National Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which will last until October 15. On September 15, Mexico celebrates their independence from Spain, with most Central American countries celebrating on September 16, and Chile celebrating on September 18. It is a time for the United States to acknowledge and commemorate the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Americans. The influence of Central America is everywhere in the United States, from food to culture to language.  

Interested in cooking? Try these Mexican cookbooks: 

Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen by Esteban Castillo 

Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in México by Ricky Martínez 

Plant Powered Mexican: Fast, Fresh Recipes from a Mexican-American Kitchen by Kate Ramos  

Planning your next vacation? Explore Central America and beyond: 

Lonely Planet’s Best of Central America 

Fodor’s Essential Chile

Footprint: Belize, Guatemala & Southern Mexico

Love history? There’s plenty to learn: 

Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration by Alfredo Corchado 

Diego Rivera by Pete Hamill 

Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson

And of course, there are plenty of authors with rich bibliographies to further expand our appreciation: 

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova 

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo 

Violeta by Isabel Allende 

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 

-Linnea

Are You Bored Yet?

We’re entering those lazy days of summer, where it becomes all too easy to binge every episode of Love Island, lounging on the couch in air conditioning. But July is National Anti-Boredom Month and each week I’ll showcase some books that will (hopefully) get you out of the boredom cycle! 

A great way to keep boredom at bay is to be a tourist in your own city. It’s easy to take for granted what you can experience everyday but there’s a whole world just a walk, bike ride, car trip, or bus journey away! If you’re looking to escape into the great outdoors, you’ve come to the right city. Best Hikes Cleveland will get you out and about, exploring all the wonderful parks and hikes within an hour drive. Not so interested in nature? Check out all the spooky happenings in Haunted Ohio, if you dare. Rather explore Cleveland by food? There are plenty of restaurants to taste test in Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland. And if you’re up for the ultimate Cleveland challenge, why not start working on 100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die?  

If you’re farther afield from Cleveland, check out another book in the 100 Things to Do in… series for your city or a city nearby. If you’re eager to explore, Lonely Planet has tons of road trip guides, whether you’re in the United States or France or Australia, even!  

But if you just feel like relaxing as we all deserve to do, honestly, that’s a pretty good way to spend the summer too! 

-Linnea

Imagine Your Story -on a Trip Near or Far

As we head into nicer weather and the time when people like to take Summer Vacations, this year maybe you want to consider doing a little Day Trippin‘? Why go far away when you can see travel around the Great State of Ohio (and locations nearby) with a tank or two of gas?! Economical + supporting local businesses + exploring sites in your own backyard = good times ahead! In fact, why not take a picnic lunch -you can make yummy sandwiches with the bread you’ve made!

Or if you’re feeling like hanging out in a nearby green space this Summer sounds just as good, you can either literally or figuratively Take a Hike with a book! Oh the options!

This week, I think I’ll start small with checking out some Backyard Wildlife and maybe start a little Backyard Revolution? I mean, the bunnies and deer seem to have found their way to me so why not really dig into it! (pun intended ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

– Stacey

Your Library Staff at Home- New Cookbooks for Foodie Travel

If you are like me and love to travel, you might be lamenting your lack of summer trips in the months ahead. One of my most favorite facets of visiting new places is researching the best restaurants in the area and trying out delicious regional food and drink. Wanderlust might have to take a pause this summer, but luckily there are many fabulous cookbooks available that allow you to experience exciting global cuisine from the comfort of your own kitchen.

I’ve rounded up some recently published and upcoming cookbook titles that will take your taste buds on a tour! Travel stateside with recipes from L.A, Maine, and Louisiana or traverse across the pond to Palestine, Northern Italy, Sardinia, and Poland. Culinary adventure awaits you!

Keep your eyes peeled for these mouth-watering new titles in our catalog!

New Travel Book

“I am lighthouse rather than lifeboat. I do not rescue, but instead help others to find their own way to shore, guiding them by my example.” – Modern Affirmation

Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? Especially if it’s in Maine. Each year thousands of tourists visit Maine’s lighthouses. Sixty-four lighthouses dot Maine’s rugged coast. The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine is written by Ted Panayotoff who is a lighthouse historian. It’s a comprehensive and useful guidebook with pages of photographs and vintage postcards of the lighthouses. Maine lighthouses have interesting names such as Burnt Island Light, Owls Head Light, and Whaleback Light. Each lighthouse is profiled with descriptions, contact information, and direction. Plus there is a special section on lighthouses that features overnight accommodations.

~Ann

Pure Michigan

Picture yourself on a white sand beach on Lake Michigan by the town of Saugatuck, known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”; imagine yourself sipping wine at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson just down the road from Detroit; perhaps you might find yourself in Paradise, a great little town on the shores of Lake Superior at the north-eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. The open road is ready to take you there- to Michigan. Your trip begins with our new travel books about Michigan.

Michigan by Laura Martone (5th ed.) is part of the Moon handbooks series. Moon handbooks give you the tools for a great vacation. The can’t miss sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodations are marked with a special designation to be easy to find. With so many quaint spots in Michigan to explore, this full guide comes in handy.

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Michigan by Jeff Counts (3rd ed.) part of the Explorer’s guide series. National Geographic Traveler magazine calls this series “a classy series with encyclopedic coverage” and that’s what you get with this guide. Includes everything you need including getting around, family activities, green space, where to stay, etc. Sidebars mark the author’s favorites in each chapter.

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Backroads & Byways of Michigan : Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions  by Matt Forster (fully revised 2nd ed.) is filled with color photographs and maps. Itineraries and drives are offered that are to places just off the beaten path. Some of the tours include, “The Grape Coast: Michigan’s wine Country,” “Through the Heart of Michigan: Following the Grand River,” and “Superior’s Scenic Shoreline.”

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~Ann

Travel with Us

massachusetts

Every week the Rocky River Public Library adds new travel books to its collection.

One of the newest titles is Insiders’ Guide to Massachusetts by Maria Olia.

The series provides an insider’s perspective on visiting each location. This guide covers the state of Massachusetts from east to west- the history of Boston and Plymouth, the relaxing Cape Cod beaches, and the quaint Berkshires. For each area of the state there are listings of attractions, accommodations, shopping, and restaurants. There are also suggestions for day trips. Be sure to check out the Massachusetts guide or any of the many other titles in this series when planning your next trip.

~Ann

Woodall’s Great Lakes Campground Guide 2012

It’s not to late for camping, and we have a brand new guide- Woodall’s Great Lakes Campground Guide 2012. It’s filled with comprehensive info on the campgrounds including phone, address, and website. Details about campgrounds that are big rig, internet-friendly, and pets welcome are included. There is a special new section for one tank trips, and helpful tourism and travel information for states and provinces. Check it out!

~Ann