Monday, June 20, 2016

"The Great Outdoors Can Be Discovered at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

Warmer weather is here, as are travel destinations both beautiful and fascinating.  What better way to explore our great nation than by planning trips to natural wonders, and other unique spots, that lend themselves to camping, RVing or both!  Your Abilene Public Library can point you in the right direction with several interesting titles that provide all you need to know about enjoying the great outdoors, whether you plan to pitch a tent at our very own Abilene State Park or hit the road on an epic multi-state trip.

Interested in easing into camping while still having access to some of the comforts of home?  Then MaryJane Butter's Glamping with MaryJane might be the place to start.  Author MaryJane Butter juxtaposes the practical, such as campfires and cast iron cooking, with glammed up trailers and tents that make a night under the stars a little more comfy.

If camping is to be a family affair, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids by Helen Olsson is a humorous but authoritative approach to camping with the kiddos.  Olsson provides checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects for babies to teens designed to ensure everyone enjoys themselves.

Camping established itself as a standard for family summer vacations by the 1960s.  You can relive those days by using Route 66, which is part of the Lonely Planet Road Trips series of books.  Author Sara Benson takes you along this iconic roadway where you will experience natural wonders, quirky roadside attractions and retro diners proving that you can still get your kicks on Route 66.

If RVing has always appealed to you but you have no idea where to start, might we suggest RV Vacations for Dummies by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch.  As the title suggests, these experts provide essential RV information and practical advice regardless of whether you plan to purchase or rent an RV.  If you need guidance on how to plan a trip, the authors offer coast-to-coast regional itineraries.

Those ready to plan out their adventure may also want to check out the Good Sam North American RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory which is updated yearly by the Good Sam Club.  This exhaustive handbook includes over 13,500 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico as well as ratings, photos, and information designed to help you locate the ideal spot based on a variety of criteria.

Let the Abilene Public Library help introduce you and your family to the unique experience of camping or RVing.  There are endless possibilities for what you can do or where you can go, but your library is prepared to help by providing a variety of useful materials that will guide you through the planning process so that your vacation is a worry free as possible. So, what are you waiting for; the great outdoors awaits!

Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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