Armchair Traveler series goes around the world at Lee library

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

If you want to see Ireland, you don’t have to leave Tupelo.
The Lee County Library is bringing the Emerald Isle to Tupelo via its Armchair Traveler lecture series. Travelers bring back stories, artifacts and photos from their journeys to share at the lectures, which take place every three months at the library.
“The Armchair Traveler series is about bringing different people in who’ve had learning experiences in their travels, and it’s enhanced their lives,” said series coordinator Vicky Manning. “It’s geared more toward the extreme traveler.”
The next lecture features Tupelo writer Mary Jo Tate discussing her recent trip to Ireland.
A bulk of her trip was spent at the Fourth International Mitford Homecoming, four days in County Sligo with novelist Jan Karon, best-selling author of the Mitford series.
Tate and 17 other fans visited Dublin, Cong, Connemara and Dingle Peninsula, called the “most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic.
Through pictures, books, Powerpoint presentations and, of course, the lecture, “people will feel like they’ve been there,” Manning said.
The tone of the talks is laid-back.
“It’s like you’re sitting around and talking to your friends,” she said.
There will also be a question and answer session at each lecture.
The library is also looking for folks who have had an educational or eye-opening travel experience to be lecturers for the Armchair Traveler series.

Check It Out
WHAT: Armchair Traveler series, featuring Mary Jo Tate on her Ireland trip

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21

WHERE: Helen Foster room, Lee County Library, Tupelo

COST: Free
INFO: (662) 841-9027