November 23, 2007

Yule be Green

Environmentally Friendly Holiday Ideas

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April 23, 2007

Earth Day Celebrated

On Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 1 p.m. the culminating activity of the library's "From Red to Green" event occured. The library was joined by a crowd of Earth-Loving enthusiasts who had shared their planet saving ideas during the month long, conscienceness raising, program. The weather couldn't have been better as the day's program included planting a tree, sharing ideas and refreshments.
You may look for the new tree, a Princess Diana Service Berry, below the Gazebo and to the right of the big evergreen tree. Photos of the day will be posted in the near future.

April 22, 2007

Books About Our Wonderful World!

Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green
A River Ran Wild : An Environmental History
by Lynne Cherry
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Anthology for the Earth by Judy Allen
Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) by Stan Berenstain
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by A. Verma
Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
Hey! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham
Just A Dream by Chris VanAllsburg
Nature's Green Umbrella:
Tropical Rain Forests
by Gail Gibbons
Marshes & Swamps by Gail Gibbons
Maxine's Tree by Diane Haskell-Leger
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Oil Spill by Melvin Berger
Once There Was A Tree by Natalia Romanova
One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George
One Day in the Prairie by Jean Craighead George
One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest by Jean Craighead George
One Day in the Woods by Jean Craighead George
One Light, One Sun by Raffi
Prince William by Gloria Rand
Recycle : A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry
The Bear Who Wanted to be a Bear by Jorg Steiner
The Earth is Good by Michael DeMunn
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Great Kapok Tree:
A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
The Lorax by Dr. Suess
The People Who Hugged the Trees by Deborah Rose
The Shaman's Apprentice:
A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry
The Sign of the Seahorse :
A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
by Graeme Base
The Small, Small, Pond by Denise Fleming
The Wartville Wizard by Don Madden
Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming
Wump World by Bill Peet

Green Ideas from our hearts!

From the patrons of Hopewell Public Library and from other select resourses, this is a compilation of Green Ideas that we hope you'll pledge to try and change in your life. We encourage you to sign they "Pledge to Change" simply by commenting on this blog; forward the link to your family and friends so they can make the committment too!

Ideas from HPL Patrons

*Recycle lpaper and plastic, use compact florescent bulbs, drive a compact car with good gas milage, lower thermostat in winter, raise in summer. Judy Livingston
*Compost leaves and fruit and vegetable waste, support open space and other environmental organizations. Betty and David McGrail
*Compost yard waste for soil. Sylvia Koeses
*Drive a hybrid, keep heat tured down, well insulate your home. Doug Lansing
*Don't overbuy consumer goods. Alicia
*Recycle paper. Victoria
*Don't overfish. Jimmy
*Recycle, buy organic food, and SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT! Katie Leigh Cirianni-Jones
*Buy dry good in bulk, bring reusable containers from home to the store. Rachel Mackow
*Change light bulbs, timers and photo cells on outside lights, solar outdoor lights, rechargable batteries, recycle. Ken Perrin
*Wash laundry in cold water, use cloth napkins, do not run water while brushing teeth. Elaine Lesnever
*Using a bow saw I cut wood for the fireplace. Patricia Reilly
*Turn off lights. Ruby
*When warming up the shower/sink, collect the water in bottles and use to water your plants or to pre-rinse dishes. Alyse Greenberg
*Walk instead of driving. The Poole Family
*Take plastics of of paper envelopes and tissue boxes before recycling. Katrin Bernewitz
*Do not use paper towels, reuse boxes and wrapping paper. Recycle. Elaine Lesnever
*Recycle everything, reuse bags, use cloth napkins, take re-useable bags to the grocery store, buy organic and local. Turn off lights, hang clothes to dry; aids to moisture in the home during dry winter months, hang outdoors in the warmer weather-clothes smell great and energy/CO2 emission savings! Close curtains in the evening to keep heat in and open on sunny days to boost the warmth in the winter. Don't use chemicals on our lawn.
*lawn and mowing by planting native shrubs with edible fruits-maybe the birds and foxes will leave me some! Rachel Mackow
*We walk when we can. Elena Bernewitz
*Plant flowers and trees, conserve energy. Deb Stuhler
*Eliminate/Stop Junk Mail. Arnold Lesnever
*I never throw my garbage on the floor. Ethan Anderson
*Put solar panels on your roof. Linda Wood
*Turn your lights out when your not in the room. Hannah Lugat
*Shop second hand, it's fun and saves money too. Hopewell has great rummage sales. Linda Wood.
*Use foorescent bulbs and recycle. Charlie McMahon
*Compost. Emma Kruger
*Never buy stuff like paper, too much. Emma Waltman
*Pick up trash on the side of the road. Gianni Vecchiarelli
*Recycle Paper. Victoria
*Use both sides of paper. Ruby
*Compost. Joe
*I recycle and reuse whenvery possible. Kelly
*Recycle, use green cleaning products, be a part of green ecologically sound office buildings. Martha
*Divert part of your electric usage from PSE&G to "green" electric products such as wind and small hydro companies (Green Mountain Co.) Saves lots of CO2 from going into the air! Barbara and Phillip Orr
*take cover off greeting cards and use it to make your days' list of things to do. Post cards too!
They are pretty and you won't easily loose you list.
*I use less water and have a garden.
*Turn off my lights. Michaela P.
*We water our plants, recycle, pick-up trash, Clean up the D&R Canal, research hybrid cars. The Anzano Family
*Turn off lights when not needed. Liam
*I help by not littering. Melee
*Not throwing trash on the ground. Maia
*Say something or lead by example, be obvious in the choices your making. i.e. take your own cup to the local coffee shop.
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Here's some interesting information...
This is how long it takes garbage to break down:
plastics take 500 years
aluminum cans take 500 years
organic materials take 6 months
cotton, rags, and paper take 6 months

Green Ideas-Websites

An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore's documentary, directed by Davis Guggenheim, is now available on DVD. The book version of An Inconvenient Truth is also available

An Inconvenient Truth House Party
Help Al Gore spread the word about global warming.

Everything's Cool
This documentary is an official selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Tree HuggerTree
Hugger is a Web magazine with tips and advice on living a sustainable lifestyle, and seeking environmental solutions and initiatives.

Earth 911
Earth 911 seeks to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life. Find information about recycling your Christmas tree, too.

Sierra Club
Sierra Club is the largest and oldest non-profit environmental organization working to protect the planet.

Stop Global Warming Virtual March
The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort bringing Americans together to declare that global warming is here now and it's time to act.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Marlo Lewis Jr., a skeptic about global warming, represented this organization. The CEI, dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government, is recognized as a leading voice on a broad range of regulatory issues.

Paporganics creates stationery and gift wrap made from organic cotton, hemp and recycled fibers.

American Forests
American Forests is an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring trees and forests. A minimum donation is $15. Every dollar you donate plants one tree.

March 15, 2007

Green Thinking Is Smart

The Hopewell Public Library, the red brick library, is going green! From St. Patties' Day until Earth Day we will collect and display your you and your family work to keep our planet green. Help use turn back the clock on global warming. On April 22, Earth Day, we will plant tree at Hopewell Volunteer Park and share the ideas we've collected.
You'll take home a booklet and a real sense of making a difference.