Select Leisure Reading Books
The following is a sample of the leisure reading books currently available. They are located on the New Releases shelves near the Circulation Desk.
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Spotlight on Free Resources: Open Textbook Library
The Open Textbook Library is a collection of approximately 280 free online college textbooks on a wide range of academic subjects. The textbooks have been written and reviewed for accuracy by faculty at various colleges and universities and are freely available to anyone to read and print. Subjects include accounting and finance; business, management, and marketing; computer science and information systems; economics; engineering; foreign languages; general education; humanities and language; law; mathematics and statistics; natural and physical sciences; and social sciences. Titles may be accessed by following the link above and through the library's catalog. The Open Textbook Library is a project of the Open Textbook Network, with technical support statewide from LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. No special login is required from off campus.
Spotlight on New Books
Dead presidents are fodder for the highest forms of art—like Daniel Chester French's stirring statue at the Lincoln Memorial, or Horace Greenough's slightly less stirring statue of George Washington in a toga, hidden away in the Smithsonian after public outcry—and the lowest forms of commerce, such as the Brooklyn company that sold James A. Garfield medicinal powders ("Headaches with Garfield, Relieved Instantly") and a presidential-themed laxative drink, with the catchy slogan "Flush the bowels with Garfield Tea."
Visiting presidential graves may sound morbid or even a little weird, but once you start looking for the stories behind the stones, it's hard to stop. The first stop on my honeymoon was a return trip to Springfield to see Lincoln, and later in the week we bypassed Graceland in Memphis so we could see James K. Polk in Nashville. My son, by age two, had spent a fair amount of time in cemeteries and started running up to tombstones and shouting, "Dead!" Most presidential history buffs prefer learning about the lives these memorials are intended to honor, lives that have steered and shaped our nation. But the memorials themselves are worthy of attention as well, not only for what they tell us about the presidents but because they leave a record of what we value and believe as a country. In a country founded on the principle that we're all created equal, we've built Mount Rushmore, where we've carved only four of our equals' heads at twelve times normal size—because the president, the one person whom we can all elect, represents and exemplifies all of us. So fairly or unfairly, we make the presidents bigger than the rest of us. And smaller, too: just as we exalt them with statues and sculptures and iconic paintings, we also cut them down to size through kitsch—wax dummies, cartoons, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls. In death, Americans transform their presidents into mythic figures, pillars of virtue who serve as lead characters in the national narrative ... and then put their faces on action figures and hot sauce bottles.
Leisure Reading Books Are Here!
Frazar Memorial Library now has a leisure reading collection. Through a subscription to Baker & Taylor's book leasing program, the library now regularly offers current popular fiction and nonfiction titles, including The New York Times bestsellers. Although the collection is currently small, new books will be added every month. We may choose to keep the most popular titles, or we may return them for new ones as their popularity wanes. Under the plan, our collection will eventually reach 300 titles per year.
Leisure books are searchable in the library's catalog and are shelved in the library lobby near the Circulation Desk. They circulate for the same length of time as other books. Leisure books are easily identifiable by their clear mylar covers.
The leisure reading collection is in keeping with Frazar Memorial Library's mission of providing user-centered collections and services. It allows us to maintain a dynamic collection that is relevant to our users while making optimal use of limited space and resources.
Stop by and see what we have to offer. Comments or questions about the service and suggestions for possible future titles are welcome and may be forwarded to Lonnie Beene, Acquisitions Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (337) 475-5724.
Frazar Memorial Library makes electronic books (ebooks) available through its subscription to EBSCO's eBook Collection. In addition to being accessible through the EBSCOhost website, our ebooks have records in the online catalog that direct you to ebook titles in EBSCOhost. This is advantageous in that it shows both the print and electronic books we have on a given subject.
Ebooks are identifiable by "[electronic resource]" in the title, a material designator of "Electronic Book," and a Location of "EBSCO eBook--Web Access Required." Since it is not always easy to distinguish print and ebook records from one another at a glance (especially if you're pressed for time), the easiest way to access the library's ebooks is to go directly to the EBSCOhost eBook Collection website and search by keyword or title.
EBSCO ebooks may be downloaded for reading offline for a limited amount of time. Downloading to a Windows or Mac computer requires the use of Adobe Digital Editions software, which is available here as a free download. (Do not download to library computers; they already have it).
For instructions on downloading EBSCO ebooks to a tablet, e-reader, or smartphone, click the "Transfer EBSCO eBooks to a Mobile Device" tab on the library's EBSCO eBooks page.
(337) 475-5719 (fax)
Google Books Search
For those times when the library doesn't have what you need, perhaps a search of Google Books will help. Please note, however, that Google Books does not make the complete text available for all books. If you need assistance, contact the Reference Desk at (337) 475-5725.
Have a Purchase Suggestion?
If you know of a book or other resource (video, journal, database) that you think the library should purchase, click here to complete a purchase suggestion form. While we can't guarantee that we'll purchase everything, we do add items based on user suggestions, subject to available funds and appropriateness to the collection. Thank you for your interest in improving Frazar Memorial Library.