Summer means travel, and travel means getting lost - unless you bring your map with you.
The New Westminster Public Library has hundreds of maps you can borrow for use on your vacations. Whether you're planning a bicycle tour of the Gulf Islands, a quick shopping trip to Washington State to take advantage of the strong loonie, or an exciting world adventure in Hong Kong or Buenos Aires, the library has a map for you.
The map collection is located on the second floor and has recently been reorganized to make it easier to find what you're looking for.
Of course, the library also has numerous travel guides, including the phenomenally popular Lonely Planet, Fodor's, Eyewitness Travel, Insight Guides, Rick Steves and many others.
Also don't forget to pick up your phrase books and dictionaries, if you're going to a non-English-speaking locale. The library carries not only major languages like Arabic, French, Hindi, Spanish and Mandarin, but also Czech, Korean, Thai, Hebrew, Indonesian and many others.
Planning on taking photos? Try Richard l'Anson's handbooks Travel Photography and Urban Travel Photography. Love cooking and eating? Check out Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat around the Globe, put out by National Geographic.
If you're planning a family vacation, the DVD series Travel with Kids gives lots of practical advice and ideas for great holidays that everyone can enjoy.
If you're not getting out of town this summer, you can console yourself with books about other people's travel disasters. Not So Funny When it Happened and Lonely Planet Unpacked Again are two titles that will keep you laughing at travels gone terribly wrong.
Or enjoy someone else's trip on DVD. Author Alexander McCall Smith introduces the place he's written about in his best-selling books in the documentary Botswana: In the Footsteps of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali and other celebrities describe what they love about Spain in Spain - On the Road Again.