Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Modern Armchair Traveler

There are many great ways to travel the world from the comfort of your own home these days. I've gathered together a few links to help you get away this summer!

A book can be an excellent window into another time or place, and two librarians have created a website to match the reader with a destination. BiblioTravel allows you to search by location in addition to more traditional title and author searches. Perfect for readers who've enjoyed our License Plate Bookmarks Display!

I should warn you that it's possible to spend a crazy amount of time at this next link (especially if you've ever been sucked in by Google's Street View feature). 360 Cities offers interactive 360 degree panoramic images from around the world. You can see Grant House in Galena, but there are, as yet, no images from Dubuque.

Many museums around the world offer virtual tours of their collections, including the Louvre, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.

Or maybe you were among the thousands who watched the Decorah Eagle Cam this spring? Many zoos have live webcams year round! The San Diego Zoo has live cameras for their Pandas, Polar Bears, Elephants, and Apes, as well as videos of other animals (including babies). The Smithsonian National Zoological Park has 18 live webcams for everything from the Cheetas to Microscopic Organisms. The BBC provides an index of webcams available throughout England, which show everything from traffic to giraffes. Also fun is the South Pole Live Cam, though it is down for the Antarctic Winter.

We hope that you are enjoying this year's Adult Summer Reading Program, Novel Destinations! Remember for every five books you read this summer, you can be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Just stop by the Reference or Recommendations Desk the next time you visit Carnegie-Stout to get signed up.

Photos from Flickr users Wonderlane and Sharon Hall Shipp.Link

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