Zen Pig Books – mindfulness for kids!

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.24.14 AMZen Pig, by Mark and Amy Lynn Brown—  a children’s book series written and illustrated by a husband and wife team from Nashville, TN, designed to nurture the seeds of gratitude, mindfulness and love in young children. Each book sold gives 10 people clean water for 1 year through Mocha Club. A great series for all sustainable librarians to buy!

Visit Www.zenpigbook.com for more info & to shop for the books.




Sustainable Themed Film ideas

I have updated my Sustainable Themed Film page on this blog to include films we have shown the last few years on campus through our Sustainable Film and Discussion series.  We have offered a variety of themes from gardening (Truck Farm, Dirt, The Garden…)  to environmental issues related to energy sources (The Last Mountain, carbon nation, crude…) and many other themes and topics. I cannot recommend any one film over another as they all tell various sustainability themed stories and information that hopefully inspires action.  Perhaps these films will give you ideas for hosting film and discussion night or series at your library!  Feel free to comment and share other worthwhile films on the theme.

Seed Bank Libraries

SeedLibrary2311A great piece on NPR recently on   How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank where  a partnership between the Basalt Public Library (CO) and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute have created this wonderful seed bank.

There are a few other seed bank libraries as well: A past blog post from July 2010 on Richmond (CA) seed lending library.  Rebecca has a blog  – www.richmondgrows.org –  on creating your own seed lending library and San Fran now has two branches lending seeds!

Other libraries like Fairfield Woods Branch have a seed to seed series;  Alameda Free Library also offers similar service;  and East Palo Alto Seed Library has started a seed lending library partnership with Collective Roots.

If you know of more libraries with seed lending services or banks, please comment or email me! 


3/5/13 Thanks alaskadragonfly for this awesome list of Seed Lending Libraries!!

A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist

Looking for a tool to help your institution with ideas and methods for promoting more environmentally sustainable environment? Madeleine Charney, librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst,  created this Take Action Checklist. It has got an academic angle but could be applied for other types of libraries as well.   Use it  to reflect on your institution’s involvement in the sustainability movement and determine  else  you can do to bring the voice and resources of your library to the table. As Charney says librarians are “adept at gathering, synthesizing and disseminating information. We are born organizers!”   This document also includes resources for librarians to support this process such as through listserv, webinars,and  reading materials.

Youth Sustainability Video Contest!

Calling America’s Youth – submit a video on what you doing to foster sustainable communities –  due June 1!   The Obama Administration invites video submissions from America’s youth  in the areas of economy, education, energy and environment, health, and science and technology. Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of Administration officials and featured at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Winners also will be invited to the White House for a special event on sustainability leadership!

Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12

For those who attended live or missed the session, the Libraries for Sustainability: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar was recorded!

Contact facilitators & presenters:

  • Madeleine Charney – mcharney@library.umass.edu
  • Bonnie Smith – bonniesmith@ufl.edu
  • Beth Filar Williams – greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com
  • Kathryn Miller – kjmiller@argosy.edu
  • Marianne Buehler – Marianne.Buehler@unlv.edu
  • Laura Barnes – l-barnes@illinois.edu
  • Mandy Henk – amandahenk@depauw.edu

Next Webinar: June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual and options for future collaboration in various organizations

Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12!

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 presents:  Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries – April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)

Please join us for the second webinar in this four-part series.

There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas.   This webinar will be similar to a lightning round-up as librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts share their experiences and provide time for questions. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.

SIGN UP NOW!   (http://bit.ly/HbV7vq)

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com


If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series – Call to Action and Collaboration – here is the webinar recording:


and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration