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Earth Day is here!  In addition to looking for alternate forms of energy from fossil fuels, being aware that recycling is important, and the many other messages that Earth Day tries to impart every year, one of the very neat things that some people have started to build and look into is sustainable architecture, aka green architecture.  Sustainable architecture “seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space” [from Wikipedia].  Here are some very cool examples:

Wuxi Community Kindergarten

Bamboo Treehouse

Sustainable NYC could look like this

10 Cool Buildings

And you can check out EarthDay.org’s Green Cities Campaign page for more information on what you can do and some sustainability options.

 

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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month.  If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30.  Some will be posted on the website in May!  If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.

If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

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It’s safe to say that many poets are creative. In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a look at some of some characteristics that creative people possess according to Huffington Post.  Taking the time for “solitude” and “getting out of their own heads” translates well to reading something new, trying something different, maybe watching a movie by yourself to fully absorb it and get inspired.  Are you creative? Tell us what you do!

If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.

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J.K. Rowling has announced she is writing 2 new Harry Potter books.  In honor of that, the Harry Potter series is our staff pick of the week.   Equally magical on the first, second, third… however many re-reads, Harry and his gang are some of our favorite characters, and there’s something in these stories for everyone.

A new trilogy about 70 years before Harry’s era is also in the works.

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Look for the books in our catalog here.

 

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While plenty of anecdotal evidence exists that books are good for you apparently has taken until now for scientists to attempt to actually codify how they are good for you.  The article linked below discusses a study at Emory University which examined brain activity (via fMRI) after reading Robert Harris’ 2003 novel Pompeii
Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’ – Science – News – The Independent.