Be sure to check out the latest American Libraries magazine with two green library articles (A Green Library, A Greener You and Building Science 101) and a showcase of library designs – some of which use sustainable practices.
Prepare for Earth Day! March 24, 2009
Earth day is coming! Start thinking about what your library can do for Earth Day if you haven’t already. Check out the Earth Day Network site for ideas including an organizers guide, earth day in a box, earth day on campus, etc. Be sure to register your event or find other events in your areas on the Earth Day 2009 site. The Nature Conservancy also has some ideas like tree planting and online community to connect with others. Environlink offers some suggestions like pledges and city proclamations. For school librarians, teachers.net and education world have some earth day activities and lesson plans. Wikihow has a concise list of ideas from picking up litter to making bird houses.
Altered Books January 8, 2008
Altered Books - a creative way to reuse discarded books AND provide programming for youth (or adults). There is even an International Society of Altered Books! Try it with old card catalog cards or find other ideas by searching on Flickr.
Story of Stuff Video January 5, 2008
This online 20minute video takes a few minutes to load, but is really inspiring, well-done, and easy to understand. The Story of Stuff: “from its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view.”
Ever thought of switching to greener cleaning products in your library? Common health problems such as asthma have been linked to air pollutants and toxic chemicals (like those in many cleaning products!) To learn more about the effects of toxins, what green cleaning products to use and even get coupons, visit Seventh Generation
Also check out Green Janitorial Products (from OFEE)
Remember: a healthy, clean, non-toxic working environment is also beneficial to your workers = less sick days with headaches, nausea, fatigue and more productive work.
A Past Presentation: “Greening Your Library” January 3, 2008
I presented this topic at the CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries) Conference 2 years ago. Though it’s a few years old, I hope you find some good ides from this “Greening Your Library” presentation (it’s a PDF file if you need to download the free reader)