Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Leaves & your lawn

So I’ve never been one to rake all the leaves up in my lawn. In fact, I usually just compost some of them and rake the rest into my flower beds. This article, entitled “A very important reason not to rake the leaves on your lawn” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger just helps me justify even more what I’m already doing.

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Green Librarian

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Quiet in nature

So this was an interesting article tonight, so much so that it got me to thinking. When I’m out in nature do I listen to see if it’s really quiet? The article I read yesterday is entitled “Seeking America’s Quietest Spots: The Quest for Silence in a Loud World” by Jess Bidgood over at the New York Times.

I guess the next time I’m out, I will definitely listen.

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Green Librarian

Green space

As someone who grew up with a lot of green space as a kid, who use to play in the woods and stay outdoor every night until my mom called me in, it’s nice to see a city taking back some green space and a school yard is a great place to start. Add to the fact that Paris is one of my favorite European cities, it’s a very cool story.

So tonight’s article is entitled “Green Space in Every Schoolyard: The Radical Plan to Cool Paris” over at The Guardian. With a week full of parental school work now over, hopefully I will get back into my usual blogging routine next week. I might try and post again this weekend. We’ll see.

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Green Librarian

Trapper’s daughter

So tonight’s post is all about wood engraving artwork, nature and a character named the Trapper’s Daughter. It’s actually an article that when I came across (and I can’t remember where I found it), I realized that I’ve been to their shop up in Duluth.

The story, or article, is entitled “A Not-so-Brief History of the Trapper’s Daughter” by Marian over at Ken Speckle Letter Press. If you ever get up to Duluth, I highly recommend visiting their shop. Until then, visit their website and enjoy the amazing art work. It’s well worth your time.

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Green Librarian

Nature in pictures

As someone who has only recently begun to focus on taking pictures of nature and all it holds, I really enjoyed this article entitled “The Magic of the Microscopic World” by Michael D. Lemonick over at Scientific American. As a photographer, I love see the details in nature. Sometimes they are simply amazing.

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Green Librarian

 

One is the loneliest number

At least according to the band Three Dog Night but in this case it’s a lonely Sitka Spruce tree on Campbell Island, 400 hundred miles south of New Zealand. For scientist, it’s a prime example of what humans have done to the environment.

The article is entitled “Does the World’s ‘Loneliest’ Tree Mark the Start of a New Epoch” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network. So far, it looks like only time will tell and that is very unfortunate.

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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.

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Green Librarian