Sunday, April 18, 2010

No Impact Man

This film and book concerns a family that attempts to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. It is funny and thought provoking.
Watch the strained relationship the husband has with his reluctant (but intrepid and supportive) wife, who naturally feels hijacked by the project at times; in that sense, "No Impact Man" is as much about the sustainability of marriage as it is about the sustainability of environmental resources. The "green" conditions for the film, range from minor inconveniences like no television, no transportation beyond a bike and a scooter, and cloth diapers for their 2-year-old girl (sans washing machines) to serious hardships like no toilet paper, no electricity (meaning no refrigerated food), a diet of seasonal local produce and dairy only (meaning root vegetables in the winter—yum!), and no trash. That last goal requires them to keep a worm compost in their apartment, which creates its own set of problems!
Rent the DVD or read the book, both are in our collection!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Award from NEH and ALA

We are pleased to announce that our libraries have both been awarded book collections from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The books have a common theme of "A More Perfect Union" and include works in English and Spanish, for children and adults. Congratulations to our Children's Librarian Alison Donnelly and Fairmont City Librarian Katie Heaton for their work on the grant application.

Featured items for children include:
Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
When Marian Sings by Pam Munoz Ryan
A More Perfect Union by Betsy Maestro

And for adults:
American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

We are proud to receive this collection and soon we will have everything catalogued and shelf-ready for you! Don't hesitate to ask if you would like to order one of the titles mentioned.