News from the Reference Desk Category: Environment

Earth Day 2020

April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

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Earth Day 1970 marked the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States:

By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act,  the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.  Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act.  A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.–earthday.org/history

On Earth Day 2020, the Earth Day Network is organizing Earth Day Live–a digital celebration of our planet!

Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.

But you can also celebrate Earth Day in the real world around your own home: 

Plant some vegetable or flower seeds
Start a compost pile
Commit to stop using single use plastic products (e.g. water bottles and yogurt containers)
Clean up your garden
Go for a walk (while social distancing, of course!) or ride a bike
Read a book instead of watching media/being online
Prepare and eat only plant-based foods

I’m sure you can think of other eco-friendly activities!

Happy Earth Day!

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – July 2019

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Baseball

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City book cover Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher Mantle: The Best There Ever Was book cover

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher by David Cone

Mantle: The Best There Ever Was by Tony Castro

Coffee Table Books

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters book cover Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again book cover The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic book cover

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globtrotters by Lonely Planet

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again by Donna De Salvo

The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic by Catherine Herbert Howell

Get Outside!

Walking: One Step at a Time book cover How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors book cover Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing book cover

Walking: One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge

How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors by Devon Fredericksen

Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing edited by David Joy and Eric Rickstad

New in American History

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 book cover Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War book cover Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 book cover

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 by Mark Peterson

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2018

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Vegan Christmas
by Gaz Oakley
Over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season.

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
by Anthony Salvanto
This monumental, collection includes nearly 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons.

Battles that Changed History
Edited by Philip Parker
Relive 5,000 years of world-changing combat with this guide to the most famous battles in history.
 
 
 

Evolution: The Human Story, 2nd Edition
Edited by Alice Roberts
Fully updated to include the latest discoveries and research–including the newly discovered species Homo naledi.

Gardenlust
by Christopher Woods
This sumptuous global tour of modern gardens spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways.

The Death of Hitler: The Final Word
Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina
Answers the lingering questions surrounding Hitler’s death in his bunker using unprecedented access to secret Russian archives and offer eyewitness accounts of the dictator’s final days.
 
 

The Lego Book
by Daniel Lipkowitz
Celebrate the 60-year history of the iconic LEGO brick.

Open to God Open to the World
by Pope Francis
This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind and workings of this entirely different Pope.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
by Dr. Steven Novella
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts.
 
 

Series Update: Eyewitness Travel Guides
These beautifully practical books, now offered in a lightweight format, boast inspirational covers, expertly curated travel content, and Instagram-worthy photography.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: 122 Inventions that Changed the World
by Jean-Marie Donat
Discover the designs behind some of the most amazing inventions ever imagined, with images taken from the original patents.

On the Ganges
by George Black
Journey along one of the world’s greatest rivers and catch a glimpse into the lives and cultures of the people who live along its banks.

Gardening in Mount Prospect

Interesting in learning about the spring and summer foliage that grows in Mount Prospect? Want to meet other interested in gardening? Join the Mount Prospect Gardening Club!  The club meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through June.

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Or check out these books we have here in the library to get started!:

 

Mount Prospect Introduces Organics Collection Program

Mount Prospect has replaced their existing yard waste collection program with a new Organics Collection Program. Yard waste will still be accepted along with organic material including fruits, vegetables, meat etc. All yard waste and organic material will be collected in unlimited quantities for no additional charge, but residents must provide their own rigid container. The Organics Collection Program will run from April through mid-December.

Organics Sticker

For more detailed information on the Organics Program and other solid waste information: Solid Waste Edition Mount Prospect Newsletter, September 2017