Escape at the library

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Township Library Director

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?

It’s an often asked question, and one that gets our travel juices flowing. If you asked me the question, I’d say Paris, and Fiji, and Rio, and Iceland, and and and…

This year, travel is curtailed and we’re all spending more time home and close to home. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t let your imagination soar to places you’ve never been. And what we offer at the Library can take you anywhere.

I read across many genres, but one of my favorites is historical fiction. I readily admit to reading and re-reading the Outlander series. I think I like historical fiction because it does take me places I can’t go. We don’t have time travel, so I can’t go back to 18th century Scotland where Outlander is set in the early novels. A well-researched historical novel can truly transport me back to whatever time it’s set in. Science fiction and fantasy do the same, but with worlds that don’t exist. Memoirs take us into someone else’s life so we can see through their eyes. Romance, mystery, westerns, all allow us to escape our reality for a while.

That said, there are times when reading is too much. Recently, I’ve found myself picking up a book only to put it down, pick it up five minutes later and then put it down again. There’s so much going on that being able to lose myself in the book doesn’t happen. And that’s ok.

What I do when that happens is turn to poetry or short stories. They seem (to me, your mileage may vary) to allow me that escape without the commitment of a BOOK. I can get lost in the imagery of a poem, the pattern of the words, the language of the poet.

Escape happens when we allow ourselves to let go of the now. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for 10 minutes or three hours, that time spent in another world can help us make sense of the real, if only by showing us something or somewhere we haven’t been.

So even if you can’t physically travel far, find someplace to escape to here at the Library. There are over 50,000 books on our shelves that can take you away for a bit. Come explore something new!

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