It is the season to travel and, after all, life is an adventure. It's never too late to strike out and explore the world. The Payson Public Library is a great place to begin planning your trip. There are hundreds of books relating to all parts of the United States, Europe, Mexico and the rest of the world. Come join the fun.
"Frommer's Florence and Tuscany, Day by Day." If you are hoping to relive the glory days of the Florentine Renaissance, tour the highlights of Siena, drive through Chianti country or tour Tuscany's most charming small towns, this book is for you. Whatever your interest or schedule, this book gives you the smartest route to follow. You are taken to the top sights and attractions, but you are also introduced to those special, out-of-the-way places. At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything -- thematic tours, walking tours, bulleted maps, hotels and restaurants for all budgets. See the best of Florence and Tuscany in one, two or three days.
"Frommer's Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard." The beaches are wonderful. The outdoor activities, bike paths, golf courses and kayaking routes are among the best in New England. No matter where you are, you can always find a secluded place. No trip to Nantucket Island is complete without a stroll around Nantucket Harbor. The bike shops are ubiquitous on Martha's Vineyard, where getting around on two wheels is a great option. Experience a place the way the locals do. Everything you need to know to find the perfect seaside clam shack and the best, winding bike trail is in this book. This guide gives you outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
"Frommer's: Ireland's Best Loved Driving Tours." The book takes you to Norman castles, the Ring of Kerry, the lush glens and gardens of the Wicklow hills, enjoy the quaint coastal villages of Cork and much more. You are provided with 25 distinctive, easy-to-use itineraries, exact directions, scenic side trips and detailed, accurate, full-color route planning maps. Everything you need to see is in the book about the best of Ireland by car.
"The Unofficial Guide to Mexico's Best Beach Resorts" by Maribeth Mellin. Vibrant, passionate and magnificent describe the allures of Mexico. More than 6,000 miles of coastline frame a majestic tapestry of mountains, deserts and forests. A lineup of top-notch coastal resorts are tributes to Mexico's immense popularity as a vacation destination. The guide gives you great tips on how to have a perfect trip. The premier beach resorts are described and evaluated. There are over 125 hotel and restaurant profiles. The book includes detailed information on the best sightseeing tours and, last but not least, advice on how, when and where to travel in Mexico, with options for every budget or interest.
"Frommer's Exploring America by RV." In an RV, you are free of airports, schedules, reservations, shuttles and public transport. RVers can go anywhere without any advance reservations or preparations and always have a good time, discovering something new and interesting about the world around us. This guidebook picks and chooses overnight oases, from private RV parks with heated pools and golf courses to quiet forested campgrounds in state and national parks. You'll find offbeat places to eat or pick up tasty treats. The book gives you locations, rates and amenities for hundreds of private and public campgrounds, short and long-haul journeys you can take from Alaska to the Everglades. When you are ready to go you'll have great itineraries.
Also at the library:
"Frommer's National Parks with Kids"
"Fodor's Guide to ‘The Da Vinci Code'"
"Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call"
"D.K. San Francisco and Northern California"
"Frommer's Best Day Trips from London"
And don't forget, we have a wide variety of foreign language tapes.
Now, our young adult book review submitted by Miss Emily Arnold.
"Year of Impossible Goodbyes" by Sook Nyul Choi.
"Year of Impossible Goodbyes" is probably the most touching story I have ever read. It is about a 10-year-old Korean girl named Sookan and her mother, brother, grandfather and aunt, set in the year 1945. They are living in an unfortunate time, when the Japanese are occupying South Korea. Her father and brothers are away and the Japanese police captain is trying to kick them off their property. All of a sudden, the war ends and the Korean people are completely ecstatic. But then the Russians come to their village and turn it into a communist town. Sookan can't even remember the good times anymore -- when their beautiful land was completely free. She wonders if it ever will be that way again.
"Year of Impossible Goodbyes" is a moving story which proves just how strong a family can be, and how much belief they have that freedom will always come.
Stay tuned. Coming to your library Summer Reading Program: "Superheroes Capture the Imagination." For more information, call Harryette at the library -- (928) 474-9260 -- Monday through Wednesday.