Children’s Book Week visits

Last week seniors in Becky Moore’s Children Literature classes celebrated Children’s Book Week by inviting children from the Harris Family Center for a story time and activity at the library.  Moore’s D format class met with Christine Peluso’s kindergartners on Tuesday and Jill Devine’s preschoolers visited with the E format class on Wednesday.  The seniors began the visit by reading the story The Perfect Square and then paired off with the younger children for a shape hunt in Rockefeller Hall and an activity using mini-books they designed.

It was a treat to watch the older students use the architecture of our Louis Kahn building as a means to help the children identify that can be discovered in our everyday surroundings.  Both groups began and ended their visit around the Harkness table in Rockefeller Hall where they looked up, down, and all around to find the circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, and trapezoids in Louis Kahn’s design.

Thank you to teachers Becky Moore, Christine Peluso, Jill Devine, Linda Felch, Theresa Hall, and Kerry Bradshaw and to the seniors in ENG 578 Children’s Literature:   Genesis Contreras, Nick Correia, Julia Friberg, Pan Menasuta, Ryan Moore, Chudi Obiofuma, Nine Prasertsup, Qiqi Qi, Rockefeller Qin, Eloise Shields, Majestic Terhune, Sydney Yoon, Jessica Zhao, Kat Cucullo, Aili Desai, Kelsey Detels, Hannah Gustafson, Jada Huang, Emma Ibbotson, Emily LaRovere, Sammy Merrill, Daria Moody, Kyland Narcisse, Sanjana Rana, and Kristina Torres.

2017 Lamont Younger Poets Reading with Visiting Poet Meg Day

On Tuesday May 9th at 7pm the Class of 1945 Library will host the 2017 Lamont Younger Poets reading with visiting poet Meg Day.

The recipients of the 2017 Lamont Younger Poets Prize are Bella Alvarez ’19, Miles Mikofsky ’19, Ayush Noori ’20, and Mai Hoang ’20. The Lamont Younger Poets Prize honors poems of exceptional promise written by preps and lowers at Phillips Exeter Academy. The prize commemorates the dedication of English instructor Rex McGuinn to student poetry at Exeter, particularly his encouragement of student poets at the ninth and tenth grade levels.

Meg Day, award winning poet, activist, and author will present her work in conjunction with the students’ reading. Day is author of Last Psalm at Sea Level and two chapbooks When All You Have Is a Hammer and We Can’t Read This. Day is currently an Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

The event will be held in Rockefeller Hall at the Class of 1945 Library.

PEA Bids Farewell to a Beloved Tree

This week the Phillips Exeter community and the Class of 1945 Library bid farewell to the beloved Beech tree that has resided on the Library Lawn for more than a century. Next week a new Beech tree is set to arrive and will be planted in its place.

An exhibit honoring the tree is now on display in the Library’s front entrance. The exhibit was curated by the Library’s Head of Archives and Special Collections, Peter Nelson.

School Library Month READ Posters

To help us celebrate School Library Month this April, our Library Proctors posed for our annual READ posters, modeled after the READ posters created by the National Library Association.

Photo caption: (left to right, seated): Veronica Galimberti, Annie Yanofsky, Daria Moody, Bella Weissman, Liam Breen. (left to right, back row): Livi Liponis, Grace Pratt, Sydney McKiernan, Evelynn Ouellette. Not pictured: Camden Corso and Tavo Santos.

Talk on Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”


Please join us in Rockefeller Hall on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. for A Woman’s Place Is In The Walls: Gender and Imprisonment in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, a talk by Dr. Courtney Marshall to accompany our exhibit Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of an unnamed woman who is sent to a country home for rest and forced solitude in order to cure her of a nervous condition.  While there she imagines that there are women trapped in the bedroom’s yellow wallpaper.  In this talk, Dr. Marshall will discuss the nineteenth century’s “cult of true womanhood” and Gilman’s use of the wallpaper to symbolize the horror of domestic space.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.  The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It will be on display in Rockefeller Hall from April 3rd – May 13th.

For more information regarding the exhibit and talk, see our guide.

National Library of Medicine Exhibit on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

The Class of 1945 Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper”. from April 3, 2017 to May 13, 2017. 

In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”  The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

The Library plans to host an evening talk in conjunction with this visit and will announce event details soon.  The exhibit and the speaking event are free and open to the public.  For more information please see our the NLM exhibit website, the Library’s exhibit guide or contact Beth Rohloff.

Want to read Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”?  The full short story is available on Internet Archive.

Kevin King | Phantom

phantomOn Tuesday February 28th, local author Kevin King will read from his recently published novel Phantom.  The reading will begin at 7:00 pm in The Class of 1945 Library’s Rockefeller Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

King’s novel Phantom is set in Boston during the turn of the century; it’s “A story of hopeless love – a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger – and impossible love – his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer.” His first novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night,  is set at Fenway Park and “imagines a late-night baseball game bankrolled by Henry Ford, pitting Dizzy Dean’s all-white all-stars against Satchel Paige’s black all-stars.”

For more information about Phantom and Kevin King visit Open Books.