Author Spotlight: Tony Horwitz

By Alyssa S. Although restrictions are slowly lifting, life isn’t exactly back to normal in the age of COVID-19, so how about some fun and educational armchair travel with one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Tony Horwitz? When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, embedded journalist, war correspondent, and historian died suddenly a year ago at age […]

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Looking Behind the Curtain, 30 Years Later

by Denise D. Secrecy Late summer finds me thinking about the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. It started with the HBO show Chernobyl which flung me back to April 1986, my friend, Chris, racing into my college dorm room to shout about a nuclear accident in the Soviet Union. Chris and I had bonded […]

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Confessions of a Bookaholic: Summer Longhaul Travel Edition

by Denise D. Recently, I picked up a gem of a comic collection: Book Love by Debbie Tung. Much like Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, this book was page after page of, yep, that’s me. To a T. Whereas Quiet Girl is about the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert world, […]

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Getting Ready to Get Out!

By Kaley C. If you’re reading this, I am on vacation with my dogs. They deserve one too, you know? Here is what I used from our library to get ready for it!   I snagged this Creaky Knees hike book because one of my dogs is an older gentleman, and the other has a […]

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DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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It’s all Greek to Me: Filtering by Region for Armchair Travel

by Denise When it comes to travel preparation, my goal is to make the journey last as long as possible. I start with guidebooks and language preparation.  Then the fun– luxuriating in novels that take place in my destination. No genre boundaries My genre of choice? I am all over the place. Well-researched and compelling historical […]

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Armchair Travel: Inspiration and Memories

by Denise  Last month, I shared my thoughts on travel guides. But what if you don’t know where you want to go? Or can’t easily travel? The library can still help. We have materials that let you travel without leaving your couch. Drone-spiration Photos are a traditional media for armchair travel. Postcards, vacation slideshows, travel […]

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Exploring Washington

by Liz Rain or shine, we are not at a loss for natural beauty here in Washington state. I would even go so far as to say we live in the most beautiful state in the nation. Now as a life-long Washingtonian I may be a bit biased, but seriously…have you looked outside lately? Mountains, […]

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Odyssey-ize your Travel Planning at the Library

by Denise Extend your vacation for free! Spring break fades in the rear view mirror. Summer appears on the horizon. Maybe your thoughts turn to travel… Dreaming of escaping to Glacier National Park or the Galapagos Islands? For me, planning travel is part of the adventure. Once the travel bug has bitten, I turn to the […]

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Fictional Tourism

By Stacey In September I will be traveling to Boston for a family wedding. My husband and I decided to build a vacation around the event. My daughter opted in for a few days, so I asked her where in New England she would like to go. Her answer, Stars Hollow. That got me thinking […]

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