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"Wetland Whimsy" painted rain barrel by Andrea Riley
It’s Thursday morning and my shelter-adopted canine companion and I have just returned from our morning walk. I can feel rain in the air. The local weather person has also predicated its arrival just in time for the weekend. After our walk, I add an item to my to-do list: get a rain barrel.
Posted April 29, 2010 | Comments: 0
Tim O'Reilly speaking at DrupalCon San Francisco, April 20, 2010.
"The change we need," according to Tim O'Reilly, keynote speaker on day two of DrupalCon San Francisco, "is DIY on a civic scale.
Posted April 28, 2010 | Comments: 0
Scottsdale Public Library logo
It’s 6 p.m. on a Monday evening. Twelve people are gathering to discuss a community project at their local library.  A printed agenda is passed out, as well as numerous meeting notes. Most will not be referred to again after the meeting ends, so they will find their way to the sole trash can in the room.
Posted April 27, 2010 | Comments: 0
Satia Orange, former director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, wrote this morning to say that former librarian Khafre K. Abif is planning to "Cycle for Freedom" by taking a 2,028-mile bike trip from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, embarking June 27.
Posted April 27, 2010 | Comments: 0
Posted April 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
welcome mat
Last night on PBS, I viewed Food, Inc. for the first time.  In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes the state of our current food supply system which, to our detriment, puts profit ahead of consumer health, endangers the livelihood of the American f
Posted April 22, 2010 | Comments: 0
ProQuest marketing consultant Beth Dempsey told American Libraries today that the company had devised an interesting way for its employees to share library love during National Library Week.
Posted April 21, 2010 | Comments: 0
John Sandstrom, a member of the American Library Association's govering Council, this morning circulated a "Resolution on Texas State Board of Education Curriculum Standards" developed by Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos an
Posted April 20, 2010 | Comments: 0
earth day logo
Every year, on April 22, a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment is celebrated.  Aptly named Earth Day, it was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to give the environment a place on our country’s political agenda. 
Posted April 16, 2010 | Comments: 0
Kill a Watt device
When librarians think collections, books, DVDs, and CDs are often the first things that come to mind.  But nowadays, eco-friendly librarians are expanding their collection by adding green gadgets that help their patrons save money, too.
Posted April 14, 2010 | Comments: 0