Did you ever just want to get away? Did you ever just want to climb Mount Everest? Well, maybe that second question is a stretch…but what if you could climb Mount Everest, or have a swashbuckling sword fight with a villain, or even be a secret Librarian whose mission it is to steal books from alternate realities? You can do all of these things and more – it’s called READing! All you need is your library card and the courage to begin your adventure. So, make yourself cozy and take off on some armchair travel.
Right now, the spring climbing season for Mount Everest is in full swing, with mountaineers preparing to summit from both sides of the mountain between May 15-21. Check out Into Thin Air, journalist Jon Krakauer’s personal account of climbing Mount Everest during the disastrous and controversial climbing season in 1996, or the 2016 movie Everest, which is based on his account. Visit the 796.5 section of the library’s non-fiction collection to find more books about extreme mountaineering on the world’s highest peaks.
Are you more of the sword-fighting-to-avenge-wrondoing type of adventurer? We’ve got that covered, too! Check out The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (we also have the movie), which was inspired by a true story – see The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.
If that still doesn’t whet your reading appetite, you must meet Miss Irene Winters, the Librarian-in-Residence in an alternate London. This is science fiction/fantasy, so it’s about to get weird! The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman features thievery, politics, Fae, and dragons, not to mention an incredibly cool secret library (a la Warehouse 13) which functions as a portal to numerous alternate worlds.
If you want to know more about any of these topics or get more reading suggestions, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!
Article by librarian Allison Wilkos