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” 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!
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.