Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Travel Tips From The Library

We've still got two months of summer, and if you're planning a vacation, look no further than the library for some travel help!

Sheila here.
I love to read before I leave for a new place about things to do, attractions, and restaurants. You don't have to spend money on travel books when you can check out and return them at the end of your trip? The Cincinnati Public Library's extensive collection includes the latest
from Fodor's, Frommer's, Rough Guides, and more. Specific topics like traveling with kids and pets or how to accommodate special needs
while away from home are also available.

If you're heading to another country, the Library can help you over the language barrier with its database that helps you learn a new language. www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2010/byki.html

I always load up on summer reading when I head to the beach, but I'm starting to think I need to get an eReader to lighten my load! If you've already made that investment, check out the Library for a huge collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks with
thousands of bestselling titles. They're available for downloading 24/7 with no late fees! Http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/downloadables/ebooks.html

The Library also has music for your MP3 player. http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2011/downloadmusic.html

If you're doing the driving, you might want to check out Playaways. At about half the size of a deck of cards, Playaways come preloaded with an entire audiobook. You
don't need a separate player to listen to the book and you don't have to worry about keeping track of several CDs or cassettes. Everyone in the car can listen to their own, or with an audio cord, plug one into the radio so all of your passengers all can listen in.

One fun idea the Library offers: Theme read to go along with your travels. Going to Disney World? Read Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Traveling
to Key West? Read some Ernest Hemingway. The Library's staff can recommend authors, novels, and books based on the history or culture of your destination. You can even get these as audiobooks on CD to listen to in the car or on your portable CD player.

And it's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading and participate from anywhere! First off, join Team Read at www.CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerRead/. The 8-week Summer Reading program is set up so that you can jump in at any point and start reading. Team Read continues at all 41 locations of the Public Library through July 31, which means there's still plenty of time left to win prizes like the 656 Cincinnati Reds tickets to be given away! Or score big
with one of 123 Nook Color eReaders awarded to the Team Readers who read the most.

Happy summer reading!

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