‘One Stop Shopping’ for Balmy Getaways @ WPL

As the temperatures plummet, do you find yourself dreaming of warmer destinations? Are you ready to make travel plans for a balmy getaway?  If so, make the Woodstock Public Library your first destination.  We’re a virtual ‘one stop shop’ for planning your getaway!   WPL has excellent resources in a variety of media to assist you!

I am a fan of the TV travel reality series, The Amazing Race.  Each week I watch the teams compete with each other to arrive first at destinations around the world.  To do so, they need to converse with the locals, obtain travel information, and get directions.  I often wonder why the teams just don’t visit the local library straight off the blocks?

On our non fiction shelves at the 900s-910s we have current travel guides to worldwide destinations from Aruba to Zanzibar.  These include Fodors, Eyewitness Travel, Lonely Plant, Rick Steves, Time Out, Bradt and Michelin Green Guides for your information and planning purposes.   As well, we have a number of more specialized guides, such as 1000 Things to do in …, Drive Around…, Back Roads of …, Hiking…, Walking …, Cruising …., Literary tours of …, and… with Children to name a few.

Another means of acquainting yourself with a certain area is to engross yourself in a travel memoir.  We have many titles by well-known travel writers, be it Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, or Canada’s own (and Giller Prize winner) Will Ferguson, giving you a personal narrative of an author’s experience in a locale.

Also on the shelves are books containing photographic essays of specific regions to feast your eyes and whet your appetite for travel.

*All of the above books all filed together by geographic locations for you to browse the shelf/destination of interest to you.

Another area of the Library to visit is the Magazine and Newpaper racks. Take a look at both National Geographic and the National Geographic’s Traveler or check out the travel sections of the major newspapers.

Next stop is the audio-visual area.  WPL has an extensive collection of travel DVDs running the gamut from the Caribbean to Vienna.  You’ll find Destination Travel Guides, Rick Steves and Michael Pallin DVDs, and the stunning Over series.

When visiting a destination it is both exciting and helpful to be able to speak the native language.  To help you do this we have a number of Books on CD,  be it Spanish or French or Russian.  The Belitz’s Travel Pack and Lonely Planet’s traveltalk cover many languages, as do the handy Drive Time series.

Another integral Library resource for the travelers are WPL’s many excellent databases.  To visit this virtual area of the Library you need to access our homepage at www.woodstock.library.on.ca.  Three databases in particular would be invaluable for your planning.  Ebsco indexes and provides full text for a number of travel related publications such as Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Travel, Travel WeeklySecondly the Culinary Arts Collection database would allow you to acquaint yourself with local dishes of the region, for example a current article is “Five Days in  Barcelona (and points north.

Mango_Languages_300pxSaving the best for last…Mango languages is a truly unique language database which offers you a fresh and practical way to learn a language combining conversational skills, memory building  and strategy and interactivity.  The database offers you cultural insights to better understand local customs and etiquette — making travel an even more rewarding experience.    I am enthusiastic about using Mango when the need and opportunity next arises.  Thai? Hindi? Italian? Farsi? Vietnamese? anyone!!   Check it out mywpl.ca

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