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The environment is important to Canton Public Library and the Canton community. Canton Green Resources:

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:

The current state?????

Have you ever noticed the current state of the world and wondered...WHY?  Visit Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index for a different view of today's events.

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.

Solar Power: Get it While it's Hot

Now that the sun is shining more and more, why not learn about how you can use the sun's energy to generate electricity and power. Here is a nifty website with more on solar power and below are some books to help you learn more:

Energy from the sun by Allan Fowler

Harnessing power from the sun by Niki Walker

Solar power: a true book by Christine Petersen

New Green Videos for Kids

Even children's television is getting their green on.   Familiar characters like Handy Manny,  Elmo, and the Schoolhouse Rock gang are helping kids learn to be environmentally conscious.  Check one out today!

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.

Earth Day for Little Ones

Want to introduce Earth Day and green living to your preschooler?  Check out some of these picture books that help introduce the concepts of gardening, recycling and loving the earth. 

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.

Where did that apple come from?

Want to find out where your food comes from? Learn about fair trade, food miles and local markets in Your Food by Sally Hewitt.

Where will you be when the lights go out?

Earth hour Earth hour 2009 is Saturday, March 28 starting at 8:30 p.m. From the Earth hour website: "World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions."  For more information, visit the website, http://www.earthhourus.org/ .

Food in your back and front yard

Ever heard of the Food Not Lawns movement? If you have and are planning to get an early start on growing your own foods this spring, we have goodies for you. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, marjoram, potatoes, parsley...what seeds should you plant in March?

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.

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

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.

Green Scene: Endangered Animals

Did you know that the Tasmanian Devil is an endangered species? Find out about this and other animals in danger of extinction in these books.

Lifehack at your Library

Lifehacking is, in simple terms, "anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way." If you subscribe to the most popular lifehacker blogs, you'll find articles on anything ranging from setting up a TiVO to making a fake wallet in case you get mugged.

Here are ten ways to get the most out of your library: