New magazines available to read at Juneau libraries

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2006

Curious about a magazine, but want to sample it before you buy it? Want to keep up with your reading without adding to the landfill with a subscription of your own? The Juneau Public Libraries have subscriptions to over 250 different magazines. Whatever your interest, take a look on our shelves or in our catalog. The newest issues of every magazine are displayed for browsing in plastic covers and are not available for check out. Older issues are housed separately and may checked out for a month at a time. And, just as with books, you can place holds on magazines and have them sent to the library that is most convenient for you. Here are a few of our newly-added titles.

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The words "groovy," "trendy," and "hip" are often used to describe Readymade, a crafty, home decorating magazine with flair. Look here for ideas for sewing your own ties and making lights out of trash cans. Are you crafty but not groovy? Try Piecework, Threads, Bead and Button, McCall's Quilting, Interweave Knits, Knitter's Magazine, Woodcarving, Fiberarts, Knit Simple, Family Fun (for kid-friendly activities), Ceramics Monthly, Belle Armoire, Beadwork, Artist's Magazine, Knitscene, Somerset Studio, Ornament and Watercolor Magic.

Geeks of a certain variety will be fascinated by Make, a hefty quarterly which aims its projects at readers who keep old cell phones, computers and soldering irons on hand because they could be turned into something cool eventually. Twisted technology projects include reconfiguring robot dogs to sniff out toxic waste, building rail guns, and outfitting your yard with a monorail. There really isn't anything else like it in our collection.

Find a progressive outlook on life in Ode and Punk Planet, which both feature articles on a wide range of topics. Ode focuses on people who are making positive changes to the world: for instance, the psychiatrist who advocates treating depression with good nutrition instead of medication, and advocates of edible landscaping. Punk Planet devotes itself to music, politics and culture, and features writers from all walks of life.

Pages is dedicated to readers of all ages who want to keep track of upcoming popular non-fiction and fiction, with interviews of major writers, such as Laurell Hamilton, and regular features like big-screen books, promising debuts and new releases. For more literary offerings, check out Bookmarks, New York Review of Books, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal and The New York Times Book Review.

There are several magazines to which we've subscribed, but which we haven't received yet, so look for these to turn up in the next few months:

Americas en Espanol spotlights the huge variety of cultures in the Americas, with articles on archeology, art, culture, and literature from locales such as Trinidad, Venezuela, Peru and Mexico. Other magazines in languages other than English already at the libraries are People en Espanol, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Vanidades, Selecciones and Letras Libres. Magazines in English, but with a multicultural and international appeal include Filipinas, Transitions Abroad and Faces (for kids).

The Economist is a weekly magazine that covers current events, science and technology, and business and finance, with an eye towards the information businesses need to succeed. Other business-oriented titles include Fast Company and Home Business.

Paste will be a great resource for the latest in music and movie reviews across genres when it arrives. In addition to reviews, it contains in-depth artist interviews of the well-known and the up-and-coming, and will include either a CD or a dvd of samples every month. Another new music magazine is Vibe, whose focus is on the hip-hop and R&B community, with articles, interviews and reviews.

Keep an eye out for Taste of Home, an ad-free magazine (like Cook's Illustrated) with tons of recipes for homestyle cooking to fit nearly any budget and time frame. While you're waiting, take a look at Cook's Country, which has a similar approach to recipe choice: simple-to-prepare, homey food that just about everyone (even kids) will love.

Come to the downtown library at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear "Philosophy Through Film," a presentation by Chris Grau, associate professor of philosophy at Florida International University. See our Web site ( for more details.

As always, placing a hold on our material is easy. Call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalog or at the In the Stacks column on our site. The columns are hyperlinked to the catalog. Simply click on the title you want, and you will be ready to place a hold.

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