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Take a library trip to Ireland or Cuba!

Do the dropping temperatures make you itch to get away for awhile? And what would be better than a trip to an interesting location with fellow library colleagues? Even if you can’t go on either of these trips, it’s great to know these opportunities are available!

If you’ve ever thought about going to Ireland, this is your chance! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is a division of ALA and “is the premier destination for members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives, library networks and library consultants among others.” ASCLA is traveling to Ireland May 10th – 17th 2018 and the itinerary looks amazing. You’ll get to visit several different cities, take a literary city walk, go on a writer’s museum tour, visit famous landmarks and even spend a night in a castle! Find more info here.

This next trip is one you may have to enjoy from afar, since the deadline to register was Oct. 20th. Still, it looks like a great opportunity! ALA will be sponsoring a trip to Cuba on March 3rd – 10th 2018. This is a study tour put together especially for U.S. librarians, and of course this itinerary looks incredible too. You’ll get to visit the Provincial Library in Old Havana to learn about Cuba’s library system, tour fortresses and museums, visit publishing houses, and meet members of the Cuban Association of Librarians. If you’ve already signed up for this trip, please send CMLE photos of your adventure!

Have you ever gone on a library sponsored trip? Share your experience in the comments (pictures welcome!)





100 Books Across America

Maybe you took a road trip around the country this summer, or wish you had! Either way, this book list will help you get a feel for each state. The list contains one fiction and one non-fiction book set in (or about) each state in the U.S. and also includes the most famous book set in each state. This is from an article on LitHub and you can read the full list here! Here are a few samples:


North Dakota:



Travel to Cuba with the LAII and LACC for a “A Revolutionary Perspective on Education”

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July 14-23, 2017
“The LAII and LACC are pleased to announce a special international program designed specifically for educators: “Cuba: A Revolutionary Perspective on Education.”  We are offering a special rate to educators, which makes this one of the least expensive programs to Cuba offered anywhere in the country. Moreover, as Cuba becomes a more accessible tourist destination, we expect that in-country expenses will only continue to increase – which means that this may be one of the least expensive programs for years to come!
We are subsidizing the costs of this program because we are committed to fostering international awareness among educators and providing them with the resources they need to bring international awareness into their classrooms.
Lastly, we ask for your help in spreading the news about this program! Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues.
Join Florida International University and The University of New Mexico for a 9-day trip to Cuba in which we’ll focus on educational practice and philosophy on the island. We’ll visit museums with stunning collections, meet with grassroots organizations working on literacy, environmental science, and the humanities, interact with k-12 teachers and administrators, tour university campuses and meet with professors, and dialogue with community members about the role of society and culture in education.

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CMLE Geocaching Travel Bugs are on the move!

One of our travel bugs has had an adventure, and was left in a geocache in the Myrtle Beach State Park!

Wanting to escape the Minnesota winters, it landed in this beautiful park. The cache gets a lot of traffic, as it is located in a very busy visitors center on the beach. There is a long pier into the ocean, filled with people fishing. They have a boardwalk to escort people through the dunes area, and several hiking trails through the Carolina pine woods. It is a lovely area!

The Library Travel Bug has already been picked up from this location, and is hopefully headed to some other great location!! We will keep you updated on its progress, as well as the progress of our other Travel Bugs!

Traveling? Stay at a book-friendly hotel!

You love books. I love books. Heck – we have a whole profession designed to give people books!

So there is no need to give up your books when you travel – stay at a book-friendly hotel!

  • Looking at a local vacation experience? Head to Minneapolis to find the Commons Hotel! How does a Book Butler in your hotel room sound? if it sounds fun to you, you might also like their other “geek chic” offerings: “This industrial schoolhouse chic property embodies a sense of inner geek in a chic setting, embracing diversity through the common desire to discover, with an uncommon experience. Explorers satisfy the whims of their inner geek with a Book Butler, in-room art galleries, alchemist mixology lessons and Sudoku sleep-ins.”

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