LIBRARY MUSINGS: Help us choose magazines for your reading pleasure

Grand Forks and District Public Library
By Grand Forks and District Public Library
October 14th, 2012

Hi Grand Folks!

I need your help. Let me explain: as you hopefully know, we’ve got an extensive magazine collection here at the library. We subscribe to 77 magazines – everything from “A Needle Pulling Thread” to “Bon Appetit” to “Yoga Journal” to “Canadian Gardening” to “Fine Homebuilding” to “Popular Science” to “Canadian History”.

This month we’re going to be evaluating our collection, which will consist of finding out which magazines aren’t read very often, and figuring out which new magazines to add to our collection. And that’s how you can help – if there’s a magazine that you think would make a good addition to our collection, tell us about it!

Once we’ve collected all your feedback, we’ll be able to do a better job of subscribing to new magazines that are of interest to you.

In other news, somehow October is here already, and it’s turning out to be a month of author visits.

  • October 19 at 11:00 am, Sylvia Olsen will be here (“Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater”).
  • October 23 at 7:00 pm,  Rita Moir will be here with her One Book One Kootenay winner The Third Crop: A Personal and Historical Journey Into the Photo Albums and Shoeboxes of the Slocan Valley 1800s to Early 1900s.
  • And for those of who want to read some of your own poetry (or someone else’s) the Writers’ Guild will be hosting a Poetry Cafe at the library on October 18 at 6:30 pm.

Mark your calendars, because on October 25, 26, and 27 the Friends of the Library will be putting on their much-loved book sale in the library. All books are by donation – and we have thousands of books looking for a new home.

Finally, this week we received J.K. Rowling’s eagerly anticipated first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. It’s gotten some terrible reviews, and some good ones – you might want to make up your own mind on this one. I’ll give away this much: it starts with the following, decidedly un-magical sentence: “Barry Fairbrother did not want to go out to dinner.” Check it out to find out what happens next!