“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work. Blogs may be about new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read. Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things. Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too. No matter the source, good reads are featured here.
I am going to make a couple assumptions here and I would love it if someone would write back to tell me I am wrong … I assume that you don’t know the library has Skeptical Inquirer: the magazine for science and reason. It is one of a large collection of magazines we offer covering a wide variety of interests, which brings me to my second assumption. I also assume you don’t know back issues of magazines can be checked out.
Was there a recipe, craft project or knitting pattern you want to try or an interesting article you want to peruse while sitting in your favorite spot? Go for it! You can bring home past issues of magazines for two weeks, just like books. The current issues, which we put in plastic covers, stay in the library until they are replaced with newer ones. For most magazines we keep one year’s worth of back issues underneath the display shelf (or behind, depending upon your point of view).
Our magazine collection probably has several titles you haven’t heard of, for instance:
scholarly articles about contemporary art, media, architecture & critical theory
The Christian Century: thinking critically, living faithfully
applies Christian thought to contemporary topics of interest, such as gun-ownership
filmmaking in the U.S. and abroad, published by Film Society of Lincoln Center
for today’s cutting-edge food producers and consumers: farmers, chefs, home-cooks
Hockey News: the international hockey weekly
all about North American conference teams with special issues such as “Season Opener” and “Yearbook”
an independent political monthly magazine from Hull, Massachusetts, in its 30th year
And here I will include Skeptical Inquirer: the magazine for science and reason, which “focuses on what the scientific community knows about claims of the paranormal as opposed to media sensationalism. The journal promotes scientific research, critical thinking and science education.” (Magazines for Libraries, 2014, p. 613)
We have all the star titles you would expect to find as well. Look for your favorite filed alphabetically. Or, if you have a topic of interest, anything from art to the zodiac, just ask a reference librarian and we’ll see what we can find for you.