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More than 80 magazines and newspapers available free

One of the lesser known benefits of your free library card is access to more than 80 different magazines on a wide variety of subjects, plus selected local and national newspapers.

Here is just a sample of the wealth of topics and titles available at the library: Arts: Art & Antiques plus Southwest Art. Business: Chief Executive Officer plus Fortune and Forbes. Computers: PC Magazine, Wired and MacWorld. Crafts: American Patchwork & Quilting plus Vogue Knitting Magazine. Do-It-Yourself: Fine Homebuilding and Handyman. Family: Baby Talk plus Parenting. Finance: Smart Money plus Chief Financial Officer. Gardening: Organizing Gardening and Sunset. General interest: Reader’s Digest (regular and large-type) plus Utne Reader. Health: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine plus Johns Hopkins Medical Letter. Home: Architectural Digest plus Martha Stewart Living. Lifestyle: Country Living plus Oprah and Vanity Fair. Pets: Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy. All the adult magazines are located in the Turner Reading Room.

We also have several magazines for tweens and teens, which are located in the Youth Services area: Seventeen, Kiki, Gamerinformer and Boy’s Life. In the Early Literacy section, we have several magazines for our youngest readers plus Home Education for parents who are homeschooling their children.

Then there are Spanish-language magazines like Latina and Selectiones (Spanish-language Reader’s Digest). There are lots of cooking magazines including Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Food and Wine, Gourmet and Taste of Home. There are several current events magazines like The Economist, Time, Newsweek and The Week. There are magazines relating to outdoor activities like Audubon, Colorado Outdoors, Field & Stream plus Horse and Rider. And there are all sorts of other special interest magazines including Air & Space, American Heritage, Atlantic, Consumer Reports, Discover, Mother Jones, National Geographic, People, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and Wine Spectator.

Newspapers available are The Pagosa Springs SUN, Durango Herald, Denver Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Christian Science Monitor, High Country News and The Colorado Statesman.

Current issues of magazines and newspapers must be read in the library. Previous issues can be checked out for three weeks, the same timeframe as a book. We hope you’ll come in and take advantage of these and other subscriptions to keep up to date on topics that interest you – and to save money from your personal magazine and newspaper budget in these tough economic times.


If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011, Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

Large print westerns

“Crucifixion River” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a collection including a short novel plus seven other short stories by this husband-wife team. “Helltown Massacre” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is about battles relating to a new railroad in Nevada Territory.

Large print mysteries

“Taken” by Robert Crais is a story of human traffickers. “Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George is the latest in the series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley, Simon and Deborah St. James. “The Alpine Winter” by Mary Daheim is a mystery set in Washington State. “The Rope” by Nevada Barr is the latest in the series featuring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. “The Impossible Dead” by Ian Rankin follows Internal Affairs’ investigation into cops covering up for colleagues. “Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble” by Peggy Webb is the latest in the Southern Cousins Cozy mystery series. “Murder of a Creped Suzette” by Denise Swanson is the latest in the Scumble River mystery series. “Down the Darkest Road” by Tami Hoag is the latest in the Oak Knoll thriller series. “Double Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay is about a serial killer who also works for the Miami PD. “The Chalk Girl” by Carol O’Connell is the latest is the Mallory Special Crimes Unit series. “Left for Dead” by J.A. Jance follows the broader ramifications of what appeared to be a simple drug war death.

Large print romance

“Sage Creek” by Jill Gregory is the first book of a new series set in Lonesome Way, Montana.

“The Comforts of Home” by Jodi Thomas is latest in the Harmony series set in Texas. “True Blue” by Diana Palmer is the latest in the Long Tall Texans series. “The Silver Lotus” by Thomas Steinbeck is an historical romance set against the trading routes of the Pacific Rim.

Other large print novels

“When She Woke” by Hillary Jordan is a futuristic fable about a stigmatized woman. “Nanjing Requiem” by Ha Jin is historical fiction about the Rape of Nanjing” in 1937. “The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury tells of an herb previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America. “Georgia Bottoms” by Mark Childress is a new comedy about a Southern socialite with a hidden business in Alabama. “Copper Beach” by Jayne Ann Krentz is the latest in the Dark Legacy psychic series.


“Shadows in Flight” by Orson Scott Card is the sequel to “Shadow of the Giant” — a continuation but not the conclusion of the Ender series. “Star Wars: Darth Plagueis” by James Luceno explores the tragedy of a Dark Lord of the Sith.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Nancy Green and Glenn Woodruff.

Quotable quote

“If I have been able to see farther than others it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” — Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727), English physicist, mathematician, astronomer and theologian.


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