Read in Ned : News from Your Library


Amy Carrill, Nederland

The Nederland Community Library holds an excellent collection of books, but it also offers an array of magazines. Covering a wide range of topics, these magazines can be read in-house, or checked out for seven-day periods. The following are just a few examples of the many choices.
Archaeology is a personal favorite. Published every two months, it reviews archaeological discoveries that recently have occurred around the globe. The articles don’t stop at merely describing the discoveries themselves, but rather place those discoveries within the greater context of the given culture. Perusing just one issue of this magazine exposes a reader to the wonderful complexities of numerous ancient cultures. And, really, after reading a few articles, it becomes nearly impossible not to suspect that, in some ways, those long gone people experienced much richer creative, imaginative, and spiritual lives than we do now.
For world news, no other major magazine can compete with The Economist. Tired of reading shallow little articles warped by the current spin? Tired of sound bites and tweets and Comedy Central “news”? Tired of talking point upon talking point dominating the discussion? Sink into The Economist for a deeper and more reasoned exploration of world events. It is one of the few old-school news powerhouses remaining.
To spend a little time within scientific realms, pick up a copy of Scientific American. Though not nearly as scholarly and detailed as it was in years past, it still presents the newest scientific discoveries in an intelligently lucid manner. One fun aspect of the publication?  Sometimes a discovery seems so amazing, so impossible and yet so elegantly simple, that a reader’s first thought is that the discovery must be science fiction. But it isn’t. It is yet another wondrous facet of the natural world thriving all around us.
For cooking geeks, Cook’s Illustrated is good fun. The test cooks at the magazine aren’t satisfied with simply making good food. Rather, they expend considerable effort determining why some variations of recipes work better than others. Their findings teach readers a significant amount about cooking, far beyond the specific recipes. Here’s hoping that sometime soon the magazine will begin including a more eclectic assortment of recipes, branching out beyond its more traditional standbys.
For those library patrons of an intellectual bent, a trio of magazines awaits your perusal. The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s are all similar in some ways, but each also has its own style and outlook. It is difficult to describe these magazines in specific detail, because the articles in any given issue cover a wide range of topics. But that is one of the good fun aspects of these magazines. All sorts of interesting surprises lurk between the covers.
In addition to these few examples, the library holds dozens of other magazines focused on various topics. Art, the great outdoors, celebrity gossip. Sports, travel, crafts, or mystery writing. Music, mechanics, health, vehicles….  You get the idea. Something for everyone, no matter what the preference.