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Your "Green Board" Tips

Thank you for sharing your green ideas with other library users on the CPL Green Board and helping to make CPL's Earth Week events such a success. For those of you who missed the board or are just curious about what others in the community are doing to become more green (like teaching their kids to be green and carpooling to work), read on...

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail Clean Up

hikersSaturday, April 25, 10am - 2p.m.To wrap up Earth Week the library is joining up with Canton Leisure Services to help clean up the Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail. Teens and adults are invited to join the effort. Meet at the trail head at Morton Taylor Rd. north of Michigan Avenue anytime between 10 and 2 pm to help with the efforts. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, shoes and bring work gloves. Please bring your own reusable water bottle. If you would like you can bring/donate contractor garbage bags. Clean up will take place rain or shine unless there is severe weather. For more information call Canton Leisure Service at 394-5460.

Yard Scraps to Garden Treasure

Wednesday, April 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn how to enrich your soil and reduce waste through easy, inexpensive composting methods.

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 25) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

Water-Wise Solutions for Your Yard

Tuesday, April 21, 7-8 p.m. Looking for ways to save at the (water) pump and still maintain a lush lawn and landscape? Beth Rowley, Landscape Designer and owner of Landscape Beauty by Design, will offer practical, water-saving advice on mowing, fertilizing and watering your lawn.

Home Recycling in Canton

Monday, April 20, 7-8 p.m. You will have the opportunity to question Paul Denski, owner of Canton Waste Recycling, about the improved recycling program and general recycling questions.

Movie Presentation: Deep Blue (all ages)

Saturday, April 18, 2-4 p.m. The library will kick off its Earth Week celebration with a presentation of the compelling BBC documentary Deep Blue. Cutting-edge submarine technology was used to explore the deepest reaches of the sea, resulting in a breathtaking and awe-inspiring film. Refreshments will be served. Please call 734-397-0999 or inquire at the reception desk to register.

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Rare Cheetah Birth in San Diego Zoo

Baby CheetahAccording to a National Geographic article, a baby cheetah was born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park with the help of a doctored recording of a recently discovered male call that triggers ovulation.

Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom

The Associated Press reported in "Dollars from Dirt: Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom" that people are gardening to save money. I love the thought that backyard gardening can not only make people and the environment healthier, but can perhaps help solve the economic crisis. CPL's "Yard Scraps to Garden Treasures" program on April 22 from 7:00-8:30pm can get you off to a great start by showing you how to compost and enrich your soil.

The Power of Solar

In your efforts to go green do not forget about the power of solar. Some companies, like Ikea, are developing solar power products like Ikea's new solar lighting line. To find out ways you can use solar energy in your life check out Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer.

Be a Citizen Scientist

scientistVolunteers, or citizen scientists, from all over the nation (yes this means you too!) are needed to help gather information and data on climate change. The USA-National Phenology Network will use these observations, like the flowering of plants and when trees fruit, to understand how climate change is effecting seasonal cycles and therefore human life.

Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

test tubeTry this quiz from About.com which is based on science standards for the third grade (and yes I got one wrong). Like me, you may then decide to brush up on some of your science basics with resources from CPL like, "The New Everyday Science Explained" by Curt Suplee.

Global Warming Severity Underestimated

DroughtIn a recent article in The Guardian, scientists warn that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) substantially underestimated the severity of global warming over the rest of the century in their most recent report on climate change. In reponse, former US vice-president Al Gore called for a globally coordinated stimulus to tackle climate change.

Think Green When Planning Your Next Vacation

Although ski resorts have been proven to have a negative impact on the environment, many resorts are making efforts to become more sustainable. Treehugger.com has come up with a list of the Top 7 Greenest Ski Destinations in the U.S. For those looking for warmer, or simply different eco-friendly destinations, check out the resources CPL has on ecotourism. Photo courtesy of AP Photo.