Monticello library brings back ‘Arm Chair Traveler’ series

Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     It’s been a few years, but the Monticello Public Library is once again bringing back a popular series…

   “Arm Chair Traveler” allows people in the community to hear about far-off places and people’s travels literally without leaving the comfort of their chair.

   The series ran for several years, ending in 2019. Due to travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic, few people were traveling or leaving the United States.

   “People have been able to travel the world once again,” said Monticello Librarian Molli Hunter, who worked on scheduling the various travelers for the series. “This series has always been popular for many reasons; it allows those who might not be capable of venturing at the moment the opportunity to explore something beyond their front door.”

   Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, three couples will share their recent travel experiences throughout several months.

   “There is the personal aspect; we love to hear stories from those we know and are close to,” added Hunter.

   On Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m., Mary and Quinn Phelan will talk about their tour of the tropics.

   In April, come and hear from Connie and Creighton Randolph as they showcase their trip to Ireland and the sights one might not normally see. Hunter said their unique exploration was thanks to family connections.

   Marie and Cesar Escobar, a new couple to Monticello, will share their connections to Peru during the last week of May. The couple lived there for many years.

   “Most of the people I elicit for programs happen to be ones I talk to on a regular basis,” noted Hunter of how she lined up the couples. “Their stories intrigued me, and I feel like others would benefit and enjoy hearing them as well.”

   Hunter said people in Monticello are always willing to step up and help with programming at the library.

   “I’m hoping, like all of the programs we do, that the people will be excited to come for a night of culture, community, and fun!” offered Hunter.

   Aside from Arm Chair Traveler, the Monticello library is working on planning other adult programming in the near future.

   Look for more speakers on two popular series: “Religions of the World” and “Music & Melody.”

   These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are also served.


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