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Lexington Reads 2017: Wanderlust!

Lexington Reads 2017: Wanderlust header for Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

Lexington Reads is made possible by donors to the Cary Memorial Library Foundation.

The Lexington Reads theme this year is Wanderlust: Read. Explore. Discover. Our official Lexington Reads selection for teens and adults is The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. We also have two selections for children. This is the World by M. Sasek and The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft are both available in the Children’s Room. All three books are available at Cary Memorial Library and through the Minuteman Library Network. Ask a librarian for help finding a copy!

We hope that over the month of March, Lexingtonians will join us by reading this book and participating in one of the many programs offered at Cary Memorial Library. By reading together, we hope to bring the community together and learn from one another. Travel is such an exciting, eye-opening, and fun way to learn about the world and people around us. Join us as we read, explore, and discover.

All events are also available on our Events Calendar.

 

Selections

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck book coverThe Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck [reserve a copy

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck is a road trip story, a story of brothers, a travel memoir, a history book, and an exploration of the American identity all wrapped in one hilarious package. Rinker Buck is a middle aged man who spends his days reading and writing in Connecticut. One day, he decides to travel the Oregon Trail by wagon. His brother Nick joins the journey, providing necessary practical knowledge and driving skills. As the two brothers, who are very different people, traverse the trail, Buck dives into the history of the Oregon Trail, the pioneers, and the formation of the American West. With reflections on relationships, community, and the original trail pioneers, The Oregon Trail finds the humor and humanity in the travel experience. This book will appeal to all those interested in travel, family stories, history, and humor.

Rinker Buck is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. His previous books include Shane Comes Home, First Job: A Memoir of Growing up at Work, If We Had Wings: The Enduring Dream of Flight, and Flights of Passage. He lives in Connecticut.

Copies are available at Cary Memorial Library and through the Minuteman Library Network. E-books and downloadable audiobooks are available through Overdrive.

 

This is the World by M. Sasek book coverThis is the World by M. Sasek [reserve a copy]

From London to Hong Kong, Sydney to San Francisco, readers will delight in this charming journey through the world’s greatest cities. With deft strokes of his paintbrush and a witty voice to match, master illustrator and storyteller M. Sasek captured the essence of the world’s major capitals brought them to life for an entire generation of young readers.
 

The Travel Book by Malcome Croft book coverThe Travel Book by Malcolm Croft [reserve a copy

From amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food, this book is packed with hundreds of facts about every country on our planet.

 

Events

Learn a Language with Mango

3/7/17, 2 p.m. Learning Center
Learn to use Mango, a library database that offers foreign language instruction. Free to use from home for all Lexington residents with a CML card, this database offers instruction in 70 languages. Learn from a library staff person how to access and navigate this wonderful resource, and get ready for your next trip! Bring your own device. No registration is required.

Meet the Author: Rinker Buck

3/9/17, 7 p.m. Living Room (Main Floor of Cary Memorial Library)
Rinker Buck, the author of our official Lexington Reads selection “The Oregon Trail” will be here to speak about his experience traversing the trail by wagon, what it was like to “see America slowly” and travel with his brother. “The Oregon Trail” is a fun travelogue and history book that not only takes readers on a journey through the American West, but also helps to explore what is best about America and the people who live along the trail. Rinker Buck will discuss his journey and what he learned; don’t miss this event! This will take place in the new Living Room space on the main floor of Cary Memorial Library. No registration is required.

Rinker Buck is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. His previous books include Shane Comes Home, First Job: A Memoir of Growing up at Work, If We Had Wings: The Enduring Dream of Flight, and Flights of Passage. He lives in Connecticut.

Book Lovers’ Brunch

3/18/17, 10 a.m. Large Meeting Room
Lexington resident Kitty Galaitsis is the speaker at the annual Book Lovers’ Brunch! Galaitsis will speak about her recent travels to Uzbekistan, the history of the country, and what she learned on this adventure of a lifetime. Come and learn all about this fascinating but little known country. A light brunch will be served. Registration is required; sign up online or by phone beginning Monday, February 27, 2017. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Cary Memorial Library.

Page to Screen: Everest

3/23/17, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Professor Monika Raesch joins us to discuss how books are adapted to the screen. The differences in medium, the strengths of each format, and the ways we react differently to these stories will be explored in depth. We will discuss the film “Everest” and how this true story of adventure travel was adapted into a film.

A Life of Travel

3/28/17, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Have you ever imagined living abroad? Foreign Service Officers move every few years and experience a multitude of cultures, languages, and countries over the course of their career. Larry Mandel, a retired Foreign Service Officer, and his wife Judy discuss their lives as professional nomads and navigating life in many different cultures. Now retired, Larry and Judy are passionate about sharing their experiences and the lessons they learned after living amongst so many different people and places. Come learn what it is like to start over in new countries and experience the simplest of things—like grocery shopping—through a new perspective. No registration is required.

Game Night: The Oregon Trail

3/16/17, 5-7 p.m. Teen Workshop
Become a Western pioneer! In the Oregon Trail computer game, you decide how to navigate the treacherous 2000 mile journey from Independence, Missouri to Oregon. Stop by the Teen Workshop any time from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and try the game yourself. Ages 7-adult. No registration required.

Geography Fun! Grades 4 & 5

3/23/17, 3 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Let’s travel the world. Test your geography skills as part of a team. We’ll have games, contests, and more—and lots of fun. Attendance is limited. Sign up online (carylibrary.org) beginning Monday, March 3 at 7 PM. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kids Cooking Green presents: Italian Adventure grades 3-5

3/8/17 4:00-5:00 p.m. Storytime Room
Let’s travel to Italy for this special cooking class. We’ll make hand-rolled individual pieces of spinach pasta called “Trofie” and we’ll cook and mash some cauliflower with Cacio de Roma cheese and make the best tasting mac and cheese. Attendance is limited. Sign up online (carylibrary.org) beginning Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kids Cooking Green presents: English Adventure grades 3-5

3/30/17 3:00-4:00 p.m. Storytime Room
Let’s travel to England and prepare a dish they call “Bubble and Squeak!” The name comes from the sound that the dish makes when cooking potato and other veggies. Come for the fun and enjoy your own homemade vegetarian Bubble and Squeak to eat for an afternoon snack. Attendance is limited.

Sign up online (carylibrary.org) beginning Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

Idea Wall

During Lexington Reads the Idea Wall will transform into a map of our dream destinations, hometowns, and favorite places. Stop by the Idea Wall, on the main floor of CML, to add your input and see where your neighbors have ventured!

What is the Idea Wall? The Idea Wall is an interactive community art space on the main floor of Cary Memorial Library. Our hopes for the Idea Wall are that the Lexington community can come together and participate in art projects each month that excite, unite, and inspire us. The exhibits will change every four to six weeks, so check back and see what is new.

Lexington Reads is sponsored by the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, with additional assistance by the Friends of Cary Memorial Library. We thank everyone who has donated to the Foundation and Friends for their support of the library and its programming.