Green Christmas Art Projects

Fun ideas to do with youth in your library or school (or at home)!

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Check out these wreath ideas from sustainablog:
use old neckties, corks or greeting cards to create a wreath….

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… turn your old CDs (who uses CDs anymore?) by upcycling into ornaments, a great idea from Natalie on Creme de la Craft blog. Natlie also has lots of other great ideas for reuse like making your own card holder from Altoid containers and cool necklaces from pistachios shells.

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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!

Teens and Tweens Go Green: Art-based and Eco-friendly Programs for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, January 29 to February 25, 2013

Teens and pre-teens appreciate and celebrate the environment. You can support their interests by involving them in hands-on programs with environmentally responsible themes. This course will bring the fun back into your programming! You will learn to:

· Rethink “art” and look at everyday objects in new ways

· Discover methods and materials for reusing, recycling, and repurposing

· Demonstrate and teach art skills

· Plan programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly

Course Description: In this four-week online course you will find resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately to library programming for teens and pre-teens. You will be encouraged to develop and share photos of hands-on projects with nature or environmental themes, as well as plans for programs and events that are art-based and eco-friendly. No previous art background or experience is required; this course is for all art ability levels. During the fourth week, there will be an online meeting for demonstrating and discussing specific projects and programs. The instructor has years of experience in developing and teaching library art programs and will help you develop a portfolio of ideas and projects for future program planning.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

REGISTER! 

GreenMyParents

GreenMyParents, a national program launched on Earth Day 2010, created by youth to help families collaborate on building a greener America and for young people to teach their peers how to work together to help the economy, earn money at home, and save the planet through simple, everyday actions.  GreenMyParents works with dozens of great organizations including National Wildlife Federation,  Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program, Carbonfund.org, etc.

There is also a book called Green My Parents.

Follow GreenMyParents on facebook, twitter, or  subscribe to their feed.

GreenMyParents has joined forces with  the American Library Association in its effort to rebuild the Petit Goave Public Library in Haiti, which was destroyed by the earthquake last January. Read More.

green resources for kids

With school year beginning, here are some great resources, websites, and groups for your school, kids, teachers, and librarians to use and promote: