Off the Shelf: Magazines for Every Interest and Hobby

By Sharon Saye on August 23, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

Magazines may not be as popular as they once were since the heyday of Time, Newsweek, Life and Look, but they are still an attraction to many library users.  The library subscribes to around 100 magazines as well as 100 online on our Zinio platform.
Although, readers can find the expected magazines such as People, Time, and Sports Illustrated in the library’s physical collection, you can also browse through some more specialized titles such as West Virginia Game & Fish as well as JazzTimes and Discover.
If you are interested in crafts and hobbies, there is Popular Photography, Threads, American Patchwork & Quilting, Family Handyman, Organic Life, Popular Mechanics, and This Old House.  If you are an amateur cook or an expert, try Everyday with Rachel Ray, Taste of Home, Fine Cooking and Food Magazine.
History buffs can sample American History, Appalachian Heritage, Archaeology, Goldenseal, and Smithsonian.  For those keeping up with the national scene, try Time, New York, the Nation, National Review, Atlantic, and Rolling Stone,  The entertainment crowd can vicariously enjoy the celebrity world with People, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and Town and Country.
Weightwatchers, Dogster, Catster, Health, Runner, Utne, Pittsburgh, Astronomy, Southern Living, Vogue, Prevention, Country Living, Popular Science and Wonderful West Virginia are just a few more of the titles.
The library does not circulate the current issues of magazines; you need to read them in the library, but older issues can be checked out just like books.
The online collection is very similar.  You can access it through the City of Bridgeport’s website, click on digital services and then on rbdigital.  You need to sign in once with your library card, and then you can download magazines to your PC or personal devices.  Instructions on how to do it are available on the site.
The online collection duplicates some of the in-house magazines, but there are quite a few of exclusive titles such as The Economist, Us Weekly, The Week Magazine, In Touch Weekly, Newsweek, Cooking with Paula Deen, PC Magazine, OK, Woman’s World, Empire, Apple magazine, Backpacker, Diabetic Living, Eating Well, FamilyFun, Knits, Motor Trend, Oxygen and Star Magazine.
One of the advantages of the online collection is that you don’t accumulate stacks of old magazines, but once you download these issues they are yours until you delete them.

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