Kevin King | Phantom

phantomOn Tuesday February 28th, local author Kevin King will read from his recently published novel Phantom.  The reading will begin at 7:00 pm in The Class of 1945 Library’s Rockefeller Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

King’s novel Phantom is set in Boston during the turn of the century; it’s “A story of hopeless love – a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger – and impossible love – his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer.” His first novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night,  is set at Fenway Park and “imagines a late-night baseball game bankrolled by Henry Ford, pitting Dizzy Dean’s all-white all-stars against Satchel Paige’s black all-stars.”

For more information about Phantom and Kevin King visit Open Books.

Fake News and Information Literacy

As purveyors, collectors, and guardians of information, librarians around the country have been howtospotfakenewsreexamining their teaching of information and media literacy as students and patrons struggle with defining and identifying “fake news.”  Librarians at the Class of 1945 Library attended a one-day conference at Phillips Andover last week titled Libraries in a Post-Truth World  in which we discussed how librarians and educators can increase their efforts in teaching students how to critically evaluate information.

So how can you as a social media user identify fake news?  Here are a few key resources to get you started:

  • Fake News guide – tips and resources for evaluating news and social media content.

Lamont Poet Afaa Michael Weaver

On Wednesday, February 15th, the Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library concludes its 2016–2017 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet Afaa Michael Weaver. Weaver’s early poetry wweaveras influenced by the Black Arts Movement and the poetry of Lucille Clifton, a 1987 Lamont Poet.  His first collection of poetry, Water Song (1985), was ten years in the making.  Since Water Song, Weaver has published several additional collections of poetry, including City of Eternal Spring (2014), winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Poetry; The Government of Nature (2013), for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Award; The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (2007); Multitudes (2000); and The Ten Lights of God (2000). His full-length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia. His short fiction appears in multiple anthologies, including Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present (1997).

Weaver has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, a 2002 Fulbright Scholar appointment to Taiwan, and is a three-time Pushcart prize winner. His teaching career includes appointments at Essex County College, Seton Hall Law School, CUNY, NYU, and Rutgers University. He was a member of Cave Canem’s first faculty and in 1998 became the first “Elder” of the Cave Canem organization. Weaver is currently the Simmons College Alumnae Professor of English and on the faculty of Drew University’s MFA program.

The reading will be held at 7:30pm in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is free and open to the public.

MLK and John Lewis’ March

As part of the Academy’s Martin Luther King celebration, the Library has put together a small exhibit on John Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy March and the 1957 comic that inspired it, Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story.

March, a graphic novel trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is as the publisher describes a “first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

The graphic novel was conceived after Lewis told his Congressional Aide Andrew Aydin, a lover of comic books, about the impact the 1957 Martin Luther King comic had on him as a young man.  Aydin suggested that Lewis write his own comic to which Lewis agreed, with the stipulation that Aydin co-author.

After viewing the exhibit, discover other related works housed in the Library’s collections.

Falling for Emily Dickinson

emilydickinsonwithcreditWith the generous donations through the Ellis Anvil Fund, Phillips Exeter Academy presents Jay O’Callahan’s Falling for Emily Dickinson.  

This evening’s show is his story, Falling for Emily Dickinson, about Emily Dickinson, the creative process and art. The event will be held in Rockefeller Hall in The Class of 1945 Library on Wednesday January 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Jay O’Callahan, author, storyteller and workshop leader has performed his stories in New Zealand, Lincoln Center, The Abbey Theater in Dublin,  Africa, the National Fine Arts Complex in London and throughout the United States.  He was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for performance excellence. His work has been heard on National Public Radio. Jay has been commissioned to write stories by various groups including NASA to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Quebec Labrador Foundation, Lehigh University and The Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jay’s newest stories include Falling for Emily Dickinson and Don Quixote and My Daughter Laura. Time Magazine called his work “genius”.

Books for Break

newbooksLooking for something to read during your holiday travels or want to curl up with a good book as you relax over break? Come to the Library before you leave campus to check out books from our new books, fiction, audio books, or graphic novels collections. Use our Leisure Reading guide for a quick listing of new books available in Rockefeller Hall or find quick links to awards and reviews sites.

Want suggestions for titles in a particular genre or a read-alike (something similar to your favorite author or title)? Try out Novelist*, an online reader’s advisory service.

Can’t make it into the library before you head out? No problem. Below is a list of resources for digital magazines, e-books, and audiobooks.

*requires PEA login

Game Night Fun

This past Saturday the Class of 1945 Library hosted its 5th annual Game Night event.  In the Library Commons, people danced together to a variety of Just Dance songs, while other groups tried their hand at Monopoly and poker. The new third floor group study rooms became gaming stations for rotating groups playing FIFA, NBA 2k17, Mario Kart, and Smash Bros. In Rockefeller Hall, the crowd was entertained the majority of the night with some impromptu piano playing.  Thank you to the three unnamed students who kept the music going!

The library staff would like to thank everyone who helped and participated in our 5th annual Game Night at the Library.  We hope that all the students who attended had a fun and enjoyable night out.