Travel books inspire trips near home and around the world

With summer being the season when so many people like to travel, we offer you a small sample of new helpful and enjoyable travel books available in your library:

• Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2009,” which covers 850 trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the year ahead.

• Lonely Planet’s “Arizona, New Mexico and the Grand Canyon Trips” with 58 themed itineraries and 1,005 places to see in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Las Vegas.

• Lonely Planet’s “California Trips” with 68 themed itineraries and 1,147 places to see in California, Nevada and Mexico.

• Lonely Planet’s “Pacific Northwest Trips” with 52 themed itineraries and 1,009 places to see in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska’s Inside Passage.

• Seven other Lonely Planet guides covering Canada, British Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Scotland, Italy and Germany.

Many patrons are very generous about donating their travel books to the library after they return home from interesting places, and we are grateful. Of course, travel books are only useful when they are up to date. If you have current travel guides that you no longer are using, please consider donating them to the library so they can be enjoyed by others. We are especially in need of books about travel to local places fairly close to home.

Earth Day fun

Calling all kids in the second through sixth grades who love animals and other wild creatures! Gretchen Lamar from Durango Studies will be at the library on Friday, April 24, from 1:45-3:15 p.m. to help us celebrate Earth Day by showing us how we can enjoy and respect the wild creatures living in our very own backyards–– like bears, skunks, elk, eagles, fish and mountain lions. Spaces are limited so please call 264-2208 to register.

Free lecture

The fourth of seven free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. takes place this Saturday, April 18. Dennis Aronson, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will speak of his adventures in Afghanistan. All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

New novels

“Slumdog Millionaire” by Vikas Swarup is the novel on which was based the Academy Award-winning film by the same name.

“Leaving Tangier” by Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a Moroccan brother and sister making new lives for themselves in Spain.

“Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay is a novel set in Paris in 1942 and then 60 years later.

“Angels of Perfection” by Keith Donohue is about a widow and a young orphan who plot to pass her off as the granddaughter.

Books for little ones

We have a nice variety of new books written for parents and other caregivers to read to youngsters: in “Hugh Little Digger” by Ellen Olson-Brown, “A Zipping, Zooming ABC” by Debora Pearson, “Counting on Frank” by Rod Clement, “Black and White Rabbit’s ABC” from the Little Rabbits series, “Food For Thought” by Saxton Freymann and “The Oak Inside the Acorn” by Max Lucando. All these books have wonderful illustrations.

We also have two new board books, meaning they are sturdy enough to be handled by young children: “Trucks” from the Bright Baby series and “Ten in the Bed” by Penny Dale.

Fantasy

“The Mystery of Grace” by Charles De Lint is a tale of magic, loss and redemption set in the Southwest. “Storm from the Shadows” by David Weber is part of a fantasy series featuring Gloria Michelle Samanha Evelyn Henke.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Wrongful Death” by Robert Dugoni is a legal thriller involving the death of a national guardsman killed in Iraq.

“The Treasure” by Iris Johansen is a historical romantic mystery. “Wormwood” by Susan Wittig Albert is a mystery from the herbalist China Bayles series, this one set in a historic Shaker village.

Books about the financial crisis

“House of Cards: A tale of hubris and wretched excess on Wall Street” by William D. Cohan gives a detailed explanation of how and why the world financial markets melted down.

“Meltdown: A free-market look at why the stock market collapsed, the economy tanked, and government bailouts will make things worse” by Thomas E. Woods Jr. presents the author’s view that the culprits behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market reside more in Washington than Wall Street.

Thanks to our donors

Our thanks to John Hanna and Rowan Emrys for their generous gift. For books and materials this week we thank the After Prom Party Committee, Bruce Anderson, Mike and Bobbie Coppenger, Carmen Ferguson, Judy Horky, Sandy Kobrock, Patty Latham, Bamma Laziure, Bonnita Lynne, Merilyn Moorhead, Vivian Rader, Barbara Rotereau, Robert Sparks, Steven Stewart, Ron and Eve Taylor, Emily Tholberg and Lynne Wooldridge. We are so grateful for all your support. Your generosity helps make your library the wonderful community resource that it is.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.


PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
With the summer travel season just around the corner, these are just two of many new helpful and enjoyable travel books available at the Sisson Library.  Many patrons are very generous about donating their travel books to the library after they return home from interesting places.  If you have current travel guides that you no longer are using, please consider donating them so they can be enjoyed by others.  The library is especially in need of books about travel to local places fairly close to home.