Posts tagged with "green"

Posted by daccurso on 05/13/11
Need some tips on creating a great vegetable garden? Check out our new "green" blog - Our Voices, Green Choices. It highlights green projects and programs happening at the Library as well as providing news about all kinds of "green living" topics both locally and beyond.
Read the latest post Growing Green: Grow Your Own to learn about vegetable gardening which "has become a national craze and is one of the greenest things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only is it good for your wallet, but also for your health, your community and your appetite. (There is nothing like the taste of a home grown tomato!) It’s also an especially fun and educational activity to experience with children."

Posted by daccurso on 05/31/12

The library is one of the participants in the village’s new Idle Free Arlington campaign initiated to educate and raise awareness about the importance of turning off your engine when you’re just sitting in your car. Read our latest Green Choices blog entry to get more information about this new initiative.

Posted by daccurso on 08/10/10
If you are looking for ways to cut your energy costs, come to the Library and check out a Kill-A-Watt energy meter. We have four meters donated by Commonwealth Edison and local citizen Chuck Kulig, president of the nonprofit organization Get to Work America (shown above with Library Executive Director Paula Moore).
Plug your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt meter, and it will measure energy consumption by the kilowatt hour, like the utility company.  Ask for one at the Welcome Desk. The meters can be checked out for two weeks.

Posted by daccurso on 05/14/09

The Library’s new bookmobile is making its rounds with a new look and great updates users will appreciate. The new color and graphics on the outside are just the beginning. It is three feet longer so it has more room to carry the newest books, movies, music and magazines. It also has a higher ceiling, additional skylights and better lighting. And with lower steps into the bookmobile, it is even easier to come aboard. In addition to the added space, it has a new “green” feature – a battery pack that helps save fuel by using the generator less. Check here to see when it is coming to a stop near you.

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Posted by lmulford on 11/17/11

According to the EPA, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of garbage a day, however 60% of that could be recycled. Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director for the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), will discuss how you can reduce your carbon footprint and which products are healthier for us and our environment. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Tuesday, November 29, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Posted by daccurso on 08/30/11

There is a great deal of media attention about the risks associated with everything from your child’s toys and clothing to the food at our local grocery store. This seminar, presented by Cecelia Ungari, parent consultant from The Green Mamas, will offer the latest research to help you determine what green choices you can make to protect the health of your child and our planet. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.
Location: Lindsey Room

Posted by daccurso on 04/04/11
Tomatoes and peppers and zucchini, oh my! Are you interested in food quality, sustainability and ‘going local’? Join us for a workshop that outlines the latest techniques for successful, productive gardening. A team of Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Service will guide you through the decision-making process including identifying the best location and garden style, choosing  which crops to plant, and techniques to minimize labor while maximizing yields. A list of resources and a materials kit/planning worksheet will be provided. Participants can sign up for a free, private consultation with a Master Gardener to review their proposed layout and plans. These appointments will be conducted at the Library through the end of May. Cosponsored by the Arlington Heights Garden Club.
Register online or call 847-392-0100.
Date and time: Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Posted by daccurso on 09/17/12

Pack up a box full of easy ideas for greener lunches with inspiring product information and fresh bites to ensure fruits and veggies to be a hit. Your waste-free lunches will be the star of the lunch room!
Date and time: Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room North

Posted by daccurso on 12/22/10
AHML is one of 60 libraries in Illinois selected as a pilot site for “Go Green @ Your Library,” a state-wide, collaborative project with the Illinois Library Association and the Field Museum in Chicago facilitated by funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Library’s theme, “Village Voices - Green Choices” will highlight a variety of programs that will educate and inspire our community to “rethink green.”
To kick off our green initiative, we are starting a new monthly discussion group, “Reading Green.” Each discussion will relate to the themes and concepts in a specific book. Attendees do not need to have read the book in order to participate. Register online or at the Reception Desk on the second floor, 847-392-0100, for:

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. or Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Hendrickson Room
A limited number of copies of the book will be available at the Welcome Desk.

Posted by daccurso on 01/28/11
Sign up for our next Reading Green book discussion. February's book is Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown.
Here's what the publisher says about this book:
"As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imagined even a year ago. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever. Plan B 4.0 explores both the nature of this transition to a new energy economy and how it will affect our daily lives."
Books are available for you to check out. Even if you haven't read the book, please plan on attending and learn about the themes discussed in the book.
Date and time: Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m. or Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m.
Location:  Hendrickson Room
Register online or at the Welcome Desk, 847-506-2640.