FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazine Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from RBdigital Magazines, formerly Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

With the first official day of autumn rapidly approaching, on Friday, September 22, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities to do in this coming season. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures will begin to get cooler, and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn beautiful shades of  yellow, orange, and red. It’s a perfect time to be out and about in our part of the country.

One way to find out about what is happening in our region is to read Midwest Living magazine. This bimonthly periodical is published by the Meredith Corporation, the same company that creates a number of other magazines that you may be familiar with, such as Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle. Started in 1986, Midwest Living  focuses on articles and information specific to the Midwest states. Each issue is packed with ideas for where to travel, what events to attend, where to dine, and more. It also presents articles about food, home, and garden, as well as regular feature sections.

Over this past weekend, I went with several family members to see a spectacular outdoor art exhibit titled Origami in the Garden . The sculptures are scattered throughout the landscape of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and will be there through October 22.

The SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2017 issue of Midwest Living has a nice write-up on the exhibit by Erin Chan Ding in the OUT & ABOUT section:

A regular feature section in each issue is called HERE & NOW. It covers the topics of FOOD – HOME – TRAVEL – CULTURE. Among the illustrated articles in the September / October issue were:

  • “GALA AFFAIR” – A recipe using Gala apples to make a Vanilla Apple Gratin that is served warm with ice cream.
  • “SEEING THE LIGHT” – A photo essay on a St. Paul, MN couple and their modernized 1913 Craftsman style house.
  • “MUSIC MAN” – About Chicago guitar maker Ian Schneller and his company, Specimen.
  • “AUTUMN LEAVES” – Information and recipes for using ruby, white, or gold veined chard from the garden.
  • “APPETITE FOR NATURE” – Helpful information on Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois. (Shown below)
  • “THE GREATEST MIDWEST FOOD TOWNS.” A tour of some of the best spots for great food in our area of the country.(Shown below)

As you will quickly see, once you start reading Midwest Living, there’s probably more happening in our part of the country each month than you can possibly take in, but this magazine will help you make better choices that will suit your interests.

You’ll find Midwest Living both in our library’s Magazines and Newspapers Area on the 2nd Floor, as well as digitally, through our RBdigital Magazines resource.

With the seasons changing, you would be hard pressed to find a better guide to our region!

-Tom D.


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