Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

One persons trash is another persons treasure

That saying has never been truer than in this story from over in Turkey. It seems while some people were throwing out books, others were collecting them. The article is entitled “Library Opens in Turkey with Books Collected by Sanitation Workers” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. On top of that, the books are all now in a library. How cool is that!

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Green Librarian

 

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Fire & science

So once again, I have another article that unless you have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you’re going to have to go to your local library to read. It should be in the December 11, 2017 edition.

With wildfires spreading across parts of California on a daily basis, it’s hard not to be saddened by this story. That said, this article is actually about the science involved here. It’s entitled “Hunting the Ventura County Wildfire, Trying to Predict its Next Attack by Erica Phillips over at the Wall Street Journal.

It also reminds me of the book Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philips Connor. The book offers great insight into how we currently handle wildfires. Definitely, food for thought in regards to the wildfires in California and elsewhere.

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Green Librarian

 

 

Old black fly

When I read tonight’s article, entitled “In Praise of Flies ” by James Gorman over at the New York Times, it reminded me of a book that my kids loved back in the day entitled Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth.

Unfortunately the fly in the book doesn’t get the praise that flies in general get from Dr. McAlister either in the article or in her book The Secret Life of Flies. I must say however, I learned more about flies that I ever thought possible, from this article.

The article is  definitely a good read and since the library doesn’t own the book, I’m going to have to request it. I’ll let you know when I get it.

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Green Librarian

Walden pond

So I just went to my bookshelves and found my copy of Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. If I remember right, I read it on an airplane going to Paris, I think.

So when I came across this article on a documentary entitled Walden, it was an article I had to read. The article is entitled “‘Walden’ Embraces Thoreau’s Message” by Starre Vartan over at the Mother Nature Network.

Now I just need to watch the video and reread the book. The question is, where should I take a plane ride?

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Green Librarian

Thoreau

So tonight I have another post about Thoreau and his 200th birthday but unfortunately it’s over at the Wall Street Journal, so unless you have an online account with the Wall Street Journal, it can be found at your local library in the July 15-16 weekend edition.

The article is entitled “Thoreau at 200” by Randall Fuller over at the Wall Street Journal. It’s definitely worth the time to read. If not, you can go back to my earlier post entitled In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Or you can just go read Thoreau’s book Walden. Anyway you look at it, you can’t lose.

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Green Librarian

In wildness is the preservation of the world

So I’ll admit it, I didn’t know that July 12, 2017 is the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau but like so much of my life these days, I seem to stumble upon what I need, when I need it.

This article, entitled “Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond ” by Douglas Brinkley over at the New York Times is what I ran into today. Happy (belated) Birthday Henry! I think it’s time to take a walk.

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Green Librarian

 

Wildfires

I must admit over the years of writing I’ve always been fascinated with wildfires. What they do in the sense of death and re-birth to the land. I think the first book I read on wildfires was Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Conners.

Tonight I have two more articles on the topic. They are entitled “How a Wildfire Kicked Up a 45,000-foot Column of Flames ” by Kyle Dickman over at Popular Science and “Great Plains Wildfires Used to be Rare. Not Anymore” by John Upton at The Grist. The reality is that they are becoming more the norm.

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Green Librarian