2013 Bennett Fellow Reading in the Library

Molly Bashaw, Bennett Fellow
Molly Bashaw, Bennett Fellow

Phillips Exeter Academy’s 2013 Bennett Fellow, Molly Bashaw, will perform a reading of her work on May 7th in the Library’s Periodicals Room at 7pm.

Molly Bashaw grew up on small farms in Massachusetts and Upstate New York. She holds degrees in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, in addition to a degree in English from the University of Rochester. For the last twelve years she has been living and working as a freelance bass-trombonist in Germany. Her poetry has appeared recently in Beloit Poetry Journal, and Crazyhorse, where it was awarded the 2011 Lynda Hull Memorial Award. Molly will be attending the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in August on a work-study scholarship.  Please join us to hear her perform her work!


“Tracks from the Stacks” Radio Program to Debut on WPEA

Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian
Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian

Music Librarian Drew Gatto is the host of a new radio program, “Tracks from the Stacks,” set to debut on Wednesday, January 16th from 1:00 until 2:00 pm on WPEA, the campus radio station.  The program will be broadcast during the same time each Wednesday for the duration of the winter and spring terms.

Tracks from the Stacks” will feature music from the CD collection held in the Academy Library. The show will be organized around the theme of “musical connections,” wherein all of the tracks played will relate to a single theme. Drew will provide brief explanations of these connections between tracks, and playlists (including information on how to find each featured CD in the Library) will be posted online for those who are interested in further exploring the music featured on a particular show.  In addition, Circulation Coordinator Marilyn Bott will create accessible displays in the Library so that patrons can easily find CDs used during the previous week’s program. The first show will feature a tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in anticipation of the Academy-wide celebration of his birthday scheduled for Friday, January 18th.  

Drew welcomes suggestions for future programs and hopes that you’ll join him “on the air” this month!

Meet Edouard Desrochers…


Who are you?  Edouard L. Desrochers.

What is your role in the library?  I am the Assistant Librarian & Academy Archivist.  I previously served as Periodicals Librarian, Circulation and Reference Librarian, and Assistant Catalog Librarian.

Where are you originally from?   I was born and raised in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a heavily French Canadian/American community.  I have worked at Exeter since 1975, and both of my children attended PEA.  Prior to Exeter, I worked in the Phillips Library at Providence College.

What are your interests or hobbies?  I have been a member of the Society of American Archivists and New England Archivists since 1977 and have served as both Secretary and President of the latter.  I received the Distinguished Service Award from NEA in 2011 for my promotion of and involvement with Secondary School Archives.

Any fun facts? When I’m not in the library, I enjoy landscaping in my yard, bird watching, playing with my grandchildren, and walking in the woods on foot or on snowshoes.  I love trying ethnic foods I’ve never had and encourage my colleagues to do the same.

Closing comments?  I’m passionate about Exeter’s history and traditions, and I love discussing the Academy with the community, from trivia tidbits and anecdotes to the many cool items held in the Academy Archives.

Seniors Relax on the Library Terrace

Class of 2012
Class of 2012 Reading Time Capsules
Class of 2012 on Library Terrace
Enjoying the View from the 4th Floor

This year’s Seniors were allowed out on the Library’s terrace for the first time in many years. Academy Librarian, Gail Scanlon, invited all the participants in the Time Capsule Ceremony to come out on the terrace to enjoy the wonderful weather and admire the view from the 4th floor of the Library. Many of the Class of 2012 enjoyed the time to look through the time capsules they had crafted when they were in their first year at Exeter.

New Library Proctors Announced

Some of Our Fabulous Library Proctors

It’s time for our 2011/2012 Proctors to make way for the Library Proctors of 2012/2013.  We will definitely miss our class of 2012 and we wish them well with all of their new adventures!  The new faces in the Library will be :

  • Haley Baker
  • Emma Clarkson
  • Katrina Morris
  • Alexandra O’Keefe
  • Abbigail Ouellette
  • Sameer Panesar
  • Rachel Schneider
  • Sanam Shetty
  • Sarah Xiao
  • Carlin Zia

Be sure to stop by the Academy Library this fall term to say hello and welcome them to their new positions!

Read All About Our 2012 Lamont Poet

Marilyn Chin, our current Lamont Poet, will be presenting her work in the Assembly Hall Wednesday night at 7:30pm.  If you want to get a preview of her work check out these books we have in the Library at

http://biblion.exeter.edu/search/X?chin,%20marilyn .   If you’re on the Academy network, you can read some lines of her poetry right here:  http://www.columbiagrangers.org/poet/2278  or check out her website at


This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there!

Spring 2011 Lamont Poet Revealed

Poet Laureate Kay Ryan (Library of Congress/Abby Brack photo)

Kay Ryan, the 2008-2010 U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the Spring 2011 Lamont Poet. She’ll be on campus on Wednesday, April 27th to give a reading in the Assembly Hall at 7:30pm. The event will be free and open to the public.

The following bio was taken from the Library of Congress website devoted to Poet Laureates:

Kay Ryan was born in 1945 in San Jose, California, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. For more than 30 years, she taught remedial English at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Ryan’s poems are known for their brevity, wit, and frequent use of slant and internal rhymes.

You can read the full entry here.