I just saw this article in Lifehacker and I love it! Recycling the old for the new.
- find an old book whose cover you like
- make sure it is the right thickness to be a cover for your tablet (don’t forget to include the added thickness of the Sugru… see next bullet)
- get some Sugru (moldable silicone that can fix or improve just about anything)
- cut the pages from the book but do not damage the spine (use Sugru to help reinforce the spine)
- recycle the book pages or try an art project with them (example, example, example…)
- lay your tablet in the book and pencil the four corners
- stick the Sugru bits on the marked corners and place your tablet - wrapped in cling wrap! – between them.
- pull them down slightly to make hooks and leave 24 hours to dry
- after 24 hours, remove tablet, take off cling wrap, and replace tablet in the hooks
Need a visual? Check out the step-by-step photos from instructables on how to do this recycled book cover tablet case!
also check out for fun how binder clips can be reused for so many things!
22nd Environmental Film Festival!
March 18-30, 2014
Theme : Our Cities, Our Planet “examine the challenges posed by Earth’s urban environments and the efforts of the world’s cities to balance environmental and economic needs.”
submit your film, volunteer, support or watch!
*Watch the previous 20 festival films streaming FREE on their online portal! This is available through a partnership with SnagFilms.com and covers topics such as climate change, renewable energy, organic farming and more.
For a recent sustainable film and discussion series event we showed Revolution. The quick synopsis on their website summarizes it as: Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself.
It was exciting to see a pretty packed house with many students in attendance (many are required to attend from a course or get extra credit for attending) as this powerful film does include a theme of the youth of today rising up, being empowered, and attempting to make a difference. Sadly when our film showing ended and we held the short post film discussion, we were left with only about 2 dozen people mainly over the age of 40. But perhaps the students, in their own way, were inspired by the amazing scenes of nature below the water and around the globe. Films can truly move us emotionally as spiritual creatures, more often than facts can. The aesthetics, sounds, and visuals in this film really appeal to our senses, not just our rational minds. Most of our post-film discussion take-aways were about being embarrassed to be human on this planet, how there are too many of us (greedy/self adsorbed/ignorant) humans on the planet, and how wrong it is that so many people believe we (humans) are the reason for earth being here – instead of how we must live in harmony as one of many dwelling on this planet. We protect what we know. Is technology keeping us inside and/or glued to a screen with little connection to the world around us that we need to survive? How can we reconnect with nature?
This film is worth a showing AND a discussion in your community or your campus. Check out the educator’s guide for pre-viewing prompts, post-viewing activities and other teacher resources.
SustainRT Virtual Discussion
Free; Open to the whole library community
Dec. 11, 2013
12:00-1:00 pm (EST)
The discussion will be recorded and available later to those who register.
Help shape the future of SustainRT, ALA’s new sustainability round table.
The objectives of this open meeting are to:
1) Provide a brief history and status update of SustainRT including upcoming nominations for officers
2) Capture your input, needs, and vision to help shape the future of SustainRT (the mission of which is “to exchange ideas and opportunities and provide resources for the library community to support sustainability.”)
3) Provide a venue for meeting virtually to continue our important networking and dialogue.
From the SustainRT Steering Committee:
Rebekkah Aldrich, Jonathan Betz-Zall, Madeleine Charney, Mara Egherman,Beth Filar Williams, Elaine Harger, Ashley Jones, Carrie Moran, Leighann Wood, Bonnie Smith
For more information, contact Ashley Jones email@example.com
Just read the news on the first seed lending library in Minnesota at Duluth Public Library voted by the Duluth City Council in August 2012. The program was developed through an initial partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Future and now includes the St. Louis County Extension Master Gardeners and the Duluth Community Garden Program. The goal like many seed lending libraries is to develop regionally adapted seed stock and patrons can them come and pick up seed. There will also be an educational component with classes and seminars and of course books and resources to help gardeners (read more in their FAQs).
There are over 60 seed lending libraries in the US now. Check out this map of seed library locations and this seed lending social network.
Valeria Colston is offering another fabulous online workshop ”Tweens and Teens Go Green! Art Programming Ideas Online Workshop.” Attending will help you ”build a portfolio of ideas for creating innovative green art projects and programming.” Many Tweens and Teens are already green and have an appreciation and sensitivity to going green. This workshops will give you an opportunity to offer and share some fun and educational art projects and programming
Details: 4 weeks/12 hour, online, with illustrated lecture, discussion board topics, and class assignments
Cost: $59.00 (Library Invoices accepted)
Deadline: Sign up by November 1, 2013.
Instructor: Valerie Colston, M.A., author and art professor with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs in libraries in San Diego, California and author of Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for Young Adult Programming Libraries Unlimited Dec. 2012 and 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
from the ACRL insider….
Check out this new ebook from ACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) - The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED-AP professionals and librarians. This ebook includes information, standards, and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process. It is available for purchase in a variety of e-book formats through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and through EBSCO for library e-book collections.