Nicole Fowles: New magazine titles in library’s collection


Every year our librarians take a look at what magazines our patrons seem to be enjoying. We subscribe to more than 250 different magazines that cover a wide range of topics. But sometimes either by a lack of interest from our public or discontinued availability from a publisher, we no longer carry certain titles. This gives a great opportunity to add new titles to the collection that may fit a different need.

The most recent update in titles comes from our Zinio collection. Zinio is a subscription service for digital magazines. A download of the Zinio app on your smart phone or tablet and your library card is all you need to have access to more than 70 popular titles like Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, and mental_floss.

The newest titles we welcome to the Zinio collection include: The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Caravan, Cloth Paper Scissors, Forbes, Golf Digest, GQ, India Today, Knitscene, Oxygen, Sound & Vision, and Vogue.

One you may have never heard of, Caravan, is India’s first narrative journalism magazine. Stories are reported in a style that uses elements usually reserved for fiction — plot, characters, scenes and setting — to bring the subject to life. Another new title, Sound & Vision, is at the forefront of the ever-changing, always dynamic world of electronic entertainment as the pre-eminent source for consumers of home theater, audio, video and multimedia products. We hope you enjoy these and our other magazine titles available for you.

What’s the difference between a robbery and a burglary?

The Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice explains that a robbery is a form of theft that is accomplished by the use or threat of violence, while a burglary is a criminal offense that may be generally described as the unauthorized entry of a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein. Both are further defined by a jurisdiction’s statute. However, in general, a classic definition of robbery would refer to a form of theft plus two additional factors: 1) that the taking be by means of force or fear; and 2) that the theft be from the person of the victim from his immediate presence. A burglary is not dependent upon the success of the unauthorized entrant, just the intent to commit a crime is sufficient to constitute violation of a burglary statute.

What is the Force, and why do I want it to be with me?

In the Star Wars Universe, Obi-wan Kenobi, a Jedi general and expert on the Force, says it is “what gives a Jedi his power. … It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together” (IMDB).

In his book “Star Wars and Philosophy,” William O. Stephens sites Yoda as saying that “life creates the Force and makes it grow, and that the energy of the Force surrounds people and binds them, and that it pervades the entire physical world.” According to Stephens, there is also some sense in the Star Wars universe that the Force is like fate, an inescapable energy that guides our actions. Obi-wan takes a more free-will approach to the Force when he states that the force may “control your actions” but it can also “obey your commands.” May the Force be with you. Always.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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