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.