In addition to the normally thought of books that are contained in our library, Peter White Public Library has approximately 300 titles of magazines, periodicals and newsletters which are printed on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or occasional basis. Most are in the Reading Room on the main floor with young adult titles in the Teen Area and children's titles in Youth Services on the lower level. The library pays for most subscriptions with about 40 titles donated by organizations or individuals on specific subjects, plus a few which are free. Some of the subjects included in the subscriptions are art, architecture, business, handicrafts, finance, health, travel, news, technology and pop culture.
Magazines in the Reading Room are alphabetical from the left of the entrance, with the current copy in a plastic binder on the outside shelf and back issues underneath. Older issues, some dating back more than 20 years, are shelved on the second floor.
Since this is the beginning of a new year and a new administration, some patrons may want to find out more than usual about what is happening with our politics, finances and business ventures. To aid these inquisitive minds, I'm going to highlight some of those periodicals.
Founded as The Atlantic Monthly in 1857 in Boston, MA, The Atlantic has evolved from a literary commentary that introduced new writers and poets to an editorial periodical that covers news and analysis on political science, international affairs and the economy. Published 10 times per year, its main writers include Jeffrey Goldberg, Robert D. Kaplan and Ta-Nehisi Coates. There is also an online at version at www.theatlantic.com.
Economist is an authoritative weekly focusing on international politics, business news and opinion. If you want to know what the rest of the world is thinking, read the Economist. It is known for its insightful articles and analysis of politics, business, finance, science and culture. Edited out of London with local U.S. editions, every issue is filled with lively writing, thoughtful analysis and amusing captions. Most of all, Economist is not afraid to state an opinion.
Now known as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Business Week magazine began publishing in September 1929, just weeks before the crash. Its purpose was, and still is, to provide information and opinions on what is happening in the business world and to cover new and emerging trends. Bought and renamed in late 2009, it continues today as a premier weekly business magazine.
The New Yorker is an American magazine of reports, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. It is published by Conde Nast and is now published 47 times annually, with five of the issues covering two-week spans. Published on Mondays, this magazine can be found in print, online and can be put on your tablet.
The oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, The Nation is self-described as "the flagship of the left." The magazine devotes its articles to politics and culture. Founded on July 6, 1865, "The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body" it tries to present true political, progressive, and liberal ideas to its readership even today.
Money, published by Time Inc., contains articles that cover the gamut of personal finance topics ranging from investing, saving, retirement and taxes to family finance issues such as paying for college, credit, career and home improvement. It is well-known for its annual list of "America's Best Places to Live."
The library also subscribes to Time, the world's largest circulation weekly news magazine with a readership of 25 million. It is regarded as one of the most popular magazines in history and is recognized by its signature red border on the cover. The issue released shortly after the 9/11 attacks is the only issue that featured a black border to symbolize the mourning that everyone was experiencing. However, this edition was a special "extra" edition published quickly for the breaking news. Time's most famous feature throughout its history has been the annual "Person of the Year" (formerly "Man of the Year") cover story. Archived copies date back to 1970.
Utne Reader, aka Utne, is an American bimonthly magazine that collects and reprints articles on politics, culture, and the environment. The periodical digests the best in independent ideas and alternative culture. Their motto of "We're not right, not left, but forward thinking" restates the tag on their cover that it is "alternative coverage." The magazine also has a website, www.utne.com , which produces ten blogs covering politics, environment, media, spirituality, science and technology, great writing, and the arts.
A recent loss in this category of magazines is Newsweek. Back in October, after 80 years of publication, its publishers announced they would cease print issues at the end of December. It will transition to an all-digital format, to be called Newsweek Global in 2013, available through our Zinio digital service. This week's online cover is a digital animation that can be found at @Newsweek. PWPL has back paper issues beginning with 1935.
Peter White's newest way to enjoy periodicals is Zinio digital service. Magazines are now offered through the Great Lakes Digital Library, the same service that brings the library's downloadable and ebooks to a patron's computer or mobile device. Currently there are approximately 100 titles available. To see what's available, go to www.pwpl.info, select "New Digital Magazines", create an account and begin enjoying the latest issues of your favorite magazines for free.
- Vicki Mann