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.

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.