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.


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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Travel with Us


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.


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!


London Olympics

Traveling to London to see the Olympics this summer? We’ve got you covered with these new titles (plus many more travel books about London)!:
Let’s Take the Kids to London
Filled with practical tips including getting from the airport to the hotel, finding a doctor, changing money, and locating public restrooms, there is also a complete section devoted to the 2012 Olympic Games. Another highlight: discovering where Paddington Bear lived.

London’s Afternoon Teas
Relax and enjoy an afternoon tea in London. The guide helps you choose from among 40 places to take your tea and describes a history of the venues.

London’s Best Pubs
The author is a pub historian and he presents a guide to 117 of the best pubs the city has to offer.

Lonely Planet Discover London
A guide to the best of the city, and also includes a handy pull-out map.

Walking London
This is part of a brand new series from National Geographic and has sections showing how to see the city in a limited time, itineraries for visiting the neighborhoods, and travel essentials for the city (how to get around, hand-picked restaurants and hotels).