News Published: Jun 1, 2018 - 5:31:30 AM

Pequot Library's Miss Susan's Potluck and Campout kicks off summer reading challenge

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Southport, CT – The public is invited to Pequot Library’s Great Lawn on Friday, June 8, 2018, for the 13th annual potluck, outdoor concert, and campout to kick off its summer reading program. This favorite community event is now held in memory of Susan Ei, long-time Children’s Librarian at Pequot Library. It is free, open to all, and takes place on Pequot Library's one-of-a-kind expansive front lawn. Throughout the evening attendees can sit and listen to the music or roast s'mores by a campfire, tell ghost stories, and enjoy fun lawn activities including badminton and playing with a huge spinnaker from a sailboat.

Potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m. At 7:15 p.m. the outdoor concert begins with the Merwin Mountain Band, a group formed by four neighbors in Fairfield, CT. The band came together because they were drawn to the music they all grew up with: Motown, country, rock 'n' roll, pop standards, and jazz. With two guitars, three-part harmonies, and the occasional bongos, the Merwin Mountain Band offers brilliant interpretations of a diverse song list. To sign up for the potluck, please visit For more information contact or (203) 259-0346 ext. 116.

Families are invited to stay until 9:00 p.m. for the Big Pillow Fight, or pitch their tents and camp out all night on the Great Lawn. The public is welcome to come for any part of the evening.

The community can also learn about Pequot Library’s children, teen, and adult 2018 Summer Reading Challenge: Libraries Rock! while enjoying the early summer evening at Pequot Library. "This year's reading challenge is engaging, fun, and open to all ages," says Children's Librarian Jane Manners. “It’s a game really, with an exciting end-of-the summer party celebration out on the Great Lawn on August 28, complete with prizes for all those who have finished the challenge. After the August party, and in keeping with the Summer Reading music theme, there will be an outdoor showing of the movie musical Coco, which will be open to the public.”

Garden Catering is the event sponsor.

Pequot Library’s public programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield.

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