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Thursday, December 10, 2015

We've Got Magazines!

Posted by Amanda E.

Many of our patrons are unaware that we have a great collection of magazines that are available to check out.  You can borrow them for up to three weeks at a time or just look at them while you're here.  We subscribe to so many that it's almost certain you can find one that interests you. Here are some that I enjoy looking at while on my dinner break.

Interweave Knits – The library actually subscribes to two knitting magazines.  Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting.  I prefer Interweave because of the wearability and practicality of most of the patterns.  Vogue Knitting is too high fashion/abstract for most of what I want to make.  Interweave Knits runs great articles about new trends in fibers and tools and also delves into traditional techniques.  The patterns are innovative and on trend but still wearable.  Many of the designers in Interweave are people whose blogs I read or whom I follow on Ravelry. The style aesthetic really resonates with me.

Mental Floss –   It’s kind of busy but in a fun informational way.  This magazine is perfect for when you want some down time but also don’t want your brain to go stagnant.  Full of trivia and knowledge bombs.  Their tagline is “Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Make:  - I saw a 3D printer demo’ed at a library conference about 4 years ago.  I had a chance to speak to the gentleman doing the demonstration and he turned me on to Maker culture.   Makers are hardcore DIY-ers who don’t stop at glue guns. Maybe you’ve heard of 3D printed prosthetic limbs and home built robots?  This is the magazine for the people who make those things.  If ingenuity, electronics, technology, and DIY are your things you should check out Make:  

Eating Well – I love to cook, mostly because I love to eat.  Eating Well is a magazine that I’ll grab if I brought something particular uninspiring for dinner.  I’ll read about Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Brown Butter and Sage Sauce and I’ll pretend that my Sloppy Joes taste as good.  I actually cook quite a few recipes from Eating Well.  They offer a lot of meatless ideas and though most of their recipes require stuff not regularly found in my pantry I can still find many of the ingredients in a 5 mile radius from my house.   The recipes are written very clearly and are easy to follow.  I’m never going to follow the five night dinner plan because I am a ‘cook one big meal and eat leftovers all week’ kind of cook but I get lots of great ideas for what my one big meal will be from Eating Well.

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