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.

gamenight2016The Academy Library will host its 5th annual Game Night @ the Library on Saturday November 5th from 6:00-10:00pm.

Students are invited to the Library to play NBA2K17, FIFA, Mario Kart, dance games, and more on the Xbox One and Wii U systems that will be set up in the Library Commons and in the new group study rooms on the third floor.

New to the event this year are life-sized versions of some board game favorites.  In Rockefeller Hall students can play oversized Jenga, Connect 4, chess, and checkers.  As in past years, the Library’s large collection of board games will also be available for group play.

Snacks and drinks will be available in the Library Commons.

If you have game suggestions or questions about the event, please contact Mr. Roy at

Lamont Poet Gail Mazur

mazurThe Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library opens its 2016–2017 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet Gail Mazur on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7:30-8:30pm.

Mazur is the Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square, Distinguished Senior Writer in Residence in Emerson College’s graduate program and has served for many years on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition, Mazur is a Contributing Editor to Agni and an Advisory Editor to Ploughshares.

Gail Mazur is the author of Nightfire (1978); The Pose of Happiness (1986), The Common (1995); They Can’t Take That Away from Me (2001), finalist for the National Book Award; Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems (2005), winner of The Massachusetts Book Prize and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as the Paterson Poetry Prize; Figures in a Landscape (2011); and Forbidden City (2016). Her poems have been widely anthologized, including in several Pushcart Prize anthologies, the Best American Poetry series, and Robert Pinsky’s Essential Pleasures. A graduate of Smith College, as well as Lesley College (now Lesley University), Mazur has received the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award, as well as grants from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The reading will be held 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.

45n: Call for Artwork

45nblogcropSubmit your art, poetry, music, or other creative response in celebration of the Academy Library’s 45th anniversary.
Deadline: November 6, 2016

Open to all students, staff & faculty: seeking submissions in any art form that use the concept of “45” in a creative way (inches/words/lines syllables/ notes /steps/seconds/colors/threads —you get the idea) for a celebration of the Academy Library’s 45th anniversary.

Electronic/digital submissions can be placed within the following Dropbox file:

Please include your name in the file title.

Paintings, photographs, or 3D submissions can be brought to the Academy Library circulation desk. Please make sure to label the piece with your name and phone number.

If you have an idea for a performance, spoken word piece, or other work that does not fit into one of these categories, please write a short description of your idea and submit it in a Word document to the Dropbox link.

The event will be held on November 18, 2016 from 7-8 pm in the Class of 1945 Library.

Author Kathryn Aalto to speak on The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Please join the Friends of the Academy Library for an evening with Kathryn Aalto P’17, P’18, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. The talk, held in honor of the 90th anniversary of the publication of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, will take place in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall on Friday October 21st, from 7:00-8:00pm.

final-cover-natural-world-of-winnie-the-pooh-cover-3d-3Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. Aalto will guide us through a nostalgic, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex, England called Ashdown Forest. This is where A.A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon-McCartney of children’s literature. Part travelogue, biography and natural history, the talk weaves history with humor as Aalto shares stories of raising her children in the storybook landscape of England. Aalto suggests A.A. Milne probably would not recognize modern childhood, and explains why the Christopher Robins of the 21st century need their own Hundred Acre Wood.

Kathryn Aalto is the author of two books:  

A New Look for the Music Library

After a yearlong renovation project in the Forrestal Bowld Music Center, the Music Library has reopened with an entirely new look and feel. The Music Library is now a component of the Music Media and Technology Suite, which includes not only an extensive collection of study scores and sheet music but also an abundance of new technology tools housed in a glass-enclosed makerspace known as the Media Lab. Together, the Music Library and Media Lab offer students, faculty and staff a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment in which to discover and pursue their musical interests.

In order to accommodate the Music Library’s continued growth, the new facility has been outfitted with free-standing, double-sided shelving units whose total capacity will allow for a 30% increase in the size of the Music Library’s collection over the next 10 years. The space also features an array of soft seating and a large work table to encourage group collaboration. Those looking to utilize technology in the Music Library will find four Macintosh desktop computers which enable database access and contain software tools for school and personal use.

Incorporating a host of cutting-edge music production tools, the Media Lab consists of four Macintosh student workstations outfitted with keyboards, headphones and music production software programs including Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. The room also features an instructor console equipped with a 48” flat-screen monitor for displaying student production projects. The Media Lab has been designed to accommodate a small music technology course, yet can also be utilized by individual students working on their own projects.

The Music Media and Technology Suite is open on Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, and from 9:00am until 1:00pm Tuesday through Friday during the fall term. Please stop by for a visit!

Reading for the Weekend

The books featured on this list are currently available in our New Books collection in Rockefeller Hall.


allamericanboysAll American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
“In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.” — from the publisher


anotherbrooklynAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
“The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

Like Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.” — from the publisher

hotmilkHot Milk by Deborah Levy
“Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant–their very last chance–in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis.

But Dr. Gomez has strange methods that seem to have little to do with physical medicine, and as the treatment progresses, Sofia’s mother’s illness becomes increasingly baffling. Sofia’s role as detective–tracking her mother’s symptoms in an attempt to find the secret motivation for her pain–deepens as she discovers her own desires in this transient desert community.

Hot Milk is a profound exploration of the sting of sexuality, of unspoken female rage, of myth and modernity, the lure of hypochondria and big pharma, and, above all, the value of experimenting with life; of being curious, bewildered, and vitally alive to the world.” –from the publisher

unleashedJonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
A new novel from National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff.
“Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him–only richer and more organised with a different sense of humour. On the plus side, his two flatmates are determined to fix his life–or possibly to destroy it altogether. It’s difficult to be certain as they only speak dog. Poor Jonathan. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing back in the good old days before everyone expected him to act like a person. But one thing he knows for sure: if he can make it in New York City, he can make it anywhere. Will he get out of advertising, meet the girl of his dreams and figure out the gender of his secret crush? Given how it’s going so far, probably not” — from the publisher

becomingnicoleBecoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
“The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter for The Washington Post.” — from the publisher


indexBut What if We’re Wrong by Chuck Klosterman
Klosterman “visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past, [asking] questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction?” –from the publisher