by Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian
Escape the ordinary this summer! Entertain your brain with one of the more than 200 magazines available at the public library. A wonderfully varied collection stands ready to expand your reading choices this summer. Familiar favorites like Time, Good Housekeeping, and Sports Illustrated sit next to numerous specialty magazines that cover diverse topics: lifestyle magazines about hobbies, home decor, cooking, and gardening; up-to-date coverage of news, science, and politics; and wide-ranging material on history, art, and entertainment. On the go? Borrow back issues and read them when and where you choose. Or, scan materials using our free scanner, then save them to a flash drive or e-mail them anywhere using a simple touch-screen panel.
Indulge your nesting instinct! Our home collection boasts titles like Dwell, a unique magazine that stylishly explores both interior and exterior home design by showing modern ways to put identity, creativity, and harmony into living spaces. Check out Elle Décor, which bridges high fashion and home design with decorating trends to create personality-packed interiors. And, don’t miss other home-making titles such as This Old House, Victorian Homes, and Fine Homebuilding.
Get some dirt under your fingernails! The green-thumbed will surely enjoy many of our gardening titles, like Fine Gardening, Country Living, and Heirloom Gardening. Don’t miss Taproot Magazine, an ad-free independent homesteading quarterly that also digs into food, farm, family, and craft. These titles burst with ideas and inspiration to help you make your summer garden fresh.
Spice up your cuisine! The library serves up a regular buffet of cooking magazines. Some aspire to gourmet tastes, like Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Cook’s Illustrated. Others have a down-home touch, like Cook’s Country, full of easy-to-follow recipes for putting together honest home-cooked meals. Many more cater to specific tastes, including Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, and Mary Jane’s Farm, which also explores organic farming methods and handicrafts.
Stray away from the beaten path! Explore our collection to find magazines on bicycling, flying, and running, like American Cowboy, Cycle World, and Runner’s World; catch up on well-seasoned favorites like Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. Backpacker offers straightforward “you can do it–here’s how” advice for packing more into your wild excursions and charts the best locations, gear and techniques for camping and hiking, including fold-out maps and stunning photography.
Make something unique! The library’s craft magazines offer information and projects that will let you hone your skills while making things you will treasure. Sew things up with Interweave Crochet and Interweave Knits; build up some steam with Model Railroader; work the grain with Woodcarving, Fine Woodworking, and loads of other hands-on titles from skilled artisans of all stripes.
Reshape yourself! Grow healthier, exercise effectively, and build the right “you” with advice and encouragement from current exercise, wellness, and nutritional magazines. Women’s (and Men’s!) Health, Yoga Journal, Fitness, and Eating Well are only some of the titles on our shelves that can help you develop confidence and energy through better health.
Learn something truly new! Titles like Air & Space, Astronomy, Discover, and Scientific American Mind push the bounds of nature and technology. Go beyond with Ad Astra, the award-winning magazine of the National Space Society, featuring the latest news in space exploration along with dazzling photography.
Beat the trends! Titles like Brides, Elle, Vogue, Lucky, and Instyle will help you keep your closet current. Marie Claire offers a classy perspective on fashion, beauty, celebrities, careers, and love.
Rediscover the Sunflower State! Magazines such as KC Magazine, Kansas, and Kansas History explore the current and historical happenings that make Kansas a unique place to live. Also, free copies of Manhattan Magazine are available at the Information Desk.
Shine a new light on today’s news! Utne Reader is a quarterly American news magazine that collects and reprints articles on politics, culture, and the environment, generally from alternative media sources including academic journals, regional weeklies, amateur zines, and music papers. Many more perspectives on life and current events can be found in Week, Humanist, American Spectator, and many more magazines.
Keep your trade current! Up-to-date business news and insightful financial commentary is yours to command in publications like Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, and Black Enterprise. Don’t miss the Kiplinger Letters from our newsletters section, or the Wall Street Journal, just one of many newspapers available at the library.
Go beyond hard copies! The library offers access to several research databases that provide full text articles from thousands [right??] of professional magazines and journals. Ask for assistance at the Information and Reference desks, and find the right materials for your research needs.
*Summer Reading—The adult summer reading theme is “Escape the Ordinary!” To be eligible for prizes you are invited to sign up online at Manhattan Public Library’s main page (www.MHKlibrary.org) or at the Information Desk on first floor.