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Ohio Day Trips, or, There and Back Again

A Journey Through Middle Earth the Buckeye State

by Programming Librarian Zach

The final school bell for the year has rung, longer days and warmer weather have arrived, and the official beginning of summer is right around the corner. Now, what to do with all of this extra time? Not to worry, the Bexley Public Library has you covered!

“I’m going on an adventure!” – Bilbo Baggins

Not every adventure has to be as long, perilous, or full of dragons as Bilbo’s jaunt around Middle Earth. Discover what new journeys await you here in the Buckeye State. Feeling inspired to journey outdoors? Check out these titles to reconnect with nature:

  • Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage by Jim McCormack and Gary Meszaros | print / digital
  • Wandering Ohio: A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike by Chuck Hewett and Beth Hewett | print

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.” – Gandalf

Sometimes we need to abandon the familiar roads and renew our sense of wonder. Checkout these titles that will encourage you to get off the main roads and explore some of the hidden gems around the great state of Ohio.

  • Ohio Off the Beaten Path by Jackie Sheckler Finch | print / digital
  • Backroads and Byways of Ohio: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions by Matt Forster | print / digital

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield

If you’re anything like me, your inner-hobbit will be asking “but what about the food and drink?” For those motivated more by discovering new spots for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper, or any other meal time, checkout these titles to whet your appetite:

  • The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook by Renee Casteel Cook and Tiffany Harelik | print / digital
  • 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio by Rick Armon | print
  • Ohio’s Craft Beers: Discovering the Variety, Enjoying the Quality, Relishing the Experience by Paul L. Gaston | print / digital

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something…You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 

Still not sure what trips you want to take this summer? Check out any of these wonderful programs at the Bexley Public Library to discover what new adventures await you!

Ohio Day Trips with Breakfast with Nick food & travel writer, Nick Dekker – Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm

Travel Adventures with Road Scholar – Tuesday, July 19 at 2 pm

Forgotten Landmarks of Columbus – Monday, July 25 at 7 pm

All quotes are from The Hobbit, or There and Back Again written by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937).