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Green/Environment

Our Nation's Symbol — The Bald Eagle

A friend's introduction to the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is fascinating and quite an educational experience for all ages. This eagle couple has three chicks, or are they fledglings? Find the answer to this and the myriad questions you will have after viewing these majestic eagles. Check out this book on our nation's symbol Eagles and for adults, Eagles: Masters of the Sky.

Minimal

Looking to get out of the rat race? Striving for less? Check out these books for great minimalist tips:

Philosophy of Simplicity

Enough already!: clearing mental clutter to become the best you by Peter Walsh

Simplexity: why simple things become complex (and how complex things can be made simple) by Jeffrey Kluger

Practice random acts of kindness: bring more peace, love, and compassion into the world by the editors of Random Acts of Kindness; foreword by Harold Kushner; preface to the new edition by Will Glennon

Give it up: my year of learning to live better with less by Mary Carlomagno

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

Thursday, March 17, 4:00-7:00PM: Open House
This month at the Hatcher Graduate Library, the theme is “Mapping Science” in conjunction with the current Library Gallery exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, a traveling exhibit created by Dr. Katy Börner of Indiana University. The exhibit was created to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and manage physical places but also abstract topic spaces. It introduces knowledge mapping techniques to the general public. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Allow time to view maps from the Map Library as well as the exhibit.

Third Thursday is a monthly open house that showcases the highlights of the Map Library’s vast collection. These fun, thematic events are open to everyone, offering the community a look at some of our favorite maps.

The Revolutionary Yardscape

The revolutionary yardscape: ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more by Matthew Levesque — When I see a garden or yard with cool planters, trellises, or other accoutrements, I always think about how pricey it would be to do the same in my garden. But with this book, you can make your own goodies from previously used materials — save some cash and go green at the same time. This book has lots of tips for making old items seem new. Isn't it time to add some useful art to your landscape?

Living Book: Craig Perdue

Craig Perdue, Naturalist and Primitive Technologist, shows us how Glory, the gregarious Harris Hawk, and Jasper, the Great Horned Owl, get trained to follow using behavioral psychology. Mr. Perdue also tells us about his lifetime love of nature and the skills to survive and thrive in it. Check out Mr. Perdue as a Living Book at Canton Public Library!

Saving and Sharing Seeds

Seed libraries are a way for people to share the seeds from the plants they grow, as well as to gain access to other heirloom varieties with which their neighbors may have had good luck. The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library is one such organization, which appears to be working well. Have you swapped seeds with others? Do you keep your own library of seeds from year to year? Would you be interested in participating in a seed swap in Canton? For more info on saving seeds, check out this article:

Saving seeds: a few extra steps, and simple ones at that, will keep your garden growing next year (if you're reading this outside the library, you may need to log in with your library card)

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You can compost

No, really, you can! Even if you live in an dwelling without a yard, you can still turn your food waste into rich, useful compost. Michigan garden expert Colleen Vanderlinden shows you how over at Planet Green. You can also check out some of our many resources on composting:

The compost specialist : the essential guide to creating and using garden compost, and using potting and seed composts by David Squire

The complete compost gardening guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin

Compost by Ken Thompson

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