Green Libraries @ ALA connect

The ALA’s Task Force on the Environment or TFOE, states its  mission to  “Promotes awareness of environmental issues within ALA; addresses information exchange on the world environment; and provides services, programs and publications that assist librarians with environmental issues in the workplace and in local communities. Join the green community online at ALA Connect to meet up and share ideas with other green minded librarians!

Community Gardens

A great resource for you and your patrons: search for a community garden near you. This web site is maintained by the American Community Gardening Association who’s mission  is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. The site also offers some resources on gardening to purchase, a how to start a community garden, and as section on action items you can take.

Green Events this Fall

FREE Events in various cities:

GreenFest Philly
WHERE: 2nd & South Streets
WHEN: September 7th, 11am to 6pm

Colorado Springs Green Fair
WHERE: City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St
WHEN: September 16, 7am to 2pm

Boston Greenfest 2008
WHERE: City Hall Plaza
WHEN: September 26-27

Green Festival Washington DC
WHERE: Washington D.C. Convention Center
WHEN: November 8 & 9

Green Festival San Francisco
WHEN: November 14-16
WHERE: San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center

Other events/exhibits that cost:

National Building Museum (DC)
(see also Greenstrides post on exhibits)

Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

Boston Children’s Museum (new green museum!)

The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA)

Libraries & the Local Famer’s Market?

While I was at the local farmer’s market this Saturday morning, enjoying such things as the seasonable fruit & veggies, homemade breads & pastries, beautiful flowers, I thought of how the library could be involved in such a wonderful, “green,” community event.  If bringing a load of books (on gardening, healthy living, organic lifestyles, etc. )for people to check out on the spot is too much to to lug, what about a table selling your cloth library bags? Now people at the market can use their personal cloth bag and be supporting the library at the same time. I’m sure there are libraries already involved in this type of activity and other great ideas you might have to become involved so please share.