Travel Series

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Your Fort Worth Public Library is a place for lifelong learning and exploration. We're excited to offer a series of talks and workshops for people interested in traveling and exploring the world. Each month we will offer a different program to guide you on to your next journey.  

All presentations through January 2022 will be virtual.  Additional programs scheduled in 2022 will be in-person.

First Encounters - Four Travel Vignettes

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Wherever he travels, historian and journalist David Mould is constantly scribbling in his notebook or on whatever piece of paper he has handy—an airline boarding card, a restaurant menu. Learn about his first impressions on four very different destinations from his notes. 

Watch a recording of his presentation here. 

Pottering Around the UK: Real Life Locations from the World of Harry Potter

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Travel vicariously as Anglophile and former UK resident Claire Evans takes you on a historic, scenic, architectural and occasionally culinary tour of Harry Potter's magical world. From London to Scotland and points in between, admire the amazing real-life locations film scouts picked throughout the best of the British Isles, and get tips if you'd like to visit the sights yourself one day. A Q&A session will follow the virtual presentation.

 

Passports and Pacifiers: How to Travel with Kids

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Kaitlyn Jain's book Passports and Pacifiers follows a young, baby-wearing family on eight memorable, affordable, and nap-centered trips. Starting with two bumbling parents taking their Never-Sleep infant to child-loving Italy, it ends six years later with four kids (all under the age of eight) for an adventure across Scandinavia. Readers are regaled with misadventures, like losing the only pacifier of the trip, missing ferries, and traveling with a baby who refuses to nap. The Jains find deals—traveling just a tad off the prime season, finding buy one get two flights, and using credit card miles and free grandparent babysitters—and save where they can. This book serves as an inspiration and guidebook to take your kids out of your comfort zone and explore.

 

Watch a recording of her presentation here

Musical Britain

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The music of Great Britain tells us a lot about the history, culture and people of this island throughout the last six hundred years. George McFall will talk about the music and musical history of Britain from "Greensleeves" to "Please, Please Me" including the sacred and classical music composers of church and court as well as rural and urban folk traditions and the ‘British invasion’ of the 60s — and up to the present day. A fun and informative tour of Britain’s rich musical tapestry. Marah Walsh will talk about the sites that helped inspire the British musical traditions. 

Literary United Kingdom

6:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022

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Join George McFall on a tour of literary England and hear stories about the authors and poets and the towns and the times in which they lived. Some of the locations discussed will be the Lake District (home of Wordsworth and Coleridge), Yorkshire (hear about the amazing Brontë sisters Emily and Charlotte, writers of "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre", Stratford upon Avon (hometown of William Shakespeare - arguably the greatest poet of the English language) and Oxford (home to JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) and CS Lewis (Narnia) as well as Lewis Caroll (Alice in Wonderland).

 Register today!