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Bicycle Journeys

Epic adventures on two wheels

Are you a metro-area bicycle commuter who dreams of strapping a set of panniers onto your bike and heading far from the madding crowd? One needn’t be a cyclist to enjoy a tale of long-distance cycling – experience perhaps doesn’t even help the enjoyment. The books below are a combination of first-person narratives of explorations of undiscovered territories, both external and internal, and well-researched histories of epic journeys across continents.

Abe Lincoln at Last

Abe Lincoln in Children's Literature

While most children are introduced to American history in the classroom, it’s never too early to introduce them to historical figures, like President Abraham Lincoln! Lincoln is one of the most recognizable presidents in American history, and even before they enter school children may recognize “Lincoln” in top hats, tall presidents and the Lincoln Memorial. Living in Washington, D.C. makes his presence even more obvious, for many.

How to Walk by Tich Nhat Hanh

Take a Hike

Books on traveling by foot

As the days of the health emergency have continued, many of us have found comfort and happiness in taking in time outdoors. Whether traveling along city streets or taking a break in a wooded park, walking can be immensely beneficial to us humans in a myriad of ways. These six titles celebrate taking the road by foot, from its effects on our mental health to what we can learn spiritually from the practice to how our bodies reap the benefits of simply putting one foot in front of the other again and again and again.

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Tommy Orange, "There There"

Review of There Thereby Tommy Orange Book of the Month, June 2020 Written by Las Comadres Book Club member, Serena V.

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Finding a Flow State

Books to Absorb You

We've likely all looked for it: a way to simultaneously escape ourselves while being as close to our bones as we can be. The whole idea of a "flow state" is predicated on this idea - losing ourselves in a purposeful way. Thoughtful or creative work is the cleanest path to this state, but exposing ourselves to someone else's art also prompts the reader's imagination and cues readers to find what it says about who they are. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Read it First!

YA titles made into movies

A lot of young adult books become movies, and that only means you need to read it first! These books have all been adapted for film. While watching a movie is a good time, you can get a lot out of a story both on the page and the screen. Check out these books, and our OverDrive collection for other great books that have been movies.  

The One and Only Ivan.

Newbery Winners Adapted to Film

The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the best children’s book published the previous year. Since its first awarding in 1922, numerous beloved books have been Newbery Medal winners or honor books, many have influenced children’s lives for the better, and several have been adapted to film. 

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Along the Danube

The lower Danube River is a route rich in history and nature. In 2014, I had my first view of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Instead of a group tour of eastern Europe, I decided a river cruise would be a relaxing way to see more of this magnificent river and the countries along the way. Below are a selection of related titles I've read and enjoyed. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

The Catcher in the Rye

We Didn't Start the Fire

Literature Mentioned in Billy Joel's Song

In 1989, musician Billy Joel released, "We Didn't Start the Fire," a song listing some of the most important headlines from his forty years of life up to that point, creating a snapshot of a large portion of the twentieth century.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Strong Appeal

Books I Put on Recent Recommendation Lists for Both my Mom and Sister

I like to think there are many perks to having a librarian in the family. My arts and crafts skills are impeccable, I can organize like nobody’s business, and, provided I know you well, I can produce book recommendations at the drop of a hat. That is why, for the last few years, I have gotten into the habit of creating recommended reading lists for my immediate family members for birthdays and other holidays. With Mother’s Day having recently passed, and my sister’s birthday coming up soon, I thought I’d share some of the books I recently recommended to both of them.

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