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Must-read magazines

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………


  1. Organic Gardening
  2. Consumer Reports (did you know you can also find Consumer Reports product reviews online via our library website?)
  3. Ladies Home Journal
  4. Mother Earth News
  5. Cooking Light
  6. Cook’s Illustrated
  7. People
  8. Martha Stewart Living
  9. Taste of Home
  10.  Sunset
  11. O the Oprah Magazine
  12. Glamour
  13. National Geographic
  14. Better Homes and Gardens
  15. Health
  16. Good Housekeeping
  17. Country
  18.  Weight Watchers
  19. Bon Appetit
  20. 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.




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