The Periodical Tableaux, V.1

With the Library re-opened, you, dear Patron, may have noticed our magazine shelves look a bit different, denuded even! Indeed, there may be fewer print magazines (thanks, 2020!) but we have oh so many more e-magazines. All are readily available through OverDrive/Libby via your library account.

For assistance with your Libby account, call the Reference Desk @ 425-257-8000 (tue-sat | 10-6).

In this and forthcoming posts, we shall delve into our newly acquired e-magazines ecosystem – as well as our legacy print – and tease out the nuggets and, hopefully, discover some new favorites.

Firstly, we might recall what we lost…unfortunately, about 130 print titles we could not replace; fortunately, we were able to replace 76 lost print tiles with their digital equivalent.

As for the 130 lost print titles, future posts will look at which new e-magazines might work best for mitigating their absence.  

For example, let’s look at the very first magazine in our catalog’s strict alpha-numeric ordering and, by coincidence, the first cut from our renewal list…425 Magazine, a celebration of King County’s Eastside. One might simply swap with our print version of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, but that might be just a bit 206 for y’all.

So, does EPL possess any subject-equivalent e-magazines within our new holdings? Unfortunately, not yet. However, if one simply must have a magazine with the numeral “4” in the title, we do have you covered.

Our first contender might be 0024 Horloges, fancy watches, fancy prices, written in fancy French, a oui, indeed.

No time for watches? Then, how about 4×4 Magazine Australia? Plenty of intriguing articles, insightful reviews, and written in plain ol’ Australian.

All that wheelin’ making you hungry? Try 400 Calories or Less: Easy Italian, the Spaghetti Pie w/ prosciutto and peas (pg. 27) is particularly intriguing.

Or, J-14 (a lost print-mag now in e-mag format) for youth enthralled with youth celebrity, youth fashion, youth music, youth etc.…

Of course, not all celebrity is for the kids, Victoria: Fabulous at 40 lists as a one-off devoted to the most famous Spice Girl married to a former soccer great.

Speaking of footing the ball, the new collection also boasts many other historical editions, e.g. World Cup Guide 2014 & The Complete Guide to World Cup 2014. While the 2014 teams’ rosters are a bit dated, these issues also highlight Cups gone by with results and standout performances. Lest we forget, Team USA placed 3rd in the 1930 competition.

Until next time, keep browsing…

Better Living Through Stitching Together

World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, June 13, 2020. This largest knitter-run event in the world started in 2005 and is now celebrated in at least 57 countries. Volunteers all over the world host events to bring knitters together to socialize, learn new skills, and share the joy of knit and crochet with the general public.

Our library celebration couldn’t take place this year, so I thought it would be fun to look back at past events.

Yarn bombing is a type of knit and crochet graffiti or street art and we’ve had some exceptional examples at the library.

All ages are welcome to participate in the activities. There is a lot of talking and laughter while working on a current project for all to see.

Knitting competitions can be fierce with trophies for the winners!

Library staff enjoy knitting displays for the Children’s Department and Circulation Office.

I’m looking forward to World Wide Knit in Public Day 2021 when we can all get together again. In the meantime, check out these ebooks and magazines on OverDrive/Libby for inspiration and to improve your skills.

Hope to see you next year!

Every Day is Black Friday at the Library

Black Friday is every day in the lobby of the Main Library where we have a book sale where most items cost either 25 cents (hardback books) or 10 cents (magazines, paperbacks). But, wait, there’s more: We even have CDs for $1 and sometimes recorded books on CD for $2.00.

Items in the book sale are primarily from the library’s collection and were discarded for a variety of reasons, but many are donated and in pristine condition. Several patrons come in often to peruse what’s on the sale shelves because they know things are added daily. Boxes are available for those who get carried away because the prices are so cheap.

Here I do have to tell you that the library isn’t actually open on the traditional black Friday, November 23rd, as it’s a city holiday. But we’ll be open the next day.

Besides the bargain book sale, library card holders get the gift of over 60 free digital magazine subscriptions which can be accessed at any time. Technically the library is the subscriber, but  with your library card you can download the current issue (and back issues) of titles like Wired, Runner’s World, Vogue, Bicycling, Bon Appetit, Outside, The New Yorker, Sail, Fine Cooking, Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Dwell, Brides, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Digital Photo Pro, Backpacker, Saveur, Rolling Stone, PC World, People, and National Geographic.

And, there’s over 30 more magazine titles available. Scroll through the covers of all the current issues available for download through Flipster.  If you need some assistance with downloading magazines to your tablet, phone or other device, you can book a 30 or 60 minute appointment with a librarian. We’re always here to help!

Writing for Dollars

Grab a pencil

Bylines

So you really want to write

Geez, it’s not easy to write a good blog post heading.  It must be even more difficult to come up with one for a magazine article, let alone the whole article.

Luckily, help is on the way. If you really want to add Freelance magazine writer to your resume, you’ll want to be here this Saturday (September 15th)  at the Main Library at 2PM for just such a program. William Cook, who has written for a variety of well-known magazines, will let you in on a few secrets of magazine article writing.  He also promises to show how to avoid being branded a hack writer.

Who knows, maybe he could even help me with crafting some decent headings.

But wait, there’s more.  Before, or after (but please not during) Mr. Cook’s program, head to the 800’s (808.02 to be more precise). That’s where you’ll find books like Magazine Writing: A Step-By-Step Guide for Success, and  Writing for Magazines: How to Get Your Work Published in Local Newspapers and Magazines, and Teach Yourself Writing for Magazines.

Then, when you’ve had your first magazine article published, tell us. We’d like to be in on the beginning of your writing career.

Joan