Archive for the ‘Libraries’ Category

Tree library

So as someone who just recently had a tree taken down but not necessarily by choice, I really wished I’d had come across this article a little bit earlier because had I, well, who knows what I might have done.

The article I’m posting today is entitled “Woman honors 110-year-old tree by turning it into a magical library” by  over at Treehugger. I mean after all, what else would a librarian do with a beautiful tree?

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Nature & dictionaries

So the article I’m posting tonight is one I came across in a local newspaper recently here called Healthy Planet. After doing a bit of research however, like most librarian’s do, turns out this story actually is from 2015. The article here is entitled “A is for Acorn, Not Analog – Nature Words Gone From a Dictionary” by Linda Wiggen Kraft.

While my kids are older now, nature was one of the first things I introduced them to. The other night in fact, I was talking with my mom about how I use to take them on Owl Prowl’s, Amphibian Nights and other assorted adventures through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s and their Conservation Connections Newsletter.

So because of that and for my kids, I feel inspired to try and help make a difference in my own small way. Here’s a link to the contact page for Oxford University Press. I’ve already e-mailed them to let them know I am disappointed in learning this and will no long use or recommend their dictionaries in the future, either as a parent or librarian.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

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!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Parks in libraries and archives?

As both a librarian and an environmentalist, I found this article over at the blog for the Society of American Archivists’ Records Management Roundtable very intriguing. The article is entitled “How do you preserve a Park in a Library or Archives?” It sounds like fun to me.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Nature (and libraries)

As someone who has tried to introduce nature into my kids lives whenever I’m given the opportunity, both as a parent and as the green librarian, these couple of articles hit very close to home today.

The first one hit really close to my childhood, especially when thinking about how different my kids childhoods have been. When I was a kid, we frequently would go to our nearby woods whenever we were given the chance and always stayed out until it was getting dark.

My kids unfortunately haven’t really had that chance. What we’ve done instead is visit our local parks and each summer headed north to our cabin in Minnesota while always stopping by the headwaters of the Mississippi river. This article brought back all of my memories of that cabin.

The article is entitled “Do you carry a special outdoor place in your heart?” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger. The best part is that while I have my memories of that place, the kids are building their own memories in the same place. Good stuff!

The other article, hits close to home in regards to my profession, as well as nature. It’s entitled “WELCOME TO THE NATURAL LIBRARY: The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities” by Richard Louv over at the Children and Nature Network. After all, this is the green librarian blog. Check it out!

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Libraries around the world

Here’s a follow up to the mini library post from the other day about Little Free Libraries. Check out what they’re doing in Berlin over at Inhabitat. The article is “Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks into a Free Book Exchange!” by Lori Zimmer.

Page by page!

 

Green Librarian

Libraries

Now I would be remiss if I passed up a story on what are known as Little Free Libraries , especially with one opening in my own hometown of Kirkwood, Missouri. The story is over at the Webster-Kirkwood Times by Joe Weber and is entitled “Little Free Libraries Help Promote Literacy“.

I also saw this article the other day on the Little Free Library movement, “Promoting a Culture of Sharing: Free Mini Public Libraries” by Rhonda Winter at Ecolocalizer.

Finally, here’s a link to the Little Free Libraries homepage to see if there is one in your area.

Read on!

Green Librarian

Time to talk about libraries

This is a topic that up till now, I don’t think I’ve covered. Well, all good things must come to an end.

Here’s a place that sounds like a great place to work. The article is entitled “The Aquarium: The Eccentric, Wonderful Environmental Library is Open” at The Daily Green.

The other article is how one library is doing something totally green in “Kill-A-Watt Meters  Available at Ottawa’s Public Library” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Monday Monday

Today’s post is a mixed-bag to say the least. Speaking of bags, I left a couple of bags stories out. The first comes from Nordstroms in “Nordstrom Bags It” from ENN.

The next comes from Treehugger entitled “Best Use of Plastic Bags” by Bonnie Alter. It’s a story about a lady who  makes new bags from old plastic bags (mostly while traveling on the London Underground).  Check it out.

This article is one that is near and dear to my heart, the EPA Libraries. Yes, they are finally re-opening. The only question that remains is what resources will they have? Rumor has it that when they started shutting them down, they discarded a lot. The article is “EPA Libraries Reopening” by H. Josef Hebert at the A.P.  Here’s a link to the story at USA Today.

Here’s an article updating the lastest on Bees. I wrote something a few months ago how citizens could help out and now here’s an article with an update a year later. “The Weather’s Better, But ‘Bout the Bees”? over at the Daily Green.

Now an update on a post I placed last week about going paperless and the article “Clicking, At Last, on Don’t Print” by Lisa Belkin at the NY Times (See my Earth Hour and Save the Trees”). I will admit I haven’t been 100% sucessful, but I am now only copying and pasting articles more now and have printed up very few. I think I’m on my way. Here’s to going all the way!

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Greening Libraries

I forgot to post these two article that I’ve come across the last couple of months in Library Journal. The first is the Editorial “Seeing Green” by Francine Fialkoff in the January issue and “BackTalk: Go Green!” in the February issue.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian