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 Magazines 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 Thanksgiving nearly a week away, I started to think about family traditions. During my years growing up on the east coast, in a town that was about a half hour away from New York City, my family always started Thanksgiving morning with watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. The arrival of Santa at the end of the parade officially began the holiday season.

Following the parade, my folks, my older brother, and I would all pile into the car for the short drive to my grandparents’ home on the other side of town. We all sat down in short order to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast. It was mainly prepared by my grandmother (my Dad’s mom), but often there would be an addition to the traditional turkey dinner. It could be a salad, another vegetable dish, a pie or dessert that we hadn’t had at Thanksgivings before. These would have been prepared by my mom and usually it was a recipe she had found in a copy of one of the magazines that she would often like to read and from which she would like to try out new recipes. The magazines were Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping.

These home-oriented magazines have been traditions in countless households for generations. The holiday issues, in particular, were often well worn and saved by families from one year to the next.

All three monthly publications have been familiar to households in America for many years.  Family Circle began publishing in 1932,  Better Homes & Gardens was founded in 1922, and Good Housekeeping started publishing monthly in 1891.

Their longevity is due, in part, to the appeal they have to the interests of most families. Each of these magazines includes a wide variety of features and articles that include cooking, home decorating, health and nutrition, family advice, crafts, beauty tips, and, of course, great information and tips for the holidays.

If you haven’t ever looked at these three magazines before, I think you will find them worth a look. If you had been a reader of them years back, I think you will find them now refreshingly attractive and have kept up with the times. They are available both in our library’s Magazines and Newspapers Area on the 2nd Floor, as well as digitally, through our RBdigital Magazines resource.

Go ahead and turn some pages! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

-Tom D.


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