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Earth Day Events at CPL!

Earth Day 2014We're celebrating Earth Day from April 21-24 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including:

Movies for Earth Day

Earth Day: Earth DayAlthough Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year on April 22, the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered! Check out just some of the titles below:

Beyond pollution [videodisc] by directed by Barker White — Examines the economic impact and health effects that the disastrous BP oil spill will have on local communities both immediately and long term.


Climate of doubt [videodisc]: the politics of global warming by written by John Hockenberry, Catherine Upin ; directed by Catherine Upin — An examination of the shift in political attitudes towards global warming in the United States.


Collapse [videodisc] — The economic predictions of investigative journalist Michael Ruppert regarding the possible global financial meltdown and major social change that could result if oil dependence continues unabated.

Earth Day Reading, Viewing & Listening

Earth day: Earth dayThe Canton Public Library is celebrating Earth Day from April 14-27 with a series of entertaining and educational programs. Topics include bat conservancy, organic eating, buying local food, and rain gardens. The week will wrap up with a fantastic performance by authentic Native American Dancers. The Library's collection if full of excellent books, dvds, and cds to help you celebrate with us:

America's neighborhood bats by Merlin D. Tuttle


The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle, Mark Kiser, Selena Kiser


Bats by M. Brock Fenton


Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken ; with photo editor Sterling Zumbrunn

Movies to Watch this Earth Day

earthday2012.thumbnail.pngWe can all observe Earth Day this year by educating ourselves about the challenges that face our environment and what we can do about it. Try some of the titles suggested below to get started:

The age of stupid [videodisc] — Pete Postlethwaite stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 - when a cataclysmic climate change took place.

Wanted: Your Recyclable Papers

Give us your tired, your poor, your worn out magazines, newspapers, and catalogs; your huddled masses of school and office papers; the wretched refuse of your teeming junk mail yearning to be recycled! Place your recyclable papers in our large bright yellow and green bins (in the southwest corner of the library parking lot), and the library will receive money from Paper Retriever Recycling. You'll not only help the library, but you'll also make a positive impact on the environment.

Everything Green

Hey Kids,
Being green is definitely the color to be these days, whether you're a kid or a frog. Kermit the frog from the Muppets is green and even sang a song about it. This fun program for 1st-3rd graders will be all about things that are green, as well as celebrating the coming of spring. Online Registration opens April 4.
Program Date: Monday, April 18, 11:00-11:45AM.

Just Bea a Little Greener at Your Library


Libraries are the ultimate practitioners of the three Rs of the green lifestyle. Just think of the trees and money you'll save by checking out books from your local library instead of purchasing them, thereby reducing your consumption. And talk about reuse! You can read a book or watch a DVD over and over, then return it to the library for someone else to use. When it comes to recycling, you can donate your old materials to libraries for used book sales.

Last Week! Recycle Your Papers for Double Earnings.

From now through this Friday, April 30, all the recyclable paper you place in the library's bright green and yellow Paper Retriever bins (located in the southwest corner of the library parking lot), will generate double earnings for Canton Public Library. So gather up all your old newspapers, magazines, junk mail, school and office papers (cardboard and phone books are not accepted). We'll be happy to lighten your paper load while you help the library earn extra cash!

Disneynature's Oceans

Oceans, the newest big screen documentary from Disneynature, will open in theaters — appropriately — on Earth Day, April 22. Using the latest underwater technologies, the film gives viewers an unprecedented look at the mysteries living beneath the seas which cover nearly three quarters of the earth's surface. In addition, for every viewer that sees the film during its opening week (April 22-28), Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to save the world's coral reefs.

Environmental Documentaries

Although Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year - on April 22 - the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered!

It Pays to Recycle at Local Retailers

Beginning November 1st Target will give a 5¢ discount for every reusable bag customers use to pack their purchases. Over the next three weeks CVS will also roll out a similar program in its stores. Participating CVS customers will receive $1 cash bonus on their CVS card every four times they buy something but don't request plastic bags. Smaller retailers such as Trader Joe's, Hiller's and Whole Foods have been offering financial incentives to re-use bags for some time. With large retailers like Target and CVS following suit the two programs could keep billions of plastic bags out of the environment and nudge other big retailers to take similar steps.

[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is one of our new picture books, located on the new shelf in the children's department. It is about a young boy named Liam who decides to grow a small garden in the midst of a new cement filled city. Before he knows it the whole city is becoming greener as his garden grows and his efforts inspire others to grow their own gardens. The pictures are busy and fun to look at again and again. This is a great book about spring, gardens and making a difference in the environment.

Recycle

Canton Public Library

Acceptable items for recycling are newspapers, magazines, catalogs, school and office paper, shredded paper (in bags) and mail. Please, no cardboard, phonebooks, glass, metal, plastics or trash. Look for the recycling bin in the far southwestern corner of our staff parking lot. For more information, call 734-397-0999

Local

recycle glass bottle at CWRCanton Computers — will recycle or repurpose unwanted computer equipment (excluding CRT monitors). Address: 1765 Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI Phone: 734-981-6600

Canton Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up — Canton residents can properly dispose of waste that is considered toxic, flammable, or corrosive.

Canton Waste Recycling — CWR is open for recycling (plastics, paper, cardboard, tin, glass, oil, paint (limit 5 one gallon containers), antifreeze and batteries) on scheduled Fridays (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) and Saturdays (8:00 AM to 11:00 AM).

Cartridges for Kids — A recycling program that pays schools and nonprofit organizations cash for empty laser and inkjet cartridges, used cellphones, laptops, PDAs and iPods. You can also bring the following items only — empty laser and inkjet cartridges and used cellphones — to the Canton Public Library. Simply drop them off at the reception desk and we will ship them to Cartridges for Kids on your behalf.

Canton Green Resources

Save $, Energy, and More

  • Alliance to Save Energy — offers information to help you save money, increase comfort, and reduce pollution through energy efficiency
  • Canton Farmers Market — a variety of home-grown foods and hand-made goods
  • GreenerThinking — environmental articles and tips on how to save the environment and some cash along the way
  • RideShare — free carpool and vanpool matching service that links commuters in Michigan
  • Unscrew America — information about replacing your old light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs
  • Vampire Energy Chart — shows how much energy you use even when your appliances are turned off

Environmental Information

Earth - the movie

EarthJust in time for Earth Day, the first release from the Disneynature series opens today.

Environment Information

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

Eco-Labels - This site by Consumer Reports allows consumers to find out what the labels on their favorite green products really mean.

EcoGeek - EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

Buy Green

  • buymichigannow.com directory — Look for a variety of products from Michigan based companies
  • Dine Green — Find certified green restaurants in Michigan (such as Amici's Pizza in Berkley, MI) and in other states. Restaurant owners can also find out how to become certified
  • Door to Door Organics — Local organic vegetables delivered right to your door
  • eatwild.com — Find safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy… and other wild edibles near you
  • Eco-Friendly Paint — Benjamin Moore's Aura paint meets the toughest VOC rules in the country.