We just ran some numbers to see which magazines our patrons are checking out. I’m looking ahead to 2o13 budget, and if we opt not to renew some of the magazines we currently receive, I want to make sure that I keep the ones that people are reading and checking out.
But the tricky part is knowing what magazines people are reading here in the library. Most days there are several people over by the fireplace (more on cold winter day), curled up with magazines and newspapers.
What about you? If you’re one of those in-the-library magazine readers, let us know which magazines you like to browse through.
Here’s the top- ten list, based on 5-years circulation.
|MOTHER EARTH NEWS
|NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
|MARTHA STEWART LIVING
|TASTE OF HOME
Did you know that the library subscribes to about 90 periodicals? (That’s library lingo for magazines and newspapers.) Click here for a list.
We’ve got magazines for kids and teens, magazines in Spanish, magazines that cover subjects from architecture to weight watching, plus four daily newspapers. Also, we have nice comfy chairs around the fireplace where you can curl up and read.
Relax and browse the latest issue of People, Newsweek, Seattle, or Smithsonian, or whatever floats your boat. The newest issue of each magazine is for reading in the library, but three year’s worth of back issues can be checked out.
So the next time you’re in the library, check out the periodicals. We’ve most likely got magazines that support your interests, and others that might just pique your interest on something new or teach you something about the world around you.
In this climate of reduced budgets and trying to do more with less, I’m taking a close look at our magazine subscriptions. Using our circulation software, I was able to find out which magazines check out the most. Then we conducted an informal poll to find out which magazines people are reading here in the library, possibly while sitting in a comfortable chair over by the fireplace.
So based on those two numbers (checkouts and in-the-library reading) here’s a list of the top 20 Must-Read Magazines of BPL. Drum roll please………
- Organic Gardening
- Consumer Reports (did you know you can also find Consumer Reports product reviews online via our library website?)
- Ladies Home Journal
- Mother Earth News
- Cooking Light
- Cook’s Illustrated
- Martha Stewart Living
- Taste of Home
- O the Oprah Magazine
- National Geographic
- Better Homes and Gardens
- Good Housekeeping
- Weight Watchers
- Bon Appetit
- Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine
We currently subscribe to about 100 magazines and newspapers. When it’s time to renew, we’ll be using the input we received to help us make decisions.