The public will have the opportunity to experience an exhibition tour and page turning of rare books during a special event, Folios First: Uncovering Shakespeare, on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Pequot Library. This program is free and open to the public, with registration encouraged online at


The term “folio,”, is a term for a common method of arranging sheets of paper into book form. Shakespeare folios from the earliest days of printing were often used for expensive, prestigious volumes. In the Seventeenth Century, plays of the English Renaissance theatre were printed as collected editions in folio. Thirty-six of Shakespeare’s plays were included in the First Folio collected edition of 1623, which was followed by additional folio editions, referred to as the Second Folio, etc. This year celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and Pequot Library created a three-month exhibition to commemorate this anniversary.

For one night only, join Pequot Library to see its Shakespeare Folio collection from the 1600s and explore Uncovering Shakespeare, an exhibition containing historic Pequot Library material from its Special Collections written by and related to Shakespeare and his work. The materials on view March 12 and in this exhibition have not been seen at Pequot Library for at least a quarter of a century.


Take a night to see why Shakespeare’s Folios are so wonderful; look at King Lear and Othello from the First Folio, and complete Second, Third, and Fourth Folios all printed in the 1600s and bequeathed to Pequot Library by Dean Edmonds in the 1970s. Enjoy customized insights by Director, Heather-Marie Montilla, and Special Collections Consultant, Elizabeth Beaudin, PhD, as they tour the public through Pequot Library’s Perkin Gallery and Reading Room, while conducting page turnings of the rare book material.

Please visit 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. For more area information

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