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 Free Resources: Rosa Parks Papers (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005) and made them available to the general public. The collection contains approximately 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs, most of them covering the years 1955 to 2000. Correspondence between Parks and family members constitute the bulk of the collection, although the events surrounding her activism on behalf of African American civil rights, including her 1955 arrest for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott, are also amply documented. Of the material available, only about 6% has not yet been digitized.
Click the link above to visit the collection's website. Click here to listen to an NPR story on the background of the collection.
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 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.