Lounging is the New Cool: 24/7 Badge-Access Lounge at HSL Opens.

A new space is open at the library and all eyes are watching to see how campus students will make use of it. Come visit and Tell Us what you think @ https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/tell-us. Located just outside the front doors of HSL.

The Lounge at HSL is not quite your average café or a quiet study area but something new, different, and in between from Health Sciences Library. The space had sat dormant for years, and the time came to step up and change the situation for the better.

More of a relaxing place to take a break than a library area, the Lounge is a great nook to get a snack, or get your laptop, or talk on your phone. You can study in style with lots of natural light and great views of the trees outside. There will be more noise and some laughter as people pass through and chew on their snacks, but the bright environment will not fail to put you in a better mood.

The Lounge at HSL officially opened on Tuesday Sept 5. It is located just outside the front entrance of the library. Two doors on each end are badge controlled, and the lounge is intended for Anschutz campus ID-carrying users.

The Lounge at HSL is accessible 24/7, day and night. A large fridge is provided for students to store their lunches and other foods–the area is more secure due to the badge controlled entrances and the typical honor code prevails not to touch other peoples lunches stored in the refrigerator. Students already heavily use the three public fridges on each floor inside the library so this expands options. The Lounge provides two roomy microwaves, an upscale Keurig coffee machine, and a variety of vending machines which vend coffee pods. The Keurig will make hot water for tea if coffee is not your bag, and the fabulous slate stainless steel fridge dispenses cool water and ice if you prefer cold over hot on those Colorado sunny days.

If trash cans being full are any evidence of use so far, students are cooking their meals and using vending quite a bit in the Lounge already. One of the vending machines is unique and different from vending inside the library and it offers larger snacks and meals to heat up.

The Lounge is for use by students, staff and faculty and others on the Anschutz campus who have and carry their AMC ID badge. The library does not issue ID badges — possession of an Anschutz ID badge depends on your role/identity with the Schools/Colleges/departments on campus. Signage in the space spells out contact information and appropriate conduct.

Ideas, questions or concerns can be reported to the library service desk or by contacting the Head of Access Services at the library — contact information below.

Wireless connectivity in the Lounge is sound, and more electrical outlets were installed to offer USB charging outlets for all your devices. The Lounge at HSL is not a quiet environment nor intended to be so. It can be a fun gathering place and cool spot to work on your laptop, collaborate and chat, and even study if you don’t mind the buzz of other people coming and going and snacking and cooking.

Stop by, card in, relax and have a snack. Bring a friend to chat with and chill out. Lounging is the new cool at Health Sciences Library. Come give it a try and enjoy!

Questions about the Lounge: please contact Douglas Stehle, Health Sciences Library, douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu or 303.724.2139.

Comments can also be reported to the library’s service desk inside during library’s operational public hours.

Rare Book Profile: Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent’s A Choice Manual, or, Rare and Select Secrets in Physick and Chirurgery.

Elizabeth Grey’s A Choice Manual, or, Rare and Select Secrets in Physick and Chirurgery (London: Gartrude Dawson, 1659) is a collection of household recipes, published with her A True Gentlewomans Delight, Wherein is Contained all Manner of Cookery. The collections were edited with additions by W. Jar,” a professor of physick.” While A Choice Manual and A True Gentlewoman’s Delight have separate title pages and pagination, and are sometimes bound separately, they were printed and sold as a single work. The first part is mainly medicinal, while the second is entirely culinary, although some of the ingredients in the medicinal recipes now seem more like food than medicine.
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Elizabeth Talbot Grey (1581-1651) was the eldest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and a granddaughter of Bess of Hardwick. She married Henry Grey, Earl of Kent in 1601. She was well educated, a patron of scholars and poets, and the employer of Robert May, famous for his book The Accomplisht Cook (1660). She was known for her medical knowledge. Her sister, Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel, shared her interests, and published her own recipe collection, Natura Exenterata. A True Gentlewomans Delight includes a recipe for Lady of Arundels Manchet (white bread).

The first edition of the Countess’s compilation was printed in 1653 by Gartrude Dawson, who took over her husband’s London print shop after his death. Instead of addressing a nobleman, the dedication of A Choice Manual is to “the virtuous and most noble Lady, Latitia Popham,” the wife of a supporter of Oliver Cromwell, and A True Gentlewomans Delight is dedicated to Mistress Anne Pile, a baronet’s daughter. The book was a bestseller, with many updated editions. The 22nd and last edition was published in 1726.

The Health Sciences Library’s copy is the 11th edition, published 1659. The title page of the first section and the last 4 pages of the second have been damaged, with a slight loss of text, and the book lacks the Countess’ portrait. It came to the library as a gift from the Denver Medical Society, and was rebound in brown leather by Frank B. Rogers.

Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]