Making Summer Memories
Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean that the fun – and memory-making activities – have to end too. Fauquier County Public Library has plenty of tantalizing titles to inspire fun times and make warm summer memories.
The Beachcomber’s Companion: An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures by Anna Marlis Burgard
If you’re hunting for treasures along the shore, take along this guide, which includes best practices for collecting and cleaning seashells.
The Campfire Cookbook: 80 Imaginative Recipes for Cooking Outdoors by Viola Lex
If you want to go beyond hot dogs, this enticing cookbook might liven up your camping recipes.
Let’s Get Tropical: More Than 60 Cocktail Recipes From Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks by Georgi Radev
Want to kick up your bartending skills a notch? Try these twists on classic drinks, and get ideas for fun presentations.
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas
Planning to do some stargazing on a summer night? Perfect for novices and advanced skywatchers, this includes star charts, how to find Mars, and explanations for phenomena such as black holes, eclipses, and supernova.
The Sea: Stories, Trivia, Crafts, and Recipes Inspired by the World’s Best Shorelines, Beaches, and Oceans by Isobel Carlson
Get inspirations for your next sea(side) voyage with this guide to all things maritime, from facts about sea creatures, seafood recipes, and ideas for sea-inspired crafts.
Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family by Shannon Philpott-Sanders
In search of simple activities and games that won’t break your budget? This has tons of activities, from craft shoe box trains, cooking “sun snacks,” making mini greenhouses, and more. The Wild Year Book: Things to Do Outdoors Through the Seasons by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield offer even more ideas for outdoor play.
S’mores! Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic by Dan Whalen
Even if you think it’s hard to improve upon the classic S’mores recipe, you might be tempted to try out these ideas, including Salted Caramel S’mores, Nutella S’mores, Grilled Peach Basil S’mores, and even “Elvis” S’mores.
Taste of Home Frosty Treats & More: 201 Cool Ideas for Icy Sweets edited by Catherine Cassidy: If a frozen treat is more your style, check out this handy cookbook filled with recipes for Popsicle, sundaes, cold drinks, and more. Sarah Bond’s For the Love of Popsicles: Naturally Delicious Icy Sweet Summer Treats From A-Z provides more ways to beat the summer heat, including “hidden veggie” treats, pie-inspired Popsicle, and even treats strictly for adults.
A Year of Picnics: Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors by Ashley English: Outdoor concerts, shaded community parks, and sports events call for packing tasty and filling picnics. Whether you’re including a crowd of children, hungry tailgaters, or if it’s just you and your sweetie, this gorgeous book will elevate your outing beyond boring casseroles and ham sandwiches.
Jennifer Schultz-Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library