We have big news! You asked, and we listened.  Today we are launching our new digital magazine initiative: Zinio for Libraries!   This new service is available to resident library card holders.

Franklin Township Public Library now offers several magazines through an online service.  The service we’re using is called Zinio, and we have subscriptions to 46 different magazines!   These magazines are available electronically, and are identical to the print version, including ads.  A full list of available titles is at the end of this post.

To access our digital magazines, you must visit Zinio’s website (you can also visit the Zinio link under the eReading tab on the Library’s website), and create an account.  This is a very simple process.   You will need your library barcode number and a working email address.

  • After going to their webpage, you will see our logo in the upper left hand corner.

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  • In the upper right hand corner, you will see “Login” or “Create New Account”.  Click “Create New Account”
  • It will ask for your library card barcode. Type this in.
  • Then type in your first and last name, email address, and create a password for the website
  • That’s it!

Start browsing our titles.  It is very easy to check out titles, simply click the small plus-book sign next to the magazine title (below the magazine cover).  This will add the title to your check outs.  A pop-up window will appear, letting you know you’ve checked out the title.  This pop-up also offers you the option to receive an email when a new copy of the magazine is released.

It is important to remember your login information, since you will also use it to utilize the Zinio for Libraries app (smartphones, tablets, etc.).  Your email address is your username.

If you have any questions or need any help, look at Zinio’s Help Page, which is very thorough.  They have user guides and video tutorials for PCs, Macs, iPhones, Androids, and more.  It also has an online support form and email addresses for technical assistance.  Please reach out to them with any technical issues.  The Library cannot help retrieve forgotten username (your email address) or password information.

You can read magazines online, via your internet browser, or via an app.  All magazine selections must be made online through your internet browser.  The app only allows you to read titles you have already checked out.

When downloading the app, you must download the Zinio for Libraries app, not just “Zinio”.  Your login information will not work with the Zinio app.  The app uses this logo:



When opening the app for the first time, you will have to login.

  • Select your country: United States
  • Select your state: New Jersey
  • Select Library: Franklin Twp Public Library
  • Username: [enter your email address]
  • Password: [enter your password]

The app will show you what titles you have checked out already.  If you are on your smartphone or tablet and would like to check out additional titles, minimize the app and open your internet browser.  Go to Zinio’s website, login, and checkout more magazines!   Then re-sync the app.

Zinio for Libraries is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to complete digital magazines. Our 46 popular publications including Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Car and Driver and Better Homes and Gardens can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the Library.  Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

Our Magazines (Names do not link to titles – please visit Zinio to access content):

American Girl
Better Homes & Gardens
Car & Driver
Do It Yourself
Eating Well
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Family Fun
Family Handyman
Fast Company
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
HGTV Magazine
House Beautiful
India Today
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Marie Claire
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Health
Nat Geo Traveler Interactive
National Geographic Interactive
O, The Oprah Magazine
Organic Life
Parents Magazine
Popular Mechanics
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Runner’s World
Taste of Home
The Advocate
The Atlantic
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers
Woman’s Day
Women’s Health
Working Mother
Yoga Journal

By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days.  Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites.  The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point.   But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.

Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.

To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.

Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites:  BBC, TechCrunch,  Heartbleed.

Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.



The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin


If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles. 


This is your last change to register for the free SAT review class Saturday, April 5.  You MUST register to attend and the class is almost full.

We are happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with over 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will also be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.   Those working to improve their prose writing skills are encouraged to attend as well.

Click on the program title below for more information and to register.

 SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 11 – 12 pm (Main Library – Community Room)
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