Want to have popular magazines delivered right to your email free of charge?

Want to have popular magazines delivered right to your email free of charge?

Our Popular Magazines Collection database does just that, delivering users hundreds of titles with a strong focus on current events, sports, science and health.

So if it’s Cosmopolitan, Popular Science, House Beautiful, Women’s Health, Field and Stream or USA Today that you want, you can set up an alert to get it daily, weekly or monthly.

I am particularly impressed with The Economist for its analysis of international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology. I have it delivered to my email each week so I can read it on my tablet.

To set up a journal alert:

•Go to www.cityofcrestview.org/library.php and click on “Electronic Resources” on the left frame.

•Scroll down and click on the red “Popular Magazines” icon.

•Enter your 14-digit library card number, without spaces.

•Search “Publication Title” for the magazine you want and click on the green title link within the results. There, you will find the “About this Publication” information, including the full-text coverage date range.

Some magazines, like Consumer Reports, will not have full text available for a period because they want you to buy the print subscription first.

Some articles in many magazines’ print version may not appear in the electronic version because the publisher is not the rights holder.

•Click “Create Journal Alert” on the right side under “Tools” and type your email address, choose how often you want it delivered, and click “Submit.”

We also encourage you to come into the library to browse the current issue of the magazines we subscribe to in print. (I do this with The Economist since not all articles are included in the database version.) Each magazine’s current issue appears on shelves in the rear of the library under the mural, and the back issues that may be checked out for two weeks are below.

The library also appreciates residents who donate magazine subscriptions to us. Please call Audrey, 682-4432, to learn what titles are needed.


Don’t miss the Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale this weekend.  The Friday preview sale is 5-8 p.m. with a $2 admission charge if you are not a Friends member, but you may join at the door.  Memberships start at $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. 

The sale continues Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission fee.  A large selection of books, CDs, and movies is available in all genres.  There is an especially large selection of large-print titles available for this sale.

Come support the library with your purchases, donations, and memberships.  All money goes to help the library, providing everything from new books and programs for children to special projects like the library mural, foyer display cases, and the “Whiz Kid” statue. 

There is a special need for library fundraising this year since the library’s budget for new books was cut from the city budget this year.


“Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World” by Doc Hendley.

Doc Hendley, a small-town bartender, loved his Harley, music and booze.

That was before he learned about the world’s water crisis, after which he decided to host a few fundraisers.

His involvement in the cause deepened, and travels led him to chaotic, dangerous Darfur, Sudan, where the government wiped out villages with state-sponsored genocide, using water as a chief weapon. By dumping corpses in wells and shooting up water bladders, Janjaweed terrorists doomed hundreds of thousands of citizens to dehydration and disease.

Hendley, at 25 years old, was inexperienced, untrained and in constant danger — but he stepped up to save lives.

His efforts included begging international agencies for funding, dodging trigger-happy Janjaweed, and drilling and repairing wells to give drinking water to those who desperately needed it.

Here is a gripping story of how an ordinary person can make a difference.

See www.winetowater.org for more information about Hendley’s ongoing efforts to provide safe drinking water to 1 billion people who lack it.


Poetry Slam and Open-Mic Night: 6 p.m. April 9, Crestview Public Library, Commerce Drive. Bring three original poems to perform. Free  event for National Poetry Month.

Investments 101 Class: 6-7 p.m. Mondays, April 15-May 20. Taught by financial advisor Joe Faulk.  The first 20 to reserve a seat and attend the first class will receive free workbooks.  Attend any or all classes: Take Stock in the Market, IRAs: Retirement Can Be Less Taxing, A Smart Start to Mutual Funds, Focus on Fixed Income, Tax-Free Investing, and Retirement by Design. Call 682-4432 for details.

Sandra Dreaden is the Crestview Public Library's reference librarian.