Home Life Library: Resources to get out and go this summer

Library: Resources to get out and go this summer

July is Park and Recreation Month.  “This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside everyday that they would normally do inside” like eating lunch down by the Red River at one of the parkways.  Or, maybe something on a grander scale like vacationing in a national park where you can eat lunch under a tall canopy of trees next to a river.      

No matter your destination travel guides are great resources for planning all of the details.   Fodor’s is one of the most recognized comprehensive travel guides.  “Fodor’s the Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West” covers 35 parks with maps as well as listings of outdoor activities, programs, towns, other attractions, and so much more.  

You might also try “Yosemite: The Complete Guide” by James Kaiser, “Guide to the National Parks of the United States” by National Geographic Society, and “Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks” by Bradley Mayhew, which are excellent.  

“Exploring America by RV” by Shirley Slater and “Woodall’s North America Campground Directory” are good resources for those who enjoy being outdoors.  Listings for motels and hotels are provided if RVing or camping is not your style.  

In addition to books, the library has several DVDs about national parks: “America’s National Parks a video tour of all 55 national parks.” [electronic resource]: Volume 1/Downloadable video file; “Glacier National Park” [DVD videorecording]; “Grand Canyon” [DVD videorecording]; “Grand Teton” [DVD videorecording].  

To learn more about national parks go to www.parksandrecreation.org.  

Make a note: 

  • Bossier Parish Libraries will be closed Friday, July 4th for Independence Day.  
  • During the month of July, at Bossier Central Library, the Yanjun Shi (Tanny) Art Show will be on exhibit.  Her works include portraits in a variety of settings created in pen and ink and watercolor.
  • Monday, July 7, from 5:30—7:30 p.m., join Bossier Parish Libraries and Macaronikid.com for Ralph & Kacoo’s Family Night.
  • Thursday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Bossier Central Library  join the Adult Summer Reading Program on Veterinary Health, with Dr. Larry Snyder.  For more information call (318) 746-1693.
  • Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bossier Parish Libraries will be at Sign Up Saturday in the Bossier Civic Center.

New Books


“The Painter” by Peter Heller

“The Advocate” by Randy Singer (Lg. Print) 

“Runner” by Patrick Lee (Lg. Print) 

“The Residue Years” by Mitchell Jackson

“The Book of You” by Claire Kendal 

“Death of a Nightingale” by Lene Kaaberbol

“Precious Thing” by Collette McBeth

“Belle Cora” by Phillip Margulies

“Cyador’s Heirs” by L.E. Modisitt 

“It Happened in Wisconsin” by Ken Maraff


“1,000 Sauces, Dips and Dressings” by Nadia Arumugam

“Perfect Patisserie: Mastering Macarons, Madeleines and More” by Kinnaird

“Sugar Flower Skills” by Alan Dunn

“The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book: Delicious Plant-based Burgers, Fries, Sides, and More” by Sara Davies

“Daughter of the King” by Sandra Lansky 

“Making Candles” by Gloria Nicol

“Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time” by Bill McGowan

“Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo

“Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone

“Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel” by Jason Padgett

Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us

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