Read Magazines During the Holidays!

flipster_poster_11x171-page-001If you’re looking for things to do while you’re off on holidays, and the library is closed, don’t forget that you can download magazines to your computer or device and read for FREE!  All you need is your library card!

Flipster is fabulous….and we have tons of great magazines for the whole family. Download the latest issues, or back issues, print off pages to keep recipes or articles, and read as many issues as you like, just by using your library card.

Visit our website and click on the Flipster banner to start reading today!

Are You Flipping Out Yet?

Flipster online magazinesMany of our patrons are flipping out over the new magazine app on our library catalog called Flipster. All you need is your library card to download and read these great magazines online, or in the free app.

What kinds of magazines, you ask? How about reading an article in “Popular Science” this month about how ISIS is using all the best social media practices to make connections with their followers? Or how about reading about a trip to Georgia in the winter months to find out all about the food and hospitality they have to offer in “Food & Travel” this month? Or read all about the man who makes the average superstar in Hollywood into a superhero (at least, he makes over their bodies to look that way), in “Vanity Fair” this month.

We have so many great magazines you can read–along with their back issues–so get started today! It’s a great way to pass the time during all this bad weather we’ve been having. And even better? It’s free with your library card!

We’re Flipping Out!

Flipster online magazinesYes, we’re flipping out over magazines! Now available on our library website…Flipster!

Flipster is the fun new way to read magazines. All you need is your library card number, and you’ll have access to a wide variety of great titles like ‘Style at Home’, ‘New Old House’, ‘Entertainment Weekly’, ‘Vanity Fair’, and many more! We’ve just expanded your reading options, simply by the click of a mouse.

Drop by our library catalog, click on the Flipster link on the main page (or access if through the eResources button on the left side), and you’ll be whisked off to read. Simply pop in your library card number and you’ll be reading magazines in no time. Not only do you have access to the most current issues, but you can find back issues, print off articles, and even have quick access to their social media links.  It’s a lot of fun…for free!

If you’re interested, you can also download the free Flipster app to your device, download a magazine through your library card account, and read it offline. It couldn’t be more convenient if it tried!

For more information on how to use Flipster, this great little video will tell you all you need to know. Still not sure? Call us at the library, or drop in for an easy demonstration. We want you to flip out, too!

Are YOU on the list?

Once again, Time Magazine has brought out its list of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Not only is the list interesting, but the pairing of the writers who put together the pieces on each individual is often inspired. There are actors, politicians, singers, artists, activists, scientists and more.

time100covergrid-finalThese people are not necessarily the most well-liked people in the world (Kanye West appears, as does his wife, Kim Kardashian West), but they are certainly the people who shape the world just by being who they are. Controversy might be seen as a negative, but it makes people talk about someone and what they stand for, and that’s influence.

Take a few minutes to drop by the site and see everyone on the list. The blurb about each person on the list is fascinating, and many are accompanied by a video. Of course, you can read the entire article in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The covers, photographed by Sebastian Kim, can be found right here.


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.


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! 


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!