Book Beat: Exploring Our National Parks

Submitted by J. Alder on Fri, 02/10/2023 - 07:30

If you’re like me, you might be dreaming about travel at this point in the winter. I’ve been thinking about some favorite vacation destinations for our family: national parks. They have scenery, wildlife, history, and outdoor adventure—all things we enjoy. The variety of settings is refreshing. I’ve enjoyed the urban settings of parks like Gateway Arch National Park and the remoteness of Great Basin National Park in the Nevada desert. Whatever your preference, there are 63 national parks and many other historic sites, memorials, battlefields, seashores, and other lands managed by the National Park Service. An annual pass is $80 and gets you access to all federal fee areas for a year. If you are 62 or over, an annual pass is $20 or a lifetime pass is $80.

Here are some books about national parks you might enjoy, whether you are planning a visit or not:

For some kitchen table travel, you may want to try:

Did you know the National Park Service has its own library system? Many national parks have libraries on-site and full research libraries with professional librarians are located at Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks. National parks and libraries share common goals and philosophies when you think about it. We welcome everyone, and we connect people with treasures we hope will inspire them and fill them with wonder.

Library tip of the month: You’ll find printed travel guides in our collection, but to lighten your load while you travel, we also have guides in eBook format through OverDrive, which can be accessed using the Libby app, and through Gale eBooks. Find them here.

Janet Alder is Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, which has 15 locations in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Cowlitz Counties. Call 360-906-5000 or visit the library district website for more information.

A version of this column first appeared in The Messenger, February 2023.

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