Think Green, Books Can Help

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Think green -- organic, these are huge buzz words today. What do they mean? Is it important?

How can we help? The library has several books on the subject that will help you get started. It is important and it's not as hard as you think. The library is developing a program which we will be implementing in the coming months.

"Green Chic -- Saving the Earth in Style" by Christie Matheson: Being green isn't a fad, it is timeless chic. Matheson steers us toward consumer goods and services that minimize our earth-stomping human footprint. Being eco-friendly doesn't mean that you can't look gorgeous, travel in style, eat incredible food and drink phenomenal wine. Offering up dozens of author-tested, earth-friendly ideas, Matheson reveals that being chic and saving the planet aren't mutually exclusive.

"A Slice of Organic Life," edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith: Everybody can have a slice of the organic life. To get closer to the soil, there's no need to become completely self-sufficient. With this book, just pick out the projects that appeal to you. Even if your home is an apartment, there's still plenty you can do. Grow salad greens on a windowsill or raise Rhode Island Reds for farm-fresh eggs, learn how to shop ethically or wear natural fibers. Whatever your passion, enjoy the pleasures to be had from even the smallest taste of organic living and feel good about what you can do, not guilty about what you can't.

"True Green @ Work" by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin: The book offers 100 simple ways to be greener and more productive in the workplace. Use eco-efficient lighting and slash energy bills and carbon emissions, print double-sided and half paper use, keep indoor plants and improve health and well-being. These are but a few of the things you can do. Taking care of the environment is easier than you think. Practical, positive and easy to use. By contributing to a healthier workplace, you also contribute to a healthier planet.

"The Gardeners' Guide to Growing Organic Food" by Tanya Denckla: The book represents a wealth of gardening information in an accessible format while showing that creating a healthy soil and working with the earth's natural systems are the foundation of a productive, sustainable garden. You learn how to safeguard earthworms, grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, along with a list of books (suggested readings), seed companies, nurseries and equipment and pest control supplies. If it's not in this book you may not need to know it.

"Easy Green Living" by Renee Loux: We are what we eat, but we are also what we use to clean our homes, pamper our skin and decorate our rooms. Being green at home doesn't have to be expensive, it can be easy and affordable. She discusses the daily choices we face that can keep the home, personal care and beauty routines free of toxins. Included is her "Green Thumb Guides" for choosing chemical-free, eco-smart and human-friendly products. This complete lifestyle guide shows that healthier choices don't mean a radical or complicated life change. It's really quite easy to be green.

"Fodor's Green Travel" is the most complete guide to eco-lodges and earth-friendly hotels around the world. Featuring 100 environmentally responsible accommodations that are nature-friendly and work to support local communities, the book celebrates the growing availability of green travel experiences. Also included is the practical information of getting to your destination as well as social and environmental ratings for each listing. Compared with the vast scale of the tourism industry, a single holiday might seem inconsequential, but every trip makes a difference to the local environment and to the local community.

Come on in. Go have a great adventure right in your own living room -- read a good book.

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