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
When do you eat in Elizabethan England? You will be glad to know that a great revolution in English diet has taken place: breakfast has arrived! In medieval times almost no one ate breakfast, and many Elizabethan medical writers still maintain that it is bad for you, being necessary for only workers and travelers. But now most people eat breakfast: the rich, the not-so-rich—even schoolboys. "To rise early is not the best chance but to breakfast is the surest thing," declares Claudius Hollyband.
What you eat for breakfast varies a little. Robert Laneham, a gentleman servant, has just a manchet—a small round loaf made with the finest white flour. Less important servants receive a cheat bread—a white loaf of lower quality. The third quality is brown bread, which still contains all the bran. Schoolboys eat brown bread with a little butter and some fruit. Bread and butter is said to be the countryman's breakfast; while bread, butter, and sage is the breakfast of choice for a number of gentlemen (especially those anxious to sharpen their brains). You might also drink small beer with your buttered bread and sage, or watered-down wine. Breakfast at Wollaton Hall consists of bread, ale, and a sweet omelet (eggs, butter, sugar, and currants). Few people eat meat with breakfast. The earl and countess of Northumberland are served each morning with "a loaf of bread cut into trenchers, a couple of manchets, two pints of beer, two pints of wine, two pieces of salt fish, six baked herring, and four white [pickled] herring or a dish of sprats." On meat days the fish is replaced with a chine of boiled beef or mutton. You can't help but notice the quantities of alcohol: a pint of beer and a pint of wine each morning should set you up for the day quite nicely.
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.