I recently returned from a week spent visiting my parents in Massachusetts, and am eagerly anticipating a long week in Maine this coming August. Maine is one of my favorite places and I look forward to my annual visit all year long. In preparation for my vacation, I was looking at the great selection of travel books we have available. I suspect many people don’t realize that we purchase travel guides quite regularly so that our collection is very current. They have to be, for the most part, because it really isn’t helpful to turn up at a place that is highly recommended in your 2006 guidebook, only to find the place has been closed for three years!
Just for Maine, there were so many great choices, from “Maine’s Museums: Art, Oddities, and Artifacts,” “Maine Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff” to a guide for flyfishers on the best places to go, a pocket guide to Maine beaches, a book on scenic Maine road trips, a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club on great day hikes along the Maine coast, and a book on trivia of northern New England.
Now, if you are traveling to Timbuktu, there won’t be as much of a selection (although there are still several interesting books on that ancient city) but if you have an upcoming trip to Italy, France, Japan, or California, just to name a few fabulous destinations, you will have a plethora of choices. I recommend getting a couple different travel guides for one location because different books highlight different things. It’s also sometimes interesting to see how several travel guides describe the same location. Ideally, give us a call at least two weeks before you leave — that way we can make sure to obtain for you the most recent books for your location and have them sitting on the hold shelf for you here in Westerly.
Going somewhere where they speak a different language? We have CDs for all levels of language learning. We also have a great database — Mango Languages. Go to askri.org and you’ll find it. Click on Mango, create a free username and password, and begin learning. You’ll be amazed at how many choices you have — there are 72 languages to choose from! It’s a great tool and you can use it from anywhere you can get on the Internet.
So, when planning your next vacation, don’t forget the library as you are buying your tickets and packing your suitcase — we can be a great asset in your travels!
Top requested books
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand
3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
4. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. “Redemption” by David Baldacci
6. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson
7. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake
8. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci
9. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner
10. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline
Top requested movies
1. “Captain Marvel”
2. “Outlander, Season 4”
3. “The Upside”
4. “Game of Thrones, season 8”
5. “Green Book”
7. “Cold Pursuit”
8. “Five Feet Apart”
9. “On the Basis of Sex”
10. “Isn’t it Romantic?”
MONDAY — 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 1-3 p.m., Resume Writing for Beginners – this workshop will walk you through putting your resume together. You must have an email account set up in advance—come to our computer lab if you need to set one up; 2-3:30 p.m., Paint paper lanterns (for teens) – paint and decorate lanterns, supplies provided; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7:30 p.m., Adult S.A.G.A. meeting -- a discussion and support group for adults about LGBTQ+ stories and issues in books, movies, TV shows, and more.
TUESDAY — 2-3:30 p.m., Paint paper lanterns (for teens) – paint and decorate lanterns, supplies provided; 3:30-5 p.m., Teen Space Garden Club –help plan our garden and earn community service hours! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experienced sewers are welcome! 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – all ages and experience levels welcome! 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters – meets twice a month to share stories and get comfortable speaking in front of an audience.
WEDNESDAY — 10-11 a.m., Stomp Rockets (ages 7-12) – NOTE: online pre-registration required! Come design and build your own stomp rockets and blast them off! 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 2-3 p.m., Geoguessr Competition – for teens, compete to guess a location based on a Google streetview image; 4-5:30 p.m., Swampabots Practice – ages 9-12, kids practice building and coding with lego robots; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6-7:30 p.m., Resume Writing for Beginners – this workshop will walk you through putting your resume together. You must have an email account set up in advance—come to our computer lab if you need to set one up.
THURSDAY — 10:15-11 a.m., Toddler Painting (birth-4 years) – a short story time followed by a group painting class. Each toddler will have their own easel and paper. Class near the fountain in Wilcox Park! 11:30-12:30 p.m., Storytime for ages 3+ at Mel’s Downtown Creamery; 2-4 p.m., Cosmic Baking! (for teens--registration required) – come bake something to look like a galaxy; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 6-7:30 p.m., Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group -- A trained former caregiver will be facilitating all group sessions. The groups will be a safe space to discuss the unique challenges of caregiving; 6-7:30 p.m., Tech Topics—the Maker Movement – come learn about it and try out the library’s Makerspace equipment; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
FRIDAY –– 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen S.A.G.A. meeting -- a discussion and support group for teens 12-18 about LGBTQ+ stories and issues in books, movies, TV shows, and more; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
SATURDAY — 10-11:30 p.m., Time Capsule Reveal! – the time capsule buried 50 years ago in Wilcox Park will be dug up and opened; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
SUNDAY — 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.