Look to library for winter getaway ideas

This winter weather has been relentless, hasn’t it? Snow, ice, wind and below-normal temperatures have mixed to create a recipe of gray skies, barren fields and, of course, cabin fever.

Having just returned to Ohio from a brief trip to southern Florida, I long again for invigorating days of sunshine and warmth. For those of you who are staying put until spring, or for those of you who have been fortunate to venture to balmy climates, please enjoy the following list of travel-themed material T-SPL is more than happy to provide.

Minus a beloved pet, significant other or, perhaps, mobile device, what other companion shouts travel better than a book about such a topic? Tucked away in the non-fiction shelves of the 900s (most of which consists of history), T-SPL’s travel section, from 910-919, runs the gamut.

All-inclusive books such as AAA’s “Traveling with Your Pet” and Good Sam’ s “2014 North American RV Travel Guide” are updated annually and provide an overview of the United States’ best-recommended suggestions, topic-relevant. More specifically, the collection also houses travel guides that cover regions of the country, such as the Midwest, as well as each state, including Ohio.

And, depending on their popularity and notoriety, our collection features travel guides about specific cities such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco, most providing pull-out maps and colorful visuals to offer a glimpse as to what to expect before and during travel.

Some prominent travel book publisher names, many of which you’ ve likely come across, include Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Culture Shock, Rough Guides and DK Eyewitness, to name some. While each label provides a unique perspective on travel, the smaller presses afford a more intimate, and even quirky, take on the world.

The Ohio travel books, in particular, feature some eye-catching titles: “Ohio Road Trips with Neil Zurcher,” “Historic Tours of Ohio” and “Off the Beaten Path: Ohio.” Other Ohio titles promote activities including hiking and bicycling and their maps provide a generally more nuanced approach than what most large-scale travel book publishers can cover.

But why only consider domestic possibilities? Our collection also features travel books that cover the world, whether from the heights of the Alps to the depths of the Zambezi River.

For those of you who may not have a specific destination in mind, or even a firm desire to leave home, the travel section also includes travelogues and memoirs, some by well-known and prolific writers in that field, and others whose names you may recognize from other disciplines, such as literature.

Take, for instance, Robert Louis Stevenson.

A 19th-century author famous for works such as “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped,” Stevenson penned a book, “In the South Seas,” an engrossing as well as historic account. Consider famed explorer’s Ernest Shackleton’s “South: the Endurance Expedition” trek across Antarctica in the early 20th century. Other more contemporary writers, such as Paul Theroux and Stephen E. Ambrose, also dot the travel section, their writings ranging from the present in the African safari to the adventures of Lewis and Clark in their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.

The travel section’s location in the 900s affords it close proximity to history and culture; it’s a topic that is related to many other parts of the collection, including sociology, language and cuisine.

Of course, please don’t be fooled into thinking our travel section, and travel in general, is limited to books only. Our DVDs, foreign film collection, books on CD and even databases, such as Mango Languages, offer ways to explore our travel offerings.

When browsing, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, I encourage you to submit a suggestion form into one of two suggestion boxes (one each can be found in the Junior Library room or near the front, circulation desk) or ask a staff person to complete a purchase request.

T-SPL is ready to guide your desire to explore!

Tim Hagen is director of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.