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Fairfield's Pequot Library Honors Top Volunteers For Their Hours Of Work

Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera were given The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award.
Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera were given The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Several members of the Fairfield community were recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to Pequot Library at its annual meeting last month.

The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award was presented to Roberta Gagne and Sandy Zera.

Gagne has been volunteering six hours a week, 50 weeks of the year, for nine years at the library. She sorts, prices and boxes more than 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.

“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," Gagne said. 

Zera has been volunteering 20 to 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, and wine.

She also sorts videos, unpacks and shelves donated books for Pequot library’s three fundraising book sales, and she teaches new volunteers the ropes.

“I love being here! I love the people and have made wonderful friends," Zera said. "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 posthumously to Arthur Sesselberg Jr.

Sesselberg helped out with every Pequot Library Summer Book Sale for the past 20 years. Most visibly, he was the person who supplied the starter's cannon, which is fired at 9 a.m. to commence the Summer Book Sale.

He was Book Sale chair for several years, and every year, he and his son Harry serviced the tractors and other gear needed for Pivot Day before the library's huge Summer Book Sale.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to sisters Claire, Madeline, and Emma Langdon for their volunteer work in the 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 children ages 9 to 12, and gave eight exhibition tours during the year of rare books and manuscripts from the library's Special Collections to visiting school groups.

They have been volunteering at Pequot Library for four years.

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