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Beekeeping - Is it for you?

So you've heard about the declining bee populations as well as how important these pollinators are to the environment. One-third of our food supply relies upon them for pollination which is essential for the reproduction of the plants the bees service. If these are not reasons enough to keep bees there is also the delectable honey. If you have been entertaining the idea of keeping bees you probably already know this, but you might not know the next step. First, you should consider the negative aspects of keeping bees.

How You Can Help Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April explosion of a BP offshore oil rig has put local economies, wildlife and the Gulf's ecosystem at risk. It has been described as the "worst environmental disaster in our nation's history." The affected area is home to more than 400 species of wildlife including whales, egrets, herons, otters, dolphins and millions of migratory birds. Check the NWF's website to see how you can help the wildlife recover. For more information on how our dependence on fossil fuels affect the environment check out Crude: The Real Price of Oil or Crude Impact.

2010 Green Street Fair

The Third Annual Green Street Fair will return to the streets of Downtown Plymouth from April 30 to May 2. To promote global interest and personal well-being, the Green Street Fair "blends companies, artisans, entertainers, workshops and speakers together in a friendly and family-oriented outdoor environment." Admission is free.
Event Hours
DayHours
Friday, April 30Noon-7:00PM
Saturday, May 110:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, May 210:00AM-5:00PM

Take the Commuter Challenge in May!

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is challenging you to take the Commuter Challenge in May. The Commuter Challenge is simply "a fun and exciting way to encourage you to carpool, vanpool, ride public transportation, bike, walk or use telework or flextime benefits". You can actually win prizes while you help the environment! If you are considering the biking option you may also want to check out Google Maps which has added a bicycle directions option to its service.

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 23) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including: Also, be sure to share your green tips and tricks with the community by posting on the Electronic Green Board.

Energy Alternatives Earth Week Program

Considering putting solar panels on your home or perhaps installing some wind turbines? Join Dave Strenski from solarypsi.org on Thursday, April 22 from 7:00-8:30PM as he shares his knowledge in his presentation Energy Alternatives. It may save you time and money as well as help the global warming problem. This is an adult program. No registration is required for this program. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

"A Michivore Life" Earth Week Program

Tom Bloomer, co-founder of Michivore.com, will give you all the facts on eating locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats plus tips on doing this easily and inexpensively in his presentation A Michivore Life on Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00-8:30PM. This program is for both teens and adults. No registration is required for this program.

CPL Green Board Goes Electronic

In celebration of Earth Week we would like to encourage you to share your green tips with others by simply commenting on this blog post. We hope that this electronic form of the CPL Green Board will provide you with a helpful list of what others are doing in the community to green up their lives. Some ideas that came from last year's board include: use energy efficient light bulbs, teach your children to live green, use eco-friendly organic fertilizer (slow-release nitrogen, no-phosphorous), wash your clothes in cold water and hang to dry, and use your library instead of buying books! Also be sure to check out Canton Green Resources for local recycling and environmental resources.

Will Novels Save the World?

It is no secret that novels can sometimes convey complex scientific subject matter in a way that many find compelling. In his review of Far North by Marcel Theroux, John Atcheson discusses this phenomenon in relation to climate change. According to Atcheson in his review entitled, "Will Novels Save the World?", climate change as the back drop to novels such as Theroux's may help in some small way to effect positive change. "At their best, they provide another way of viscerally experiencing a truth" he says. In the case of Far North, Atcheson concludes that the method works because the story and plot stand on their own while still "rendering climate change as a reality and a palpable force to be reckoned with and avoided".

Time to Start Planning Your Organic Garden

It is (finally!) time to start planning your garden. More folks than ever are interested in gardening - for both health and economic reasons, and why not? It provides you with nutritious produce fairly inexpensively, it is good for the environment and it provides a great excuse to get outside and get your hands dirty. This year take it to the next step and make it an organic garden.

Job Resource Town Hall Meeting with Dian Slavens at CPL

State Representative Dian Slavens (D-Canton) will hold a Job Resource and Retraining Town Hall Meeting on Friday, February 19 at 11:00AM in the Community Room. The event will provide attendees with information on a variety of topics, including No Worker Left Behind and other worker retraining programs, job search and job placement services offered by Michigan Works!, and help with unemployment benefit claims. No registration is necessary.
[Note: This is not a library sponsored program.]

Time Magazine's "Assignment Detroit" and Detroit Blog

If you haven't already, you may want to check out what Time Inc. is calling Assignment Detroit, a year-long project with the intention of chronicling the life of the city of Detroit. It began in the Fall of 2009 and will continue until Fall 2010. The magazine has actually bought a house in Detroit and moved reporters and editors there from various magazines. Although the response has been mixed, you can follow the project via their blog, Detroit Blog, and view some videos about Detroit's economic plight including "How to Survive in Detroit?"
[Photo courtesy of eLibrary]

Take the No Impact Experiment

Inspired by the book No Impact Man by Colin Beaven, the No Impact Project brings you the No Impact Experiment — a one-week carbon cleanse. Register on their website and each day of the week you will be given an environmental challenge that will build on the previous day’s challenge. At the end of the week you will be asked to fill in an eco-lifestyle survey. The experiment is a chance for you to see what no-impact living is like, and hopefully help to improve your quality of life. Not a bad way to start off the new year.

How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg discovers that drinking water can be legal and still be unhealthy in his series Toxic Waters. In researching the series, he studied thousands of water pollution records, which he obtained via the Freedom of Information Act and discovered that an estimated one out of ten Americans is exposed to unsafe drinking water. Look at What's in Your Water? to find out what the contaminant level is in your drinking water system. Also be sure to check out CPL’s water quality resources to find out more on this important topic.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Don't forget to recycle your tree!

Just a friendly reminder, that Canton Waste Recycling (CWR) will offer curb-side pick-up of natural Christmas trees from January 4-14, 2010. CWR asks that you place your tree at the curb by 6:30AM on your regular trash day with all stands and ornaments removed. After January 14, trees will no longer be accepted at the curb. For more information on Christmas tree pick-ups, call CWR at (734) 397-5801.