Fall 2019 Lamont Poet Arthur Sze

Phillips Exeter Academy  opens its 2019-2020 Lamont Poetry Series on Wednesday, November 6th with a reading by award-winning poet and translator Arthur Sze.

Sze is the author of nine books of poetry, including Compass Rose (2014); The Ginkgo Light (2009); Quipu (2005); and The Redshifting Web (1998). He is also the translator of The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese and editor of Chinese Writers on Writing.

Sze has received numerous awards and honors, including an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Western States Book Award for Translation, grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sze is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was the first poet laureate of Sante Fe, New Mexico. Educated at the University of California-Berkeley, Sze has been the Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, the Doenges Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin College, and spent residencies at universities such as Brown, Bard College, and the Naropa Institute.

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.

New Ebook Collection Honors Memory of Instructor Polly N. MacMullen ’76

Philip H. Loughlin III ’57, ’76 (Hon.) recently established a permanent library fund in memory of Polly MacMullen, a 1976 Phillips Exeter Academy graduate and Instructor in Modern Languages.  By endowing the Priscilla (Polly) MacMullen, Class of 1976, Library Fund, Loughlin hopes to honor Polly’s love of reading and learning in others.  According to Loughlin, Polly was “an avid reader of fiction” and “valued recreational/leisure reading for the pure enjoyment it brought, along with the added benefit of enriching her life stories.”

Loughlin’s gift supports the Academy Library’s new digital reading platform OverDrive. With OverDrive, members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community have access to fiction and nonfiction titles ranging from the classics to the latest bestsellers.  Polly “delighted in reading and re-reading the classics” and “depended on audiobooks to get her through long drives,” making this leisure reading collection of ebooks and audiobooks a fitting tribute.

The initial OverDrive collection contains over 180 titles that can be accessed by members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  By downloading OverDrive’s companion app, Sora, users can browse the collection, and “borrow” a title to read or listen to on their own device. Users may suggest future titles to be added to OverDrive through the Library Acquisitions Request form.

To get started with Sora, please see this brief guide (pdf).

This article first appeared in Class of 1945 Library fall newsletter.

LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBTQ History month, an observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender history and gay rights. October also includes National Coming Out Day (October 11), the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death (October 12), anniversary of the first LGBT March on Washington (October 14), and Spirit Day (October 17).

In celebration of LGBTQ History month, the Library is highlighting a few titles in our collection related to LGBTQ history and gay rights.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the attempts made to remove or restrict books in libraries, schools, and universities. In 2018 the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reported 483 books that were challenged or banned in the United States. Listed below are this year’s Top 11 Most Challenged Books* along with links to the stories of the censorship they faced.

#1. George by Alex Gino

#2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

#3. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

#4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

#5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

#6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

#7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

#8. Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner

#9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

#10. and #11. This Day in June and Two Boys Kissing

“Traditionally the ALA releases a Top Ten List within the State of America’s Libraries Report each April. This year 11 books were selected, since two titles were tied for the final position on the list, and both books were burned by a religious activist to protest a Pride event” (American Library Association).

Welcome to the Library

Welcome to the Class of 1945 Library.

We are looking forward to meeting new Exonians this fall and introducing them to all that the Library has to offer.

On move-in day Wednesday, the Library will be open from 8am-4pm. See our hours page for more information.

Need a break from unpacking?  Stop by the Library Commons on the ground floor for complimentary coffee or cocoa from our Starbucks coffee station, hop on the wifi, or relax with a morning newspaper, board game, or good book.

Or if you have a little more time, take a self-guided tour of the building designed by world-renowned Louis Kahn, and browse the Campus Life In the Beginning  and Alumni Authors exhibits located on the ground and first floors.

In the coming weeks, all preps will visit the Library for an orientation with their English 100 classes.  New lowers, uppers, and seniors are encouraged to stop by on their own to meet Library staff who are happy to answer questions about our services, collections, and spaces.