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By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 18, 2011

Expand Your Travel Horizons at Sedona Public Library

We are fortunate to live in a city that has been named the most beautiful place in America. Sedona offers year-round sights and activities—but that shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm for venturing beyond Red Rock Country. Whether you are planning a family trip to Disneyworld or considering a trek through Nepal, you’ll find helpful resources at Sedona Public Library. The 2011 editions of travel books in popular series such as Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, and Rick Steves’ will begin appearing on library shelves during the next few weeks and continue to arrive throughout the spring.

Taking a cruise is a convenient and relaxing way to see the world. For cruisers, Fodor’s Caribbean Ports of Call, Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call, and Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships are must-reads. If you’re not much of a seafarer, you might contemplate a rail adventure. All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide is a comprehensive guide to traveling in the United States and Canada by train.

Europe is a perennial favorite holiday destination, and at the library you’ll find materials in various formats to inspire you as you prepare for your European journey. Coming shortly on DVD is Rick Steves’ Europe: 10 New Shows 2011–2012. This two-disc set includes shows from Rick Steves’ public television program and covers Spain, Scandinavia, and the Balkan region. Our travel book section will soon offer the latest guides to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Portugal, and other countries. Guides to specific regions and cities (Northern Italy, Berlin, and Moscow, among others) will be available as well.

Want to brush up on your foreign language skills before you embark upon your adventure abroad?  Check out Mango, an online language learning system that teaches conversation skills in a wide variety of languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Italian, and Russian. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a language. This resource is available at no cost to Sedona library patrons and can be accessed at the library or on your home computer. Please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member for help in getting started with Mango.

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and families eager to begin planning their summer vacation will appreciate titles such as The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destinations. A great reference for beach lovers is Fodor’s 535 Best Beaches in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico

If you’re staying close to home this year, take advantage of books in the travel section of the library’s Arizona collection. For instance, Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest, written by Phoenix-based author Tony Padigemas, is a guide to the best trails in the immense 2.8-million-acre Tonto National Forest.  With over 900 miles of trails and elevations ranging from 1,300 to 7,900 feet, this national forest features six distinct ecosystems and eight wilderness areas. In addition to hiking guides covering Sedona, Northern Arizona, and other parts of the state, the library’s collection contains books geared towards other special Arizona travel interests such as rock hounding, exploring ghost towns and mining camps, fishing, and rock climbing.

Even armchair travelers shouldn’t feel left out. A travelogue like Ian Frazier’s Travels in Siberia or the just-published Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth (look for it on the shelves in the near future) can enlighten you about other cultures and landscapes. Whatever your destination, we look forward to assisting you at the library and wish you safe travels.

Elizabeth Cate
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of Sedona Public Library.