Anti-Racism Resources

With numerous anti-racism resources and booklists being shared across various social media channels, we wanted to let you know that the Library is here to assist and support you in locating and accessing titles of interest.

Below is a list of e-books and audiobooks currently available in our OverDrive/Sora collection.  In addition we have included a list of resources being shared amongst libraries and educational organizations.

If you learn about a title we currently do not have in our collection, please let us know and we will do our best to help you get access to this material.

Resource Lists

 Books in OverDrive/Sora


Student Publication Spotlight: The Phillips Exeter Asian Magazine

cover of Phillips Exeter The Asian magazineJust as we’re missing seeing our students at the Library, we’re also missing putting their published work on display in the Library Commons.

So, in our continuation of celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’d like to display one of our student publications here, The Phillips Exeter Asian magazine.

The most recent Roots issue is “the product of The Phillips Exeter Asian magazine and The Phillips Academy Andover Re-Model magazine’s first collaboration. Through prose, artwork and poetry, contributors share their understanding of the Asian Experience with gentle nods to familial ties and identity holistically.” As expressed by Co-Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Cai ’20, this collaboration between two peer boarding schools even more importantly “emphasizes unity, which is now more important than ever amid COVID-19.”

Thank you to Co-Editors-in-Chief Benjamin Cai ’20 and Ayush Noori ’20, club advisors Ms. Woo and Dr. Lee, and the rest of the team who contributed to this work and took the time to make it available to all of us in this beautiful website format.

We encourage you to sign up to receive updates about their upcoming COVID-19 and Empower issues.


Recommended Reading – 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners

These 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning titles are now available to borrow in our OverDrive collection.  Use the Sora app to read on a mobile device.

The Nickel Boys book cover

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Fiction Winner)

“In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.”



Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (History Winner)

“The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman’s fight for justice—and reparations.”




Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser (Biography Winner)

“The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face.”




The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Poetry Winner)
Lamont Poet, 2020

“Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal….. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.”



The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin 

“A new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall.”




Some of the previous years winners can also be found in OverDrive on this Pulitzer Prize list.

New Children’s Literature Collection in OverDrive

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, the Library has added a curated Children’s Book collection of over 70 picture book and middle grade novels to its OverDrive ebook and audiobook collection.

Many of these titles were recommended by the ESSO Diversity Club. Titles of recent award winners such as Undefeated (Caldecott Winner) and Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You (Schnieder Family Book Award Winner) were also selected by librarians to add to the start of this collection. In addition, OverDrive has made over 30 additional children titles freely available through a “Sweet Reads” sub-collection in an effort to provide more access to books while many library buildings remain closed.

Below is a list of a just a few of the recommended titles to check out in this wonderful new addition to our OverDrive collection.

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

“National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.”




Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White, audiobook read by Meryl Streep

“Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E. B. White…is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come..”




The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

“Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller – This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself..”

Once you finish reading, check out the recently released sequel The One and Only Bob.

Look Both Ways, by Jason Reynolds

“From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids’ walks home can take..”




Note: The OverDrive collection is available to any student, faculty or staff member with a PEA login. Download the Sora app to read or listen to these books on a mobile device.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Instagram Takeover

During the month of May, the Library is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the help of four student volunteers, Siona Jain ’22, Emily Kang ’21, Anya Tang ’22, and Hansi Zhu ’22.  Follow the Class of 1945 Library’s Instagram @pea_lib as they share stories and posts highlighting the Asian American experience at Exeter (both past and present), recommended books and films, and more.


Poets from the Academy’s Special Collections: Lamb, Burns, and Nogushi

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in place of offering a physical exhibit to view, the Library has created a series of weekly blog posts to share a bit about a few of the poets whose work reside in the Class of 1945 Library’s Special Collections.

Our last post in this series, highlights the work of three poets whose works reside in our Special Collections: Mary and Charles Lamb, Robert Burns, and Yone Noguchi. The Library’s print books by these poets are not digitized, however we have provided alternative copies to view online through Internet Archive.

Mary Lamb (1764 – 1847) & Charles Lamb (1775 – 1834)

Mary Lamb was a British seamstress for 10 years before becoming a poet.  Mary suffered from bipolar disorder and during a manic episode she murdered her mother with a kitchen knife. After the tragic incident, her younger brother Charles, a poet and essayist who worked for the East India Company, agreed to serve as his sister’s caretaker rather than have her institutionalized. Together they developed a collaborative writing relationship and produced many well-known collections of poetry and prose for children, including Tales from Shakespeare (1807), Mrs. Leicester’s School (1809), and Poetry for Children (1809). Usually the books were published anonymously or under Charles’s name in order to shield Mary from unwanted publicity. (Source: Poetry Foundation).

Selected Works

Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)

Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland. Like his father, Burns was a tenant farmer and a practicing poet throughout his lifetime. Burns wrote his poetry in Scots and English. The subject of his poetry celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experiences, traditional Scottish culture, social economics, politics, and religious practices. Burns is credited with beginning the literary tradition called Pre-Romanticism given his sensitivity to nature, his valuation of feeling and emotion, his fierce stance against oppressive authority, his individualism, and his antiquarian interest in old songs and legends. Some of Burns most notable works include “Auld Lang Syne,” “Scots Wha Hae,” and “A Red, Red Rose.” Not only was Burns a poet, but he had a hand in the creation of 330 songs for James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum (1787 – 1803), a six-volume work. Today he is recognized as the national poet of Scotland, and is referred to as the National Bard or the Scots Bard. (Source: Poetry Foundation)

Selected Works

Yonejiro (Yone) Noguchi (1875 – 1947)

Noguchi was the first Japanese-born writer to publish poetry in English. Noguchi’s first work of poetry was Seen & Unseen, or, Monologues of a Homeless Snail (1897). Before becoming a poet Noguchi was a domestic servant, magazine editor, and studied at Keio University. Noguchi befriended literary luminaries such as William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound. Noguchi’s son is acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi. (Source: Poetry Foundation)

Selected Works