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

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.

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.

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

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

2009 Green Street Fair

The Second Annual Green Street Fair will return to the streets of Downtown Plymouth on May 1, 2 and 3, 2009. The City of Plymouth has approved the extension of the event from a two-day event in 2008 to a three-day event in 2009 beginning Friday, May 1 and ending on Sunday, May 3. Admission is FREE.

Now Open: Canton Farmers Market

Here's a fresh idea: Stimulate the local economy--and your taste buds--at Canton Farmers Market! Now open every Sunday (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Oct. 25, the market is at historic Bartlett-Travis House, 500 N. Ridge Rd. (1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd. in Cherry Hill Village). Shop for local produce, plants, baked goods, honey and more. New this year: Farmers Market Cook-off Series. For more details, check out the Canton Farmers Market website.

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...

Farewell, My Subaru

Farewell, My SubaruFarewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is Doug Fine's autobiographical account of his radical lifestyle change from nomadic journalist to sustainable desert rancher. Fine leaves behind a life of convenience, instead choosing to raise a couple of temperamental milk goats and make his newly acquired New Mexico property (lovingly christened the Funky Butte Ranch) into a self-sufficient, solar-powered homestead.

Greasy Rider

Join journalist Greg Melville and his college buddy Iggy as they set out to be the first people to drive from Vermont to California in a "french fry car" - a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease dumpsters along the way.  Greasy Rider : Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future is the story of two adventurers determined to take on the last great driving challenge and join our nation's fight against petroleum addiction.

Earth - the movie

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

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.

Share Your Eco-Friendly Tips on Our Green Board

Got some eco-friendly ideas you'd like to share? Write them on our community "Green Board" in the lobby during Earth Week (April 18-25). Then check out some of our "green" Earth Week programming, or get some environment-friendly tips from the Brightboard digital signs behind Checkout and in the Children's Library.

Celebrate Earth Day Outdoors!

Celebrate Earth Week by getting outdoors with family and friends.  Visit The Nature Conservancy web site to find nature trails near you, get outdoor tips, and share your photos.

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.