DIY Crafts & Upcycling

Maybe not really “Green Library” related but I love the idea of reuse and art projects.  Anyone with a Makerspace in your library should really check out these ideas.  Care2 has a great post about upcylcing and art projects that could be fun for any library:

10 DIY Crafts for Old Altoids Tins (oh the miniature zen gardens are a fabulous idea)

25 Ways to Upcycle Old T-Shirts (the t-shirt to yoga pants – awesome!)

24 ways to reuse old sweaters (I think the sweater skirt would be easy enough for me to do)

15 Ways to Reuse Old Pillowcases (I like the pillowcase belt, but I think my cat wants the hammock)

and of course…

20 upcyclying idea for BOOKS from picture frame to a purse to a tablet cover and more… get creative @your library

 

 

 

 

More on libraries and bikes (and donkeys)!

books on bikes

This blog Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space  “focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work” and I recommend following it!  As someone who loves to bike I often am drawn to bike related post. This recent one on “Bike-based library outreach” caught my attention. He has summarized a lot of key bike and library outreach initiatives such as the books on bikes program at Seattle Public Library (see image on right)

Check out more bike/book  initiatives more here!


There are also initiatives in other counties such as this “Biblioburro” program – a teacher and his donkey take books to children in remote farming communities.

Green Book Festival 2012: call for entries

Call for entries!  This annual competition –2012 Green Book Festival –  honors books that contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. Considerations to published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, poetry, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks,animals, photography/art, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), scientific, white
paper, legal, business, mystery and spiritual. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian.

Grand prize  – $1500 and transportation to our May awards in San Francisco OR an equivalent amount donated in your name to the environmental charity of your choice.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

1) The overall writing style and presentation of the work;
2) The potential of the work to enhance understanding of the environment and its
issues;

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at http://www.greenbookfestival.com or may be sent to you by emailing GreenBookFestival@sbcglobal.net.

The Green Book Festival is produced by JM Northern Media LLC, producers of the
Hollywood Book Festival, New York Book Festival and DIY Convention: Do It
Yourself in Film, Music & Books.

art from old books

check out these beautiful art pieces created from discarded books by an Australian artist Kylie Stillman. Kylie carves trees out of old books —  Kind of ironic that trees are used to create books that are now used to create images of tree within them!  Check out more images on  http://1800recycling.com/blog/ or check out Kylie Stillman’s website!

(also check out more about 1800recylcing.com blog, recycling search, or their state by state resources)

Ways to use old books

This web site from Online Colleges lists 80 awesomely,  creative ideas for reusing – instead of just discarding – old books. Ideas are categorize into:  around the house (yoga block or a book safe – cut hole in center), at work/school (pen holder or book shelf), decorating (a lamp or decoupage tabletop), reusing the pages (wrapping paper, mulch, kitty litter), for crafts (make a gift bag or greeting cards), for kids (leaf press or paper mache), for clothing/jewelry  (make a handbag or brooch) and more.

Thanks Alliance Library System’s Going Green Blog for their post that brought this site to my attention!

Green Book Festival

Any authors out there? There is a call for entries for books that “contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.” It’s for the 2010 Green Book Festival which will be held at the  Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA on April 30-May 2, 2010.

The books can be published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, poetry, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening,cookbooks, animals, photography/art, e-books, wild card, scientific, white paper, legal, business, mystery and spiritual and in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian.

Grand Prize winner will be the Green Book Festival Author of the Year and receive $1500 and transportation to the (april 2010) Earth Day celebration in Los Angeles OR an equivalent amount donated in your name to the environmental charity of your choice. More details!

what about a library card?

Go green by going digital! Is it really greener?   Here is a blog post in MotherJones about Kindle ebook reader vs books

Kindle’s lifecycle impact is much less [than a book]: In its first year, it offsets the emissions created by its manufacture, and over its lifecycle, its carbon savings even out to about 370 pounds of CO2, or the equivalent of about 22.5 books per year.

But what if you crave paper books than an ebook format? in this article, they also calculate the cost-savings of using your library instead of buying books and the savings to the environment (and your wallet!) in the process.

Read the Cleanteach Group’s report on how green ebook readers are over print books, magazines and newspapers.

[thanks to MVCC for original post]