Women’s History Month: Streaming Video Content

Did you know that the Class of 1945 Library provides access to streaming video collections?  In honor of Women’s History Month, we have compiled a selection of videos on women that can be found in Classroom Video on Demand and Academic Video Online. These videos can be viewed on or off-campus with a PEA login.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story
“In this four-part series, Dr. Amanda Foreman traverses countries and continents to uncover and interrogate key stories of the strong, radical and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day.” Classroom Video On Demand

!Women Art Revolution
“An entertaining and revelatory ‘secret history’ of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in the 1960s antiwar and civil rights protest, this film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these  pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movment of the late 20th century.” Academic Video Online

Reel Herstory: The REAL story of Reel Women with Jodie Foster
“Jodie Foster takes us on a sweeping journey that looks at the remarkable achievements of femal filmmakers from 1896 into the 21st century who transforme dthe way we look at movies. Academic Video Online

Her Story: The Female Revolution
This fascinating four-part series from the BBC “explore how, from the highest echelons of society, to the lowest rungs of the global ladder, a quiet revolution has been taking place.  Women today have the power of self-determination; the autonomy to choose their own life paths and identities, rather than those enforced on them.  And while there is still oppression and repression from West to East, females the world over are grasping opportunities denied to those who went before them.” Classroom Video On Demand

“In this series of eight programs from PBS NewsHour, women and men speak up about sexual harassment.” Classroom Video On Demand

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re showcasing women’s stories from our collections in a monthlong series of posts.

To start out strong, we’ve selected six titles that feature a combined total of 222 stories about amazing women in science, sports, the arts, and more.

HeadstrongHeadstrong: 52 women who changed science– and the world by Rachel Swaby
Call Number: 509.252 S9711 h
“Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.”


womeninsportsWomen in Sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win
by Rachel Ignotofsky
Call Number: 796.09252 I247 w
“A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes–from well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known athletes like skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee…”


girlslikeusGirls Like Us: 40 extraordinary women celebrate girlhood in story, poetry, and song
by Gina Misiroglu (Editor)
Call Number: 920.72 G5255
“In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years.”




broadstrokesBroad Strokes: 15 women who made art and made history (in that order)
by Bridget Quinn
Call Number: New Books
“This book chronicles the lives and art of 15 often overlooked female artists from the Renaissance to the modern day.”




becauseiwasagirlBecause I Was a Girl: true stories for girls of all ages
by Melissa De la Cruz
Call Number: 305.4 B388
Because I Was a Girl is an inspiring collection of [thirty-eight] true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they’ve faced…because of their gender.”




Dead Feminists: historic heroines in living color
by Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring
Call Number: 305.42 O451 d
“Providing a new and illuminating look at 27 women who’ve changed the world, Dead Feminists ties these historical women and the challenges they faced into the most important issues of today. Based on the cult-following limited edition Dead Feminists letterpress poster series by illustrator Chandler O’Leary and letterpress artist Jessica Spring, the book combines new art and lettering, archival photographs and ephemera, and revisits the original poster to tell each woman’s story.”

Black History Month: New Fiction and Non-Fiction

For this week’s post celebrating Black History Month, we’ve compiled a booklist of recent fiction and non-fiction titles.  Click on a book cover for more information or view the booklist in its entirety here.


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Looking for more suggested titles?   Take a look at Boston Public Library’s annual Black Is… booklists,  published in honor of Black History Month.

Black History Month: African American Poets

With Lamont Poet Gregory Pardlo’s reading less than a week away, we are dedicating this week’s blog post on African American writers to some of the previous Lamont Poets that have visited Phillips Exeter Academy.

Pulitzer-prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess visited campus this past fall as part of the Lamont Poetry Series.  His works include Olio (2016) and leadbelly  (2005).  Next winter, senior English students will have the opportunity to study Jess’s works through an author immersion course.


Lamont Poet (winter 2016) Afaa Michael Weaver’s works include Spirit Boxing (2017), City of Eternal Spring (2014), and The Government of Nature (2013).  To see what other works by Weaver are available at the library, search Biblion, our library catalog.


Another past Lamont Poet (2012) is  Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate for the United States (2012-2014) and a Pulitzer Prize winner (2007).  Works by Trethewey that can be found in the Library’s poetry collection include Thrall (2012), Beyond Katrina (2010), and Native Guard (2006).


Other award-winning poets who have come to campus as part of the Lamont Poetry Series, include Major Jackson (fall 2008), Yusef Komunyakaa (spring 2000), Lucille Clifton (winter 1987), and Gwendolyn Brooks (winter 1986). Their works and a wealth of others can be found in the literature section up on floor 3M.

Looking for poetry to read or listen to online?  Check out these listings of works the Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets has compiled in honor of Black History Month.

Black History Month: Young Adult Authors

In our second post celebrating African American authors, we are highlighting three young adult novelists whose books can be found in our fiction collection.

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Jason Reynolds
Award-winning young adult author Jason Reynolds has been writing and publishing at such a rapid pace that it’s difficult to find a bio that is completely up-to-date. His most recent work Long Way Down (2017), longlisted for the National Book Award is written in narrative verse, taking place in a span of only 60 seconds. His other works have also won numerous awards, including As Brave as You (2017), winner of a NAACP Image Award, the Schneider Family Book Award, and a Coretta Scott King Honor; All American Boys (2017, co-authored with Brandon Kiely) winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor book; Boy in the Black Suit (2016), a Coretta Scott King Honor book; and When I Was the Greatest (2015), winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award.


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Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas’s New York Times best-selling debut novel The Hate U Give (2017) is a National Book Award nominee for Young People’s Literature, Morris Award finalist, and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Thomas’s novel follows sixteen-year-old Starr who “witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer” (Source: HarperCollins). Thomas was one of five inaugural recipients of the Walter Deans Myers Grant given by the We Need Diverse Books organization. Her second novel, On the Come Up will be published this summer. Thomas is scheduled to speak at Assembly during the spring term.

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Walter Dean Myers
It is not a coincidence that the award and grants given to both Reynolds and Thomas bear the same name as Walter Dean Myers. During Myers’s long career as a young adult novelist, he wrote over one hundred books and won more awards than any author for young adults. Recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement, he was a five time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. His book  Monster (1999) was the first winner of the Printz Award. Myers served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature from 2012 to 2013, the first African American to hold this post. (Source: Walter Dean Myers).

Lamont Poet Gregory Pardlo

On Wednesday February 21st, the Class of 1945 Library continues its 2017–2018 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet Gregory Pardlo.

Pardlo is the author of Totem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review / Honickman Prize, translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (Bookthug, 2004), and Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The Pulitzer judges cited Pardlo’s “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.” His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, Best American Poetry, as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. A memoir and collection of essays, Air Traffic, is forthcoming from Knopf.

Gregory Pardlo’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received further fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Times, the Lotos Club Foundation and Cave Canem. In addition, Pardlo serves as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, Poetry Editor of VQR and is a facilitator of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Currently Pardlo teaches in the Rutgers University-Camden MFA Program.

The reading will be held from 7:30-8:30 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.


Black History Month: African American Writers

To celebrate Black History month this February, the Library is featuring the works of African American authors in a weekly blog post.  Each week we’ll highlight authors from our different collections including children’s literature, young adult fiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, and poetry.

This week we honor a few of the African American authors and illustrators from our Children’s Literature collection.

Jacqueline Woodson
Author Jacqueline Woodson is a  “four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner” (Source: Penguin Random House)  She is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Woodson writes books for all ages; her long list of works include picture books, middle grade readers, poetry, and young adult and adult fiction

Here is a selection of Woodson’s works that can be found in our Children’s Literature collection in Rockefeller Hall.

Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a publisher, editor and an award-winning author of over twenty books for children.   “Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, four NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, as well as several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations” (Source: Andrea Davis Pinkney).  Pinkney has collaborated on several books with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney.

Here is a selection of books by Andrea Davis Pinkney that can be found in our Children’s Collection.

Kadir Nelson
Kadir Nelson is a critically acclaimed artist and Coretta Scott King Award winning author and illustrator of children’s books.  One of Nelson’s recent collaboration includes illustrating Miles Morales: Spider-Man written by award-winning children’s and young adult author Jason Reynolds.

Below is a selection of books written or illustrated by Kadir Nelson that can be found in our Children’s Collection.


Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia is an award-winning author of nine novels for young adults and middle grade readers.  Each book in her three book series featuring the Gaither Sisters, was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.  Her recent work Clayton Byrd Has Gone Underground is on the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature.

Below are works by Williams-Garcia that be found in our Children’s Collection.


Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and award-winning author of 25 books.  Alexander has written books for all ages, including his Newbury Award winning middle-grade reader The Crossover (Source: Kwame Alexander).

Below are works by Alexander that be found in our Children’s Collection.