Staff Picks: Bealeton Staff Enjoys Magazines

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Bird Watching periodical coverAt the beginning of a new year, it isn’t uncommon to look for ways to save money, become better organized, learn something new, travel more and overall expand our horizons. Quite a tall order, but the library has you covered! From The Artist’s Magazine to Yoga Journal, we offer hundreds of magazines in print and electronic formats. Browse the most current issue in your local library branch and check out back issues for enjoyment at home. For anytime access, try Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

A few of our staff favorites:

Writer’s Digest is the go-to magazine for those interested in a fiction or non-fiction writing career. It features author interviews and excellent articles to jump start creativity, improve writing skills and motivate you to get your story written. It also includes current markets in which to submit finished work. An essential guide to the writing life.
~ Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch

One of my favorite magazines is Backwoods Home. Every issue is chock-full of hints to help with all sorts of projects. From starting seeds for your vegetable garden and preserving your harvest to building sheds and landscaping, there are tips for all skill levels. Plus, there are always lots of recipes and a little history thrown in too.
~ Frances, Circulation, Bealeton branch

I look at the Family Tree Magazine fairly often, but especially every year when they publish their list of “best websites for genealogy.” The most recent list of 101 websites was in the September 2016 issue. It is often overwhelming to try to keep up with all the newest information when researching genealogy and revisiting the “brick walls” in my research to try new leads. This list and the list of’s new and updated databases are my first go-to’s when looking for new resources online. Many tried and true favorites are on this list, but there are always new ones to view. Also, I frequently look for any articles by Maureen A. Taylor, “The Photo Detective,” who publishes information about how to identify old photographs by looking at hairstyles, clothing, furniture, photograph type, etc. This magazine is so much fun to look at if you are a genealogy enthusiast.
~ Mary Sue, Reference Librarian, Bealeton branch

My hands down, absolute favorite magazine offered by the library in both in print and electronic format (so you can even read the current issue at home) is Country Living Magazine. Each month the magazine provides beautiful ideas for decorating (including where you can find particular items featured) and how-to projects for your home, garden and even some excellent recipes – all with a simple, country living flair. The editors also do an excellent job of spinning out great books from compilations of topics covered in their magazine — these are wonderful and many are available at the library.
~ Alicia, Circulation, Circulation, Bealeton branch

See a complete list of printed magazines available for perusal at the Fauquier County Public Library or possible checkout. Alternatively, you may be specifically interested in our Virginiana magazine collection. Our Zinio e-magazine collection has a mix of some of the same and some different titles, so be sure to check those out.

Book listsreviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book or magazine. Or stop by the reference desk at your local library.

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