Super Species: The Creatures That Will Dominate the Planet

You are probably no stranger to the term "invasive species." If not familiar with the term, then you have at least heard the names of some of the species like the sea lamprey, Asian carp, and/or Emerald Ash Borer. Garry Hamilton examines the impacts of invasive species in Super Species: The Creatures That Will Dominate the Planet. While many experts view invasive species as a threat to biodiversity, others believe these creatures may be nature's way of restoring ecological vibrancy in the wake of human-mediated destruction.

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The idea behind Buy Michigan Now is to challenge supporters of the state to factor Michigan into their buying decisions — when possible, buy locally. Buy Michigan Now makes it easy to do this by providing a directory where you can look up Michigan businesses that meet one of the following criteria:

  1. They operate entirely in Michigan
  2. They are headquartered in Michigan with additional operations outside the state
  3. They are a Michigan-owned franchise or affiliate with some fees or revenue paid out of state

One great reason to buy locally is to reduce your carbon footprint, for more local green resources check out the CPL's Canton Green Resources.

Ozone Action Days Begin May 1

It doesn't feel warm enough, but Ozone Action season started May 1. Consider carpooling and using transit for cleaner air and the fuel savings.

It is the little things that we all do on Ozone Action days that can have a positive impact on air quality. Here are tips for Southeast Michigan residents to help keep the air clean on Ozone Action days:

  • Try not to refuel on Ozone Action days. If you need to refuel on an Ozone Action day, fill up in the evening when the weather is cooler and don’t "top off" the tank
  • Reduce automobile use on Ozone Action days. Plan to carpool, use public transit, or walk to work
  • Choose the push mower over the lawn mower

Remember you can request email notifications of Ozone Action days by emailing: ozoneaction@semcog.org and putting "Notification" in the subject line or become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Local Green Resources

Looking to buy local products including local veggies and grass-fed meats? Or simply looking to recycle, save energy and become a little greener? CPL's Canton Green Resources web page has a number of resources (most local) to help you in your quest to become green. The library can also help with your recycling efforts. We continue to collect paper with a collection bin in the parking lot and participate in the Cartridges for Kids program that recycles printer cartridges, small electronics and more. You can learn more about these programs and other great recycling resources through CPL's Canton Green Resources pages.

Craig Perdue, Naturalist Program

Dr. Craig Perdue will talk about behavioral ecology on Thursday, April 21, 3:00-4:30PM, in a presentation entitled "Bird Ancestors, Adaptations and Conversation." He will share his knowledge about working with birds of prey and other animals and explain how our actions impact their world. There is no registration required for this all ages program.

[Note: Dr. Perdue's program includes live birds.]

Vegetarian Eating Program

Learn about the benefits of vegetarian eating from Paul Krause, VP of VegMichigan on Monday, April 18, 7:00-8:30PM in his presentation Vegetarian Eating. Paul will talk about how to promote health, peace and the planet through a plant-based diet. Also (newly added to the program!) Susan Kline, author of "From the Earth with Love" will discuss transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle. There is no registration required for this adult program.

Living Book Night

Check out one of our Living Books on February 22. Registration begins on February 8 at which time you can register for a half hour visit (for either the 7:00-7:30PM, 7:30-8:00PM or 8:00-8:30PM time slot) with one of our real, living books! You can register for up to three books as long as the time slots are different. Click on the links below for a live preview:

Resources for the Transgender Community

She's Not There, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, was recommended to me by a transgender friend who described it as "the book she could relate to the most" regarding her experience. The book helped her in her decision to transition and me to understand her struggle with her sexual identity and what to expect from the transitioning process. CPL has other helpful gender identity resources including a Living Book who is the co-president of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) who can discuss the topic of transgender with you. Check our Program Calendar to sign up for this program that takes place on February 22 (sign up begins Tuesday, February 8). Other great resources include Transgender Michigan and a transgender resource website.

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