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Adventures from Afar

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Armchair travelling is a great way to encounter other places, people, cultures, and adventures at any age.  From the archives of history to the depths of fantasy, wander and ponder these digital works with your mind, eyes and ears.  

This collection was created just for you by LBPL staff. Click the links to view the books in our library catalog. Enjoy!

Atlas obscura : an explorer's guide to the world's hidden wonders

Cover of Atlas ObscuraInspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.












Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles

Cover of Wild LALos Angeles may have a reputation as a concrete jungle, but in reality, it's full of amazing wildlife. You just need to know where to find it! Equal parts natural history, field guide, and trip planner, Wild LA has something for everyone.









The Map of Knowledge

Map of KnowledgeThe Map of Knowledge explores the role played by seven cities around the Mediterranean—rare centers of knowledge in a dark world, where scholars supported by enlightened heads of state collected, translated and shared manuscripts









The Hobbit

Cover of The HobbitBilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.










The Door in the Alley: The Explorers Series, Book 1


Door in the Alley CoverThis pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and there is a girl looking for help that only uninquisitive boys can offer.









A World to Explore: Library Mouse Series, Book 3


Library Mouse CoverOne night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he's too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn't know much about writing or research, but could reading and research help her learn more about the places she wishes to visit? Together this duo shows that, with teamwork, anything is possible.






NPR Road Trips--Roadside Attractions


NPR Road Trips CoverRoadside attractions are the staples of the American road trip. Many are slowly disappearing from our highways and byways. Are they culture or kitsch? Are their creators artists or innovators? Listeners are invited along for the ride to decide for themselves.










An Antarctic Mystery

Antarctic Mystery Cover
One of the lesser known novels by Jules Verne, but certainly a novel that is worth reading, An Antarctic Mystery is a fictional travelogue that describes the narrator's adventures as he travels from Kerguelen Islands, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, towards the South Pole. The novel is the account of the journey made by Jeorling, a rich American who has been studying the wildlife on Kerguelen Islands and is now looking for a way to return to America.