Wednesday was "Daniel Snydacker Day" in Fairfield, as the Board of Selectmen honored the executive director of the Pequot Library, who is stepping down after eight years.

"This is a high honor," Snydacker said. "It's been a very real privilege to serve not just the library, but the whole town; the whole region. I'm very touched."

Snydacker will continue to work part-time at the library, concentrating on the Southport library's prized collection of rare and vintage books. "I hope to really bring that collection to the public," he said.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau recalled his first experiences at the Pequot Library when, as a 4- and 5-year-old attending the nearby Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, he would also "sit under that big tree and get stories read to us," he said.

Selectman Kevin Kiley said the Pequot Library is "a great model" for others.; 203-556-2771;