Check out a coffee table book and enjoy a tranquil moment |

Check out a coffee table book and enjoy a tranquil moment

Library Spotlight
Marilyn Murphy
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Marilyn Murphy

December is the best month to sail down the Mekong, according to “Where to Go When.” You can begin in Ban Houei Xai on the Thai border and float down the river stopping in Luang Praband, a paradise high in the misty mountains of Laos. The weather there is dry and usually about 86 degrees this time of year.

“One People, Many Journeys” is a Lonely Planet book of beautiful photography from around the world. Open it to a random page and see a picture of a tourist soaking in gray volcanic mud in Colombia, or reflect on three women of distinct body types relaxing on the beach at the Jersey Shore. The Lonely Planet also has a fabulous book, “The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World,” from which I learned all kinds of fun facts.

I love coffee table books. They are visually beautiful, and they provide you with obscure bits of information. If you put some on your coffee table, you will find people in the house will sit down and flip through them. I always had some available for my sons when they were growing up. It started with children’s books; they especially loved the “Eye Witness” series. As they grew, I would provide them with books featuring exotic cars, or sports, music, travel, cooking, building, history, art, zoology, astronomy and photography books. It was a battle to get them to sit down and read a whole book, but I was able to get them to read by leaving beautiful books around for them to browse. I also noticed that when their friends came to our house, they would relax a few minutes on the couch, looking through one of the books on our coffee table.

The Garfield County Library’s collection includes thousands of coffee table books. I love to visit other libraries and just walk the stacks looking for those luscious, oversized books sticking out on the shelves in the nonfiction collections. Taking home a big, heavy coffee table book from the library is not a big commitment. You can leave it around, skim it, and bring it back for another one.

I am amazed more people don’t check them out more often. Don’t be afraid, they are in the collection for you to enjoy. Take one home and it will provide you and your family with a tranquil moment, perusing through the images.

Marilyn Murphy is Gordon Cooper Library branch manager.

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