Magazines Galore!

We’ve always had a pretty good magazine collection, but we’re revamping! Along with new selections, Sheila has done wonders organizing everything to make it easier to find the ones that are already in our collection. Check out some of the new headings! Now you won’t have to look very far for something great to read. And our youth magazines are now located in the children’s section of the library to make it easier for them to pick up the latest issue.

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As with all other items in the library, you can find our magazines in our online catalog. Don’t be afraid to place holds on back issues you’d like to read. We LOVE magazines at the library, and we hope you do, too!

Magazines Galore!

Did you know we carry lots of different types of magazines?  Sometimes, people come to the library and don’t realize that not only do we have books, but we subscribe to a variety of magazines.

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There are plenty of types to choose from: health and fitness, electronics, travel, women’s magazines, beauty, sports, outdoor mags and many more.  Plus, we have magazines for kids & teens! 

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The best part is that you can take out as many as you like, as long as they aren’t the current month’s issue (don’t worry, those ones are in the green folders). Plus, we have plenty of crafting, writing, food and fashion magazines that people have donated, so make sure you sift through the general stacks of magazines. It’s a great way to stay current while not breaking the budget on monthly magazines.  Let US subscribe to them for you!

Just one more reason to come to the library!

What’s Inside?

People come in to the library all the time and tell us that they’ve just tried a new author.  Sometimes, it’s successful, other times, it isn’t. So, it got me thinking about magazines.  There are those I read religiously, and others I’ll scan through on occasion.  But what about those magazines I never, ever under any circumstances, read?  Do they not have good articles?  Or is the content just not something I’m interested in?

I stood in front of our rack of magazines in the library and thought about those questions carefully.  Then, I chose four–two of which did not seem appealing to me and two that I knew I could probably get through. I’ll admit, I didn’t read them all cover to cover, but I was surprised at what I found.  They were all interesting! (Or at least, I found something interesting in each of them.)

So, what did I read? And what kind of content did I find? Read on…..

The first one was the August 18th issue of The Economist.  It was a surprisingly interesting mix of articles, broken down by geographical region! If I wanted to read about what’s happening in China, it was easy to flip to the section. And under each region, there was a nice selection of political news, economic information, sports and business etc.  the magazine also included a section divided up into topics like arts, politics, money etc.  I found this format to be very different than most magazines, and yet very easy to work with.

There were also some fascinating executive job postings that you wouldn’t normally see in other mags. For example, there was one for a Director of Research for the Africa Economic Research Consortium.  Where else would you come across something like this if you were job hunting, or even thinking about it?

And finally, the article that grabbed my attention most was one on France’s difficulties with Romanian Gypsies setting up camps throughout their country. Apparently, the government is having trouble controlling the unsanitary and dangerous conditions they live under. Who knew?

The second magazine I chose was the April 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic.  I expected to like this one a little bit. What could be bad about photos of interesting places and people? I was a little surprised (although I shouldn’t have been) that it was very much in the same vein as National Geographic Magazine, with lots of long, long, long articles (think 13 pages for one article on the Niagara Tunnel Hydro Project) and a few accompanying photos.  There were, however, wonderful photos  and a whole section on travel-themed book reviews.

I think I would pick this magazine up again and maybe flip through, but it won’t become one of my regular reads. Just too much commitment for an article. I might read something that is five pages, maybe a little more, but it would have to REALLY capture my attention.

The next magazine was a shot in the dark, one of the mags in which I would never normally even read the cover headings! Men’s Health, the June 2012 issue, was a surprisingly GREAT magazine…and one which barely strayed from the format and articles I read in women’s magazines, only aimed at the opposite sex. Okay, that’s probably why I thought it was great. I was comfortable with the read, and didn’t find the content all that biased towards men (except for a couple of very specific articles.)  This was the Foodie Issue, so there were plenty of great articles about great food, along with some fantastic looking recipes. I considered trying one of them out, even.

There were the usual pages about health, geared towards men, of course, but anyone could get something out of these articles on Biking for Fitness or the Boot Camp Workout. I was particularly impressed with the article which was several pages long, regarding over the counter medications. Sure, they were the ones men might be looking for most, but there were some great pointers in buying pain relievers etc.

My favourite (and most serious) article, was a short tips page on how to prevent armpit stains on your shirts!  It seemed comical at first, but as I read it, I realized the tips were good and it explained why some shirts get soiled more easily than others, even when there isn’t a lot of sweating involved.

Last, but not least on my desk, was the September 24, 2012 issue of Sportsnet Magazine.  Yes, I read it. No, I’ve never read a sports magazine in my life and have to admit, I don’t have one sport that I eagerly follow. The pages were full of a variety of sports, and not just Canadian teams, which surprised me a little. There was a preview of the upcoming football season, which is probably as eagerly awaited for football lovers as the TV guide new fall show preview is for TV lovers. I’m going to pass this magazine along to one of my co-workers, who has a dream of doing an entire baseball stadium tour one day.  Well, someone did it here and it’s documented well in a very engaging article.

So as not to lose any fashion-forward sports lovers, I guess, there was a Men’s Fall Fashion Update included (maybe so men could show their wives they’re reading about something other than golf?). I learned how to fold a Pocket Square correctly, which was NOT what I thought I’d say when I first opened this magazine. Interesting mix!

I won’t be taking out a subscription on any of these magazines, but I won’t make any snap judgements on similar spreads in the future. Maybe I’ll even pick one up while waiting in the dentist’s office sometime, instead of reaching for the usual Chatelaine or Hello! magazine. It opened my eyes, and I hope it might influence you to also try something new on the shelf once in a while.  You never know what you might learn!

Published in: on September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

For all of our Canadian followers and patrons of the library, Thanksgiving weekend is just around the corner.  Don’t forget that we have plenty of magazines with great ideas for decorating your table, new recipes and fun crafts for the kids while the adults sit and chat over pumpkin pie.  If you’d like to try something new at your dinner, there are so many wonderful cookbooks available….desserts, gluten-free recipes, vegetarian, pot-luck ideas and more!

If you drop in now, you’ll have time to prepare your shopping list and get everything ready for next weekend.   I made these little pilgrim hats and bonnets for one of our display windows, but you could make life-sized versions to hand out to the kids before dinner. Fun!

Gobble gobble!

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Should you be reading that magazine?

tool-fist-470-1008I always read the letters to the editor in magazines, even if I’ve never read the magazine before.  Why?  I’m not sure, except that I guess I want to know what other people think of the magazines as a good indication of how interesting the magazine might be.  Recently, I was reading one of the letters sent in to Popular Mechanics magazine (a magazine that I read each month for the very interesting articles an products), and it shocked me.

In a past issue of the magazine, the cover story was “The Top 100 Skills Every Man Should Know” and included things like making a fire, chopping wood, and driving in snow.  My husband and I read through the list, noting all the things that he already knew how to do and commenting on other less-useful items (like driving off-road).  He mentioned at the time that most men would know how to do these things on the list and I remember thinking that the list was sort of fluff material, maybe a slow month for the magazine? However, it should be said that many of the things that a man should know how to do were things that I didn’t know how to do, and it never crossed my mind that I should learn. (You can take the quiz online right here to see how you match up.)

Back to the letter to the editor.  It was from a woman who was insulted that there was no mention of skills that a woman should know.  What shocked me though was the answer from the editor.  It stated essentially that the magazine is aimed at men and that there is a sister magazine called “Good Housekeeping” that is aimed at women and so the quiz was geared to its readers……men.  It had just never occurred to me until that moment that Popular Mechanics was a men’s magazine!  You’re probably laughing at me now, but really, I just thought of it as a general interest magazine.  Sure, I often skip over content in it about cars or how to build home items, but I thought it was just because there are always topics in magazines that are of no interest to me.  We  don’t have to read every article in a magazine to like it, do we?

Magazines often have specific readers in mind. Good Housekeeping is obviously not something a man is going to reach for in a waiting room, and most women will avoid GQ Magazine simply because of the name (Gentleman’s Quarterly, if you weren’t aware).  But why is a magazine like Popular Mechanics strictly for men?  Does that mean that women aren’t interested in mechanics, science or technology?  Should we avoid reading PC World and Discover Magazine as well?  Will reading such magazines offend our ladylike sensibilities?  NO!

My husband suggested that maybe this is another way society steers women away from the world of science and math, as it seems to do for our young girls.  It is like the world doesn’t want us to think about anything other than makeup, fashion and cooking.  I would like to think that these technical magazines are not strictly aimed at the male gender but rather are more general interest magazines.  I won’t stop reading them, but I will think about how the content is directed the next time I pick one up.


Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 6:48 am  Comments (3)  
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You can’t read that anymore!

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I thought I had planned for everything.  I have been married now for almost three months, and after planning for close to two years, I knew there would be some post-wedding withdrawals.  But I had planned for those…..or so I thought.  Since our wedding was in November, I figured that getting ready for Christmas would take up so much time and energy that I wouldn’t even think about wedding things.  And it worked on some levels so I really didn’t have the post-wedding blues like some brides.

And for the new year, I had planned projects.  I have a variety of things that I’ve been wanting to work at, little craft ideas, books I’d like to read and just generally things that would get me back to a normal life (as opposed to the constant researching, planning and crafting that took up the past two years).  And up until a few days ago, things were going well.  I am busy at work during the day and each evening, I find I have lots to do.  But then it happened.

I was leaving a store, blissfully unaware that something was about to happen, when I casually glanced at the magazines near the exit.  My eye instinctively darted to the bridal magazines, as it had for so long, and I spotted my guilty pleasure.  There it was, the beautiful magazine with its glossy cover, all pastels and sweetness, something that I would have been anticipating for weeks, hoping to spot the new issue as the seasons were about to change.  This particular bridal magazine is only issued every few months, but I would read it cover to cover, religiously, taking in all of the new ideas and photos, gleaning something fresh to add to my own wedding with each issue.  This was something I began to anticipate from the moment I became engaged.  And now I can no longer read it.

I’m sure there is no law against buying a bridal magazine once you are married, but in some part of my conscience, it feels wrong to want one.  And really, I don’t care about any of the others, just this one magazine that I came to really enjoy.  So, in all of my planning, no one even bothered to mention that this was something I would no longer need, and so I hadn’t even thought about it until two days ago.  And now I can’t help but feel a little sad.

What if someone said you couldn’t read the latest Nora Roberts or James Patterson anymore?  It wouldn’t feel right. But there it is, the wedding industry just drawing brides in and making us want things that we shouldn’t even care about.

I’m sure I’ll survive and even replace that fixation with something new, but for now I’ll just have to wean myself off this little addiction that I didn’t even realize I had. There should be counselling for brides to help them adjust to their new worlds of non-planning, a 12-step program available online at the very least.  I know I’d sign up today!

Published in: on January 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm  Comments (4)  
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