Join Reference Librarian Jeff Klapes, ‘The Traveling Librarian’ for another armchair traveler’s journey.

On Tuesday, April 3, we’ll go to the island territory of Puerto Rico, still recovering from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, which caused $95 billion in damage and left most of the island’s population without power or safe water. Six months later, many are still suffering the storms’ effects, and the economy has been severely affected. Nonetheless, Puerto Rico is a fascinating and vibrant place – part of America and heavily influenced by its culture and economy, but still very much independent in spirit, in language and its own traditional culture. I’ll be taking you on a journey through the much touristed historic capital of old San Juan, but also around the island to many interesting and beautiful locations that are off the beaten track for most visitors. We’ll visit the mountainous and isolated interior, hike the island’s many rain forest reserves, see the sunny southern coast and its charming main city, Ponce, and also the Arecibo radio telescope, the largest of its kind in the world.

On Saturday, May 5, at 2:00 pm, as part of Mass ArtWeek’s activities, Jeff will present a special program on how to improve your own travel photography. Rather than visiting a specific destination, he’ll be sharing some of his own favorite shots from around the world, and I’ll talk about lighting, composition, detail, color, and landscapes so you can learn how to make the most of your travel experiences and turn them into artistic memories.

Sign up for these programs at the links below.

Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 pm – Puerto RicoSign up online.

Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 pm – Improve Your Travel PhotographySign up online.