Going Green

Go green! Are you doing your best to protect our planet? Are you recycling household items for repurpose? For instance, did you know that you can take a 2 liter pop bottle and create “Bundle of Joy” bottles? Or make a “Good Scent” sachet out of fabric dryer sheets?

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse!

Have you ever thrown away an item only to discover that you really could have reused it for another purpose? We all know the old saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." Well, I experienced this with a book that I recently stumbled upon while searching for Halloween costume ideas. The book, Denim Revolution: Dozens of Ways to Turn Denim Cast-Offs into Fashion Must-Haves by Nancy Minsky was amazing!

Repurpose - Redecorate

These books on display at the Buckner library are only a few of the titles in our system that deal with recycling items you might have stashed away in your basement.

November 15th Is America Recycles Day!

Recognized annually since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Take this opportunity to teach your family the importance of recycling and buying recycled products!

Green Projects - Reusable Tote Bags

Last Tuesday night was the first of a monthly series of awesome craft nights for teens that focus on using recycled materials. Our first project was making reusable tote bags out of old plastic shopping bags, which we did by fusing together layers of plastic bags with an iron and then sewing them together.

Teen Green Projects at the Lee's Summit Branch

It’s almost time for Green Projects again!  This time, we’re cleaning out our closets to make two brand new (and super cute!) accessories:  A beautiful recycled headband and a funky recycled necklace. 

Green Projects: You Can Do It!

This month’s Green Projects night for teens, Tuesday May 10th at 6:30, will star the amazing and versatile tin can. Think tin cans are ugly, boring, trashy, or other negative adjective of your choice? Not after we get our hands on them!

There will be two different projects to choose from (or make both if you’re a speedy crafter!): an elegant candle holder (perfect for outside use with a citronella candle) and a handy pencil/storage canister.  Be there or be square!

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Library + Recycle = Cool

Really, when you think about it, the library has been on the cutting edge of renew, recycle, and reuse since its inception. What do we do here at the library but just that? It's been our policy, here at MCPL, to encourage customers to borrow a book, read that book, and return it for further use since 1965.

From Junk To Art

I sure hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. I know I had a relaxing holiday with family that I haven't seen for a while, followed by crazy shopping, and vegging out on the couch. I suppose that I should recommend a couple of good exercise or fitness tomes, but I'm not really in the mood at this time. Maybe for a New Year's resolution? Stay tuned (hopefully before I gain 10 pounds).