Start Your Summer Vacation at the Library

By Jennifer Schultz-Angoli and Lisa Pavlock

Summer, for many, means travel – by plane, train or automobile. In fact, according to a recent AAA Travel Survey, nearly 100 million Americans – 4 in 10 U.S. adults – are planning to take a family vacation in 2019.

Planning Your Trip

If you haven’t chosen a summer destination yet, don’t despair. Our recently expanded travel section is a good place to start. Visit the travel section at your local library and browse destinations near and far, arranged by region.

A number of useful resources, focusing on regional travel, have recently been added to the collection. Browse this list, compiled by Jennifer Schultz-Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian.

Drive & Hike the Appalachian Trail: The Best Trail Town, Day Hikes, and Road Trips in Between by Timothy Malcolm

Whether planning a weekend getaway in charming towns near the Appalachian Trail or a five-month “thru hike,” this guide will make an Appalachian Trail adventure fun and perhaps even a bit easier!

Lonely Planet Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trips by Amy C. Balfour, Virginia Maxwell, et al

This guide, published by Lonely Planet, is packed with itineraries for both short day trips up and down the Parkway and multi-day excursions.

Maryland’s Chesapeake: How The Bay and Its Bounty Shaped a Cuisine by Kathryn Wielech Patterson and Neal Patterson

Interested in learning more about the culinary heritage of the Chesapeake? Everything from its Native American heritage to contemporary attempts to preserve its waters is covered in this enticing volume.

The New Guide to North Carolina Beaches by Glenn Morris

Both novice and experienced North Carolina beachgoers will want to check out this new guide, filled with travel tips, beach access points, and attraction reviews.

North Carolina Lighthouses by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts

Touring lighthouses in North Carolina this summer? Take along this guide to the nine remaining lighthouses along the shoreline.

Ocean City: Going Down the Ocean by Michael Morgan

Relive days gone by with this compact overview of Ocean City’s history, beginning with the arrival of explorer Giovanni de Verrazano, the introduction of the Assateague ponies, Civil War battles, the rise of ocean development, and more.

Virginia Beach Through the Twentieth Century by Amy Waters Yarsinke

Virginia Beach’s astounding development during the twentieth century is chronicled in this fascinating overview.

Se préparer pour un voyage (Getting Ready to Travel)

International travel on your itinerary? If so, you may need to learn a new language for the trip. The library can help with that too. Learn at your own pace with Rocket Languages, complete with downloadable lessons, games and more. Or try Transparent Language Online to develop everyday conversation skills in over 60 languages. Both are available free from Fauquier County Public Library. Go to to get started. A valid library card is required.

Pack Your Bags

A staple for many travelers is a good book, or two, to enjoy while sitting poolside or to devour during a long flight. To fill that need, be sure to stop by your local library to stock up on books to tuck into your suitcase. Visit the new books shelf for something fresh off the presses, or browse one of the many displays for reading inspiration. Be sure to check out these hot summer titles coming to Fauquier County Public Library shelves this summer.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

As an African-American woman FBI agent during the height of the Cold War, Marie Mitchell certainly has big and small challenges in her career, which are only heightened when she becomes involved in a coup to overthrow the president of Burkina Faso. Perfect for fans of historical thrillers!

Backlash by Brad Thor

Although this won’t be out until late June, the holds list is already growing for Thor’s latest blockbuster featuring popular character Scott Harvath as he seeks revenge for a devastating betrayal.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Eat, Pray, Love bestselling author returns with a young woman’s coming-of-age story set in the theatre world of 1940s New York.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Any new title from bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is guaranteed to have readers clamoring for their copy. Her latest follows two sisters from the 1950s to present day America as they experience the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and the women’s liberation movement in different ways.

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

Deaver’s series launch about a “reward seeker” and missing persons locator who finds himself in the underbelly of the video game industry is sure to enthrall those who enjoy thrillers with a technological bent.

The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown

With summer being the height of wedding season, bridal-themed romances are quite popular. This story of an owner of a plus-sized bridal boutique who encounters a former crush is already quite popular with local library patrons.

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Stories set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina are always popular, especially when they are written by Dorothea Benton Frank. Frank returns to Sullivan’s Island with this story of two very different sisters dealing with newfound romance, the end of a marriage, and bees.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

Inspired by actual events, this story of anti-Hitler German citizens is the latest historical saga from the author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

Detective Daniel Hawthorne, along with sidekick Anthony, returns as he investigates the murder of a famous celebrity divorce lawyer, and realizes that his own secrets will eventually be discovered.

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Set in Nantucket during the summer of 1969, this chronicles both national upheavals and family dramas during a momentous time in American history.


Worried about getting sand or surf on your book? Consider buying a gently used book at The Book Cellar, the used book store operated by Friends of the Fauquier Library. The Book Cellar has a wide selection of materials at very affordable prices. All sale proceeds benefit Fauquier County Public Library. The Book Cellar is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

No room in your suitcase for books? No problem! Download the Overdrive or RBDigital app to your laptop, tablet or mobile phone, then explore the library’s collection of e-books or rediscover the pleasure of being read to with our expanded e-audio offerings. You can even flip through a magazine using RBDigital. Dozens of popular magazines ranging from American Girl to National Geographic are available for checkout on a desktop or mobile browser or can be downloaded to a mobile device.

Wherever your summer travels take you, travel safely and take a good book with you!

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