If you like crossword puzzles as much as I do, here’s a special treat in honor of Earth Month. I created it in such a way that you could use it in a variety of settings. Play online or download a printable 1-page version in Word format below. The answers will be provided in Thursday’s blog post. Enjoy!
In the late 1980s, a research study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America concluded that some houseplants can work double duty: Help make indoor spaces more beautiful, and purify air contaminated by common chemicals.
This is a good thing for libraries as the chemicals studied are also trapped in many library buildings, especially those that are tightly sealed to be more energy efficient or which have windows that do not open.
Middle Country Public Library in New York has accomplished something extraordinary. It will be the first library in the country to offer an outdoor learning environment, in the form of a 5,000-square-foot community classroom.
“I don’t know what truth is. Truth is something unattainable. We can’t think we’re creating truth with a camera. But what we can do, is reveal something to viewers that allows them to discover their own truth.” –Michel Brault, cinematographer, cameraman, film director, screenwriter and film producer
I could not agree more. Over the years, I have seen many extraordinary films that have touched me and helped me see my own truth.
Where do libraries use the most paper? The answer: the library newsletter!
I recently caught up with Beth Keller, Marketing Specialist for the Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library, to ask how her library’s transition to a “paperless” e-newsletter was going. Here’s what she had to say:
“Our library used to mail newsletters to 13,000 households four times per year. Most were eight pages. Additional copies were printed for distributing in the Library.
As I look around my home and home office, I see many beautiful and unique pieces of gently used, durable furniture including chairs, tables, a desk, filing cabinets, wall clocks, lamps and a bookcase. The source of these items: resale and consignment shops, garage sales, and estate and community rummage sales.
Every day, each one of us is surrounded by an enormous amount of stuff that is continually updated, with the outdated version being tossed to make room for the new. A few common examples include phone books, association directories, and special event banners.