Digital Maine Library ~ Popular Magazines

I think it’s time to explore the Digital Maine Library a bit more.

Scrolling down the homepage of the Digital Maine Library, I see Popular Magazines.  The blurb leads me to think that I will be able to browse through a magazine, not just access an article I might be looking for.

Clicking on the link takes me to a new page.  Scanning the page, I see many of the links I’m used to seeing – a Search Bar, an Advanced button, the title of the page, as well as Topic Finder  and  Top Searches.  Below the Search Bar, there are two buttons – Subject Guide Search and Publication Search.

Hmmmm . . . . Where to first?

Since I’m thinking/hoping that I will be able to browse through a magazine, I click on Publication Search.  Entering People in the search bar, a drop down menu gives me several suggestions.  I slide down the bar and click on People Weekly.  Below the search bar, I see More Options.  I don’t think I’ll change much here – I do opt for English as Language of Publication.

Clicking the Search button I’m taken to a page that tells me that Journal Title is not found.

Okay, what next?

Clicking on Revise Search takes me back to the previous screen.  This time I see List All Publications.  I click on this link and am taken to a multi-page list.  I try typing People in this search bar.  Seven results appear, including both People and People Weekly.

Hovering my cursor over each of the titles, I see a description of the magazine, the publication number, the publisher, how many issues are published a year, the audience the magazine is intended for, and how many years of the issue are covered in this index.  It looks like the index starts in January 1977 with People Weekly and the most recent issue is March of 2018 of People.

I click on the most recently indexed issue.  The next page gives me a list of the articles in the March 12, 2018 issue of People.

Out of curiosity, I go back to Browse Publications page, and try another magazine.  This time I enter Time.  My search results are similar to People several varied titles as choices.  Time magazine claims to be indexed from 1923 – current.  IT IS!!!  I click on the February 18, 2019 link.  It looks like the entire issue of Time, indexed so that I can look at just the article(s) I’m interested in!

At this point, I have answered my original question – I CAN browse through (but not page through) a popular magazine, though, at least with People, not the most current issue.


Magazines! In The Library?!?!?!

Do you feel magazines are too expensive to subscribe to or to buy individually?  Here’s a reminder that you can borrow them for free at the Gardiner Public Library.  We have a selection of over 25 titles some of which are:  Antiques & Fine Arts, Consumers Reports, DownEast, Entertainment, Kiplinger’s, Money, Nation, People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Yankee.  Check them out !

How to Keep Children Reading During the Summer

Summer is a great time to get your children excited about reading and sharpen their reading skills at the same time!


Relax a little bit — try not to worry about a daily time requirement or minimum number of pages; instead, let them choose what, when, and where they read.
There are lots of ways to keep kids reading this summer.
Read aloud
Take turns reading aloud with your child. You can each read a page, or for older readers, you can take turns reading chapters. Kids never get too old to be read aloud to, and listening to you model good reading helps them develop strong skills. Take time to ask questions as you go along, to check for understanding.
Have a good variety of reading material.
Chapter books are wonderful, but don’t forget non-fiction!
Magazines and newspapers are great too.  You never know what might spark their interest!
Be a good reading model
If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will see that reading is enjoyable.  Talking to your kids about what you’re reading shows them that reading is an important and meaningful experience.
Going somewhere?
Summertime is a great time to explore museums, parks, and the beach.  If you are planning a trip somewhere, encourage them to read a book about where you are going.
If you’re taking an extended trip, be sure to bring your child’s favorite series.
Find time to read.
Summer can be a very busy time, filled with vacations as well as all kinds of activities. Make sure to set aside time for them to read.
Learn something new!
Books can teach kids how to make or do something, such as make crafts or build a fairy house.
“How-to books” are a great way to get kids reading, learning, and keep them busy!
Make sure to visit the library!


 Our summer reading program is in full swing– be sure to stop by the children’s room and ask about it!  Our theme this year is “Everyday Heroes”, and we have lots of activities to go along with it. Also, if your child doesn’t have a library card, summer is a great time to sign up for one!

Marvel – Kids Search

Another wonderful database provided in Marvel.

Kids Search is, as you may have guessed, geared toward the younger user.  It searches several sources at once. 

My first search was “elephant”, using the search bar on the first page.  This brought up over 1800 results!  Next I was given the opportunity to Filter Results By.  My choices were All Results, Magazines, Newspapers, Books & Encyclopedias, Animals, Biographies, Radio & TV News Transcripts, and Primary Source Documents. WOW! Where do I begin to filter??

I clicked on Biographies, and narrowed my search to 15 results, all of these being from electronic encyclopedias.  Scanning through the list, some of the articles give a Lexile number for those folks who need to know what reading level an article is written.  All of the articles happen to be available in Full Text, so clicking on an article brings up the entire article, and I was given the opportunity to Print, E-mail, Save, or Add to folder.  Adding to my folder saves the search for later, so if you are not connected to a printer, you can access the article easily.  Another option here is the Sort By option.  Clicking this drop down box gave me the choices – Relevance, Date Descending, Date Ascending, and Source.  I was also able to Narrow Results By Subjectand Publication.

Moving back to the previous page, filtering my results by Animal gave me 22 results.  These results also give Lexile numbers, and all appear to be Full Text articles, a couple with graphics.  I still had the Sort By options, but the Narrow Results By option is now only Subject.

Primary Source Documents was the next filtering tool I used.  Of the 15 articles, only 2 of them had Lexile numbers, all of them were Full Text articles, and as primary source documents, generally written as first person accounts.  A couple of these articles are Congressional Testimony, which adds an interesting bit to our research.  Here the Sort By options are still the same, but the Narrow Results By option is only Publication.

Photos was my next filtering choice.  Here we have over 300 thumbnail pictures of elephants, with description and source citation.  On this page, Sort By options have lessened, my choices are now Relevance and Title, and there are no Narrow Results By options.

This looks like a WONDERFUL resource for anyone needing information.  It may be titled Kids Search, but . . . . chronologically, I’m no “kid” and I will use this site!!