arts Workshop week-long summer program for ages 9 – 12, and gave eight exhibition tours during the year of rare books and manuscripts from Pequot Library’s Special Collections to visiting school groups. The tours were of: Exploring America: Christopher Columbus; The Birds and the Bees: Preserving Their Habitat; and Pages from Pequot: Uncovering Shakespeare. They have been volunteering at Pequot Library for four years. During the fiscal year 2015 – 2016 each young woman devoted 49 hours for a total of 147 annual volunteer hours. Congratulations to all!

At Pequot Library’s Annual Meeting Sean Kelly was voted onto the Board of Trustees, Class of 2019. Kelly is an award-winning art director and illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek and The Atlantic. He has received honors from the Society of Illustrators and the National  Cartoonists Society. Sean leads creativity seminars that teach corporate groups how to be more innovative, and has lectured at Columbia University, Fairfield University and the Fairfield Museum & History Center. He has been featured on News12, in The Connecticut Post and Fairfield Magazine, which named him one of Fairfield’s “25 Most Intriguing People.” A graduate of Brown University, Sean was a Getty Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 15.

Elizabeth Sesselberg receiving her son, Arthur Sesselberg's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hoyt O. Perry Award, at Pequot Library's annual meeting, with her is Doug Fried, chairman of Book Sales at Pequot Library.

Elizabeth Sesselberg receiving her son, Arthur Sesselberg’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hoyt O. Perry Award, at Pequot Library’s annual meeting, with her is Doug Fried, chairman of Book Sales at Pequot Library.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to three sisters, Madeline, Emma, and Claire Langdon, with them is Pequot Library's Executive Director, Stephanie J. Coakley.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to three sisters, Madeline, Emma, and Claire Langdon, with them is Pequot Library’s Executive Director, Stephanie J. Coakley.

The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award was given to Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera honoring their dedication to Pequot Library's fundraising book sales.

The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award was given to Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera honoring their dedication to Pequot Library’s fundraising book sales.

Sean Kelly was voted onto Pequot Library's Board of Trustees, Class of 2019.

Sean Kelly was voted onto Pequot Library’s Board of Trustees, Class of 2019.

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