Magazines in the children and teen areas of my library are still popular. Even if they are not checked-out, many are read in the library. You can tell because there is only one circ but the magazine looks like it has been shelved in a wind tunnel.
As the articles importantly states, "studies and anecdotes show that magazines are an ideal choice for atypical, struggling, and reluctant readers". Librarians sometimes have to advocate for choices that are not the best for circulation but fill the library's goal of developing and supporting a literate community.