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.
Spotlight on New Books
The Cold War that followed the Second World War supplied plenty of opportunities for the exercise of what in Italian is called fantasia—a word whose meaning lies somewhere on the permeable frontier between "imagination" and "creativity." Perhaps the most remarkable example was the Terzo Corpo Designato d'Armata. This was an army unit, three hundred thousand strong, deployed in the 1950s on the flat Venetian hinterland as a bulwark against invasion by the Soviet Union and its allies. Except it never existed.
It was a giant bluff thought up by the Italian army as a substitute for having to recruit, train and arm hundreds of thousands of actual soldiers. A real lieutenant general was appointed to command it. He had genuine headquarters in Padua and a tiny staff whose job was to generate mountains of paperwork that, when leaked to the appropriate intelligence services, sent a message to the Soviet Bloc countries that if they tried to fight their way into Western Europe through northeastern Italy, they would face stiff resistance. Troops—most of them imaginary—were recruited, promoted and eventually discharged from the Terzo Corpo Designato d'Armata. Fuel was stored and ammunition distributed. But mostly on paper.
The existence—or rather nonexistence—of the Terzo Corpo Designato d'Armata came to light only after the end of the Cold War, in 2009, when a newspaper reported on the problems it was still creating for the army. It had been disbanded in 1972, but the tons of paper it had generated could not be destroyed. In Italy, officially secret documents can be pulped only once they have been declassified—and they can only be declassified by the department or unit that created them. In this case, the unit no longer existed. And, indeed, never had.
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 email@example.com 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.