We have finally forged our way into the month of April in Rhode Island and I have seen many signs of Spring on the way.
Bulbs are starting to peek through the soil, nice and strong from their Winter’s rest, the robins are out in full force beginning their nest building rituals and buds are starting to appear on those bare tree branches. It is amazing how the seasons change and the environment “springs” to life at the same time each year.
Spring seems like the perfect time to start thinking a bit more about our environment and what we can do to help our little niche of the world, especially with Earth Day right around the corner. The library is a fabulous resource for ideas on how to “go green.”
Many people have heard the term “going green” but what exactly does this mean for us? We know what it means globally, but what people may not realize is each one of us can contribute in our own way to making the world a better place.
Recycling is the easiest place to start. Recycling is simply the process of collecting used materials that would normally be considered waste and reprocessing them into something new. Some of the most common items that can be recycled are paper, plastic, glass, aluminum and batteries.
Instead of all of these materials taking up space in a landfill, when we recycle we are giving them new life in another form, while helping to cut down pollution and save energy. These are all positives for our future and for our children’s futures as well.
Two small things I have been doing for awhile now are taking my own reusable bags to the grocery store and bringing all of my #5 plastic containers to a Whole Foods Market for recycling. Rhode Island does not currently collect #5 plastic containers (yogurt and margarine containers for example) but Whole Foods will take them and recycle them into all kinds of useful household items!
If you are not familiar with how to recycle there is a wonderful resource available from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation on how to do so and what materials are acceptable. You can view it here.
I am proud to be a part of the library’s recycling efforts. All of the employees are dedicated and have taken part in this program. It is wonderful to get your children involved in your recycling endeavors as well. There are many books at the library that explain why it is important and how they can help including:
- Recycling Earth’s Resources by Barbara L. Webb
- Trash and Recycling by Stephanie Turnbull
- Here Comes the Recycling Truck by Meyer Seltzer
- Going Green: A kid’s handbook to saving the planet by John Elkington
There are also many books for adults with tips for greener living, so make a difference in your world this Spring!
In other library news, I have a few book recommendations for this month!
First is one I just read by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. Her knew book "Sing You Home" takes place in our very own state of Rhode Island and tackles such topics as gay marriage, reproductive science and religious issues. I found it to be very thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about RI landmarks. There is also a music CD that goes along chapter by chapter with the book.
One of my coworkers has also recommended two books: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese about twin brothers coming of age in Ethiopia and "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett which is the historical first novel in the Century Trilogy.
Has anyone out there read any great books lately? We would be happy to hear about them!
There are all kinds of fun events going on at the library this month including the ever popular Tuesday movies, an Easter egg hunt, and a Pysanky egg decorating class so be sure and check out narlib.org for the full schedule of events.
Happy Spring from the Narragansett Library!
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