Library Insider: R&R Langsdale

By Laura Melamed

Need an instant vacation? At this point in the semester many of us do, but who has time to get away?

Instead, visit the library and flip through 1000 Places to See Before You Die. Imagine visiting long empty beaches, steep cliffs, small fishing villages and sixth century farmlands on Gotland near the coast of Sweden. Perfect for any major.

Kevin Cook enjoys a relaxing read at Langsdale Library.

Kevin Cook enjoys a relaxing read at Langsdale Library.

 

Wish it were summer? Wander through 1000 Places to Visit Before You Die and envision your visit to Roswell, New Mexico’s Fourth of July UFO Festival for costume contests (maybe you can reuse a Halloween mask), abduction panel discussions, and tours of Hangar 84. There will be lectures and workshops if you’re feeling homesick for school.

Or what about heli-hiking in British Columbia’s remote mountains through a “primeval world of alpine wildf lowers,” all while pausing

You Die and envision your visit to Roswell, New Mexico’s Fourth of July UFO Festival for costume contests (maybe you can reuse a Halloween mask), abduction panel discussions, and tours of Hangar 84. There will be lectures and workshops if you’re feeling homesick for school.

Or what about heli-hiking in British Columbia’s remote mountains through a “primeval world of alpine wildflowers,” all while pausing for thirty seconds at the library’s circulation desk.

When you’re on vacation,try bringing a novel. “Story structure encourages our brains to think in sequence, expanding our attention spans,” says “Your Brain on Books,” a 2013 post in the Open Education Database (OEDB). You could try Yannick Murphy’s The Call, a novel about “family, community, the human bond with animals, and—oh yeah—spaceships,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks in her review. Perfect, perhaps, for your actual trip to Roswell, New Mexico.

Mystery fans might try Twelve Drummer’s Drumming, by C.C. Bennison, The Dinosaur Hunter, by Homer Hickam, or The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson, based on a true story.

Can’t wait for the break? Try a photo journalism collection on London Street Art or other works including extensive photography such as Forgotten Bookmarks, I Watch

Therefore I Am, or Write More Good. These books and more can be found at Langsdale Library on the third floor of the Learning Commons. Come and check them out, then stay and study a while. It’s almost time for vacation.

 

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