Have you ever wanted to take up a new winter sport? How about joining a book club to pass those long winter evenings? For all those avid bakers out there, maybe there’s a new recipe you want to try. Or how about reading that one book you always kept putting aside? Next to your shovel, your library card can become a wonderful tool to help you equip for the winter ahead.
Whether downhill or cross-country, skiing is a great way to get active and appreciate the fineness of the winter season. The essential guide to skiing: 201 things every skier must know is a useful guide for the novice or experienced skier to begin or improve their technique out on the hills. For kids, why not try Ski games: a fun filled approach to teaching Nordic andalpine skills. This great resource for the young skier is sure to make their first experience memorable.
For all the wannabe snowboarders wanting to avoid the bruises of the early days of snowboarding, Carve itsnowboarding is the expert guide that breaks down the process of becoming a great snowboarder. The author includes discussion on equipment and gear as well as proper board maintenance. For the seasoned boarder looking to make the most out of their experience, Snowboarding to Nirvana is an insightful and funny read that examines a snowboarder’s journey to combine snowboarding with enlightenment and discovery.
If you are looking to spend even more time outdoors, there is no better way than camping in the wintertime. Thewinter camping handbook: Wilderness travel and adventure in the cold-weathermonths is a must read to prepare you for your journey in the wilderness.
However after spending time outside, we all start to crave the warmth of a fire or of a hot drink. Looking to spice up your run of the mill hot chocolate recipe, check out A cozy book ofwinter drinks: rich and delicious recipes to keep you warm. Just the title alone is sure to entice. Tea lovers are sure to read The tea enthusiast'shandbook: a guide to enjoying the world's best teas. This charming book on the ubiquitous beverage is a must for people who appreciate tea and are looking to expand their tea tasting experiences.
To top it off, what is better than relaxing in front of a fire with a hot drink and a new book? How about Leo Tolstoy’s AnnaKarenina, the story of a doomed love affair between two young people and the hypocrisy that one woman must face in nineteenth century Russia. In similar grand fashion, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is the universal exploration of love, death, redemption, the frailty and perseverance of the human spirit. On the other end of the literary spectrum (and lighter fare), read J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, where the reader is immersed in the fantastical world of middle.
If any of these titles have grasped your interest be sure to come check them out at the Thunder Bay Public Library. Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying the pleasures this winter season.