Libraries offer readers a free way to enjoy one of life’s little pleasures
What makes a visit to the dentist bearable? How do you occupy your mind while you are waiting for your oil to be changed or your car to be washed? Why do you sometimes find extra $10 impulse buys on your grocery receipt? Magazines are a little diversion that can take you out of the moment. There are magazines dedicated to any interest you might have. If your passion is sports, there is the classic Sports Illustrated. If you are an outdoorsman there are Running, Outdoors, Field and Stream, and Climbing, to name a few. Ski, Golf and Tennis are geared towards those enthusiasts. Homemaking provides hundreds of magazines including Real Simple, O, and Martha Stewart’s Living, which will advise us on everything from decorating to recipes. There is no end to lifestyle magazines including Mountain Living, Town & Country and Rolling Stone. If you are intrigued by celebrity lives you will enjoy People, Us or Vanity Fair. Let’s not neglect fashion and the beautiful images in Vogue, Bazaar and In-Style. News, literature and the arts can be found in Time, the New Yorker, U.S. News and World Report and the Economist. Seventeen, Teen People, Skateboarding, ESPN and Boys Life appeal to our teen patrons. There are also Spanish language magazines including Vanidades, People en Espaol and Americas. You can find magazines about parenting, crafts, yoga, computers and gaming, and anything else you can imagine. Magazines are one of life’s little pleasures. They help time pass quickly while you are waiting, and they are a perfect way to spend a few minutes on a shady summer porch. If you are concerned about the environment and hesitate to order magazine subscriptions, or if you are trying to get out of the grocery store while staying within your budget, remember that the Garfield County Library subscribes to more than 200 diverse magazines. Once the new issue arrives you can spend leisurely time reading in the air conditioned library or check out any back issue for seven days. Think how this could help mitigate the clutter in your home. When you are done with an issue just return it to the library. You won’t even need to read bits and pieces of articles in line at the grocery store. You can read the whole thing – for free – just by using your library.Next time you stop by the library pick up a magazine and take it home. If you are looking for a research article or something specific from a back issue simply ask a librarian or access Ebscohost, a periodical database, from the library website http://www.garfieldlibraries.org at home or in the library. Either way, enjoy your browsing.Marilyn Murphy is branch manager of the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale.
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