JOPLIN, Mo. —
I've been checking out a few magazines lately because of a building project I'm doing. I got to thinking one day that not everyone knows we have magazines that you can check out, so I thought I'd share some titles.
I've been checking out This Old House and Family Handyman for ideas on my project and have gleaned a few tips.
Of course, you may not care for building or remodeling (or maintenance, for that matter). Maybe interested in cars? How about Car and Driver, Hot Rod, Motor Trend or Road and Track? Or get off the ground with Flying or on the water with Motor Boating.
We have almost 400 magazine subscriptions, so surely there's something you'd like. Interested in pets or wildlife? We have Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy and Western Horseman, as well as National Wildlife and Audubon for your perusal.
More of a hands-on hobbyist? We have American Craft, Chip Chats, Crafts Ôn Things, Fine Woodworking, Martha Stewart Living, Workbench and more.
If none of that appeals, maybe some cooking? Bon Appetit! Or Cooking Light if you're watching your figure. Burn off some of those calories with something sporty! Bicycling, Bike, BMX Plus, Canoe & Kayak, Field and Stream, Fitness, Fly Fisherman, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Outdoor Life, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated are all here waiting for you. Jog on over and read Runner's World while you're at it.
Feeling a bit more cerebral? American History, Discover, Forbes, Humanist, New Republic, New York and New Yorker, as well as Smithsonian and Utne await.
Got wanderlust? National Geographic is here for the armchair explorer while National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler might help you plan some actual trips.
Not sure you have enough money for all that travel? Brush up on your financial affairs with Barron's, Economist, Forbes, The Kiplinger Letter or Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Money or even Smart Money.
All that financial stuff got you down? How about something lighter? Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, Mad, Mental Floss, O The Oprah Magazine, People Weekly, Reader's Digest, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Self, Seventeen, Southern Living, Spin, Us Weekly or Vogue might lighten your mental load.
Need some help raising kids? Parenting and Parents stand by ready to help, and Working Mother might come in handy. Trouble with your petunias? Horticulture and Organic Gardening should have something useful.
Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I've mentioned about 80 titles, which leaves more than 300 for you to discover for yourself.
You can check out four magazines for a week at a time, so if you get started now, you'll have them all read in just a few years.
Check out our collection of circulating magazines. We have titles just for teens and children, too, so don't forget to check whether they might appeal to you or your children. Whether educational, informational or just for fun, we have quite a selection.
Linda Cannon is collection development/circulation librarian for the Joplin Public Library.