Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day @ Your Library!

Check out these great green reads at your Charleston County Public Library!

*J O' Connor - Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor
J 333.9542 Forier - Endangered Animals by Elise Forier (We Both Read Beginning Reader Series)

J 363.7 Mckay - True Green: 100 Things You Can Do To Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin

J 363.7392 Sechrist - Air Pollution by Darren Sechrist (Saving Our World Series)


Y Greenwald - My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
Y Hiaasen - Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Y 597.92 Hickman - Turtle Rescue by Pamela Hickman (Firefly Animal Rescues Series)


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Help Close the Loop: Upcycling = (Recycle + Reuse + Reduce) x DIY

646.4 Rannels - Sew Subversive

To "upcycle" means to reuse recycled materials in such a way that they retain or increase in value according the Sustainablity Dictionary. Using recycled materials for crafting or to create useful items for the home is a popular way for indivduals to practice upcycling.

Check out these upcycling links for cool ideas for projects, crafts, and more that can help you make this holiday season and all year round a little greener.

Gardening - A nonprofit organization supporting growing edible plants indoors in urban areas using recycled water bottles. - Here's My Farm

sustainablog - Six Creative Upcycling Projects

yougrowgirl - Make Your Own Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation System

Decorative Art/Gifts/Clothe

Upcycle Art

Crafting a Green World - Girl Reconstructed: Upcycling Old Clothes

Hippy Shopper - The Art of Upcycling: Junky Jewelry For Spring

EcoSalon - Green Your Junk: 16 Creative Ways to Upcycle Before You Recycle

More upcycling inspiration from the CCPL catalog!

J Chapman - Making Art With Fabric by Gillian Chapman

J Ross - Earth-friendly Crafts: Clever Ways to Reuse Everyday Items by Kathy Ross

J Monaghan - Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-friendly Art Activities by Kimberly Monaghan

NEW!!! (On Order) Make Your Own Purses and Bags by Anna-Marie D'Cruz

646.4 Rannels - Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY For the Fabulous Fashionista by Melissa Rannels

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sunday, September 27th, 2009: South Carolina Green Fair in Marion Square

Check out the CCPL table at the 2009 South Carolina Green Fair this Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at Marion Square! Visit the Green Fair website for all the details at

Monday, August 10, 2009

Close to Home: Charleston International Airport Recycling Program Takes Off!

Charleston Internation Airport became a Lowcountry environmental business leader in July 2009 when they kicked off a recycling program. Click here to read the Post and Courier article about this exciting initiative!

WCIV News Story

For more travel info for planning that special getaway or to find out more ways to have a great staycation check out CCPL's collection of travel books. Click the links below to see a selection of these resources.

Travel and Guidebooks

Frommer's Travel Guides

Lonely Planet

South Carolina Travel

Charleston Travel

*Picture from Accessed 8/10/09

Friday, July 10, 2009

Go Local

Charleston County Public Library's Websites of the Week offers some great links for info on local and organic food. CLICK HERE to check it out!

There is also a movement here in Charleston to encourage locals to buy goods and services from locally owned businesses called the Lowcountry Local First (CLICK for Charleston City Paper Article) (CLICK for Post and Courier Article). Lowcountry Local First is starting a grassroots movement called the 10 Percent Shift to get consumers in the Charleston area to buy at least 10 percent of their purchases from local businesses. Doing business locally has positive environmental impact because it reduces transportation costs and helps the local economy by creating more jobs here in the Lowcountry.*

*For help with job seeking, career building tips, money management tools, and information about local economic resources like social service agencies, CLICK HERE to check out CCPL's new Recession Resources page.

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