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
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 email@example.com 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.
Check out this sweet book trailer for author Dan Gutman’s debup Genius Files book, Mission Unstoppable.
The Genius Files