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.
New Database Trial: Britannica Academic Edition (Encyclopedia Britannica)
The library is offering a free trial of Britannica Academic Edition, a database of Encyclopedia Britannica, through October 5, 2014. Britannica Academic Edition is an online encyclopedia that provides over 75,000 articles; over 25,000 biographies; over 44,600 images and maps, including many with video and audio clips; links from articles to primary sources; and much more. Unlike most database trials, Britannica Academic Edition requires a user name and password, which you can get by contacting the Reference Desk at (337) 475-5725. Click here to access the database.
Please take a few minutes to complete a user survey about your experience using Britannica Academic Edition. Your participation and input will help the library better meet your information needs.
Spotlight on New Books
Kew Gardens was and is the smallest town in Queens. Wedged between Forest Hills and Richmond Hill, the suburban village comprises seven north-south blocks and eight east-west blocks, a total of fifty-six city blocks, less than one square mile. After the crime, many Americans would picture Kew Gardens as a New York neighborhood like Hell's Kitchen at its most hellish, a forbidding cityscape of fire escapes and alleys strewn with trash. The real Kew Gardens was a leafy middle-class retreat for machinists, nurses, schoolteachers, tailors, upholsterers, railroad and restaurant workers, butchers, bartenders, and the occasional music-maker who took the train to Broadway or Carnegie Hall. Strangers greeted each other with a "Good morning" or a "Hello, stranger."
According to Queens historian Barry Lewis, the leafy village that sprouted around the Kew Gardens rail station appealed to "a cosmopolitan generation that wanted the culture and opportunities the city offered but not the nerve-wracking assault on the senses and demeaning lack of personal space that came with urban territory." Forty years before so-called father of suburbia William Levitt built his protean suburb, Levittown, fifteen miles farther out on Long Island, Kew Gardens was what Lewis called "the perfect garden suburb." The next village to the east, not quite as nice, was called Utopia.
Commuters riding east from Penn Station sped under the East River, emerged on aboveground tracks in Queens—into sunlight—passed warehouses and apartment blocks hung with fire escapes and laundry until, fifteen minutes or so later, the train pulled up behind the Tudor building where Kitty and Mary Ann lived. If you stepped onto the platform there, you might not be impressed by the neighborhood, but you wouldn't be worried. You wouldn't look over your shoulder and move your wallet to a front pocket.
"Not a tough neighborhood," recalled Jacob Cohen, who grew up in the same Tudor apartment building Mary Ann and Kitty moved into in 1963. Young Jacob had moved out by then, but the block hadn't changed since he was filching candy from the corner drugstore, sneaking into Bailey's Pub, and sleeping through the roar of trains going by his bedroom window. When Jacob was eighteen, he noticed that there weren't many cabs at the Kew Gardens station, particularly late at night, so he'd park there in his rusty, tubercular Ford, waiting for trains coming east from Penn Station. "I'd offer to drive the people home. I'd tell them, 'Pay me whatever you think is fair.'" Cohen's late-night fares helped pay his mother's rent. Finally he got out of town—drove to the Catskills, landed a gig as a standup comic, and changed his name from Jacob Cohen to Rodney Dangerfield. He joked onstage about his boyhood in Kew Gardens.
"Not a tough neighborhood," Dangerfield said. "I mean, one night a guy pulls a knife on me. But it wasn't a real professional job—it was a butter knife."
A knifing in Kew Gardens was so unlikely that it sounded like a joke.
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.