Libraries are “green” by definition. The community shares our resources, cutting down on the amount of energy spent creating and delivering books and media. But Earth Day is a good time to highlight ideas for doing more. Here are some simple ideas that perhaps won’t earn you LEED points but may make the young people in your library more conscious of their environment.
The easiest of all is the book display. There are so many books on the environment that Booklist has an entire March issue spotlighting environmental books (it’s available in the SCLS office if you’d like to see it.) Sachem Public Library has displayed some of their books on saving our planet where parents and kids can easily see them. A wonderful 2011 publication about the earth is How Did that Get in my Lunchbox?: The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti, a book which demonstrates where the common foods kids eat originate in a fun and inviting way.
Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library has a kid-created space for recycling DVDs, and Port Washington Public Library has a sneaker recycling program. The Teen Services Department of the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library awards paperback books as summer reading prizes in replacement of trinkets made of plastic.
Going Green at Your Library is a blog completely devoted to ideas about, well, going green, and can offer you more ideas. What are you doing in your libraries to be more environmentally conscious?