Free online magazines available through NC Digital Library

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 16, 2018

By Edward Hirst

Rowan Public Library

Rowan Public Library is proud to offer a wide selection of popular digital magazines from NC Digital Library. With a Rowan Public Library card number and PIN, Rowan residents can borrow from the digital collection for free anytime, anywhere. To begin reading, download the Libby app by visiting

Rowan Public Library has the following popular magazine titles available: OK! Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Star, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, National Enquirer, Popular Science, Yoga Journal, Popular Mechanics, Simple and Delicious, The Atlantic, PC World, TV Guide Magazine, Outside, Car and Driver, Marie Claire, Macworld, Lonely Planet Traveler, Elle, Motor Trend, Field & Stream, Bloomberg Businessweek, Seventeen and New York Magazine in addition to other magazine titles.

In addition to magazines, Rowan Public Library’s collection of includes thousands e-audiobooks, ebooks and streaming video in collections such as bestsellers, children’s, business, romance and something for readers of all ages.

Users may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading, listening or watching for free. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows phones and tablets and Kindle. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, eliminating late fees. Users can borrow up to five titles and have six items on hold at any one time.

To acquire a card visit any branch of Rowan Public Library or sign up for a digital services only card at

Rowan-Salisbury Schools students can use their student id to access NC Digital Library titles.

Library Card Sign-up Month: Sept. 1-30. Headquarters, East and South branches. Join us as we celebrate 2018’s Library Card Sign-up Month at all of our branches. Do you have your library card? Cards are free and, when kept in good standing, give you access to RPL’s circulating collection, computer labs and online resources and materials. Contact your nearest branch for more details or visit RPL’s website.

Weekly children’s programs: Call the children’s desk at your nearest branch for information about weekly storytimes. Headquarters (Salisbury), 704-216-8234; East Branch (Rockwell), 704-216-7842; South Rowan Regional (China Grove), 704-216-7728 or visit

Read an eBook Day: Tuesday, headquarters, East and South. Celebrate modern storytelling by checking out your favorite eBook from RPL’s online collection. Use the hashtag #eBookLove on social media to join the conversation and share what you’re reading and why you love eBooks. For more information, visit or RPL’s website.

N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources traveling exhibit: Kites! Headquarters. Learn about the science of kite flying from this interactive, STEM-focused exhibit. See it during business hours through Oct. 19.

Monday night movie: Monday, 5:30 p.m., East. Enjoy a free showing of the 2017 comedy “Logan Lucky” (PG-13, 118 min.). This is open to the public; all ages welcome. An adult must accompany children under 13. For more details, call 704-216-7842.

Outdoor Mystery Cinema: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., South. Discover (or re-discover) a favorite mystery with this new film series. Films will be shown on South’s covered porch. This month is “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017, PG-13, 114 min.). Light refreshments. For more details, call 704-216-7737.

Stories by the Millstream Storytelling Hour: Sept. 20, 6:30-8 p.m., headquarters. North Carolina storyteller Elisha “Mother” Minter presents a one-hour performance. This family-friendly storytelling, sponsored by Friends of Rowan Public Library, is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome. For more details, contact Emma at 704-216-7841.

Saturday cinema: “The Incredibles,” Sept. 22, East. Would you recognize superheroes in your neighborhood? In the 2004 film “The Incredibles” (PG, 115 mins.) see how superheroes balance their super and secret identities. This free screening will be in the Meeting Room, where Legos will also be available for free play. This program is part of Library Card Sign-up Month Celebration. All ages welcome. For more details, call 704-216-7842.

Dear Duncan: Sept. 1-29, East. “The Day the Crayon Quit” has arrived. Can you find all 12 crayons from Duncan’s collection? Find the pieces and be entered into a contest for a literary-themed prize. This Scavenger Hunt will run through Sept. 28. For more information, contact Tammie at 704-216-7842.

Lego Day: East, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Legos are available for creative free play. This program is for children of all ages. The Legos will be in the Meeting Room, where “The Incredibles” will be showing. For more details, call 704-216-7842.

STEAM Into Adventure: Sept. 22, 11 a.m., headquarters. Let’s go fly a kite!  Children ages 5-11 are invited to learn about kites and make their own kite to take home.  Afterwards, families may browse the Kites! exhibit on loan from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. For more details call 704-216-8234.

Chapter Chats: Tuesday, 5:15-6 p.m. Weekly book club for teens 14-17, intended primarily for participants with developmental or intellectual disabilities, though all are welcome. For more details, contact Tammie at 704-216-7842.

Art-vengers, Assemble: Sept. 18, 4-5:30 p.m., headquarters; Sept. 19, 4-5:30 p.m., South; Sept. 20, 4-5:30 p.m., East. Watch and draw along as you learn how to sketch favorite superheroes and other famous characters step by step. For more information, contact Hope at or 704-216-8258.

Lunch at the library: East, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a clean, air-conditioned, Wi-Fi-accessible and peaceful place to enjoy your lunch. Every Friday this fall, the East Branch meeting room will be open to all between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lunch not provided, but tables, chairs and ambiance supplied. While in the library, check out upcoming programs and free resources. For more details, call 704-216-7841.

Displays: Headquarters, celebrating Constitution Week by the Daughters of the American Revolution and 4-H Club display; East, handmade jewelry by Mallory Allen; South, Family Crisis Council by Isela Trujillo.

Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.