Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’


Happy Earth Day! Leave it to Beavers

by Maeve Clark on April 22nd, 2016

April 22 is Earth Day and what a better way to celebrate it than in a salute to beavers and their engineering prowess.   I happened upon a Nature program on PBS on Wednesday night called Leave it to Beavers by Dam Builder Productions in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET.  It was wonderful.  Sometime I start to watch a Nature program and I have to stop, the inevitable outcome is that the animals or area being studied is in such a steep decline that there is nothing that can be done to save them.  Not so with the beavers.  This realistic, Beavers_Infographic-Final1but optimistic look at the world of beaver rescue and rehabilitationm gave me hope.  Beavers are amazing aquatic animals.  The dams they create do far more good than not.  Leave it to Beavers, which is available on DVD from the library, highlights how beavers can transform and revitalize landscapes.  They can help keep water where it should be and lower the temperature in the high desert area where they build their dams.

Leave it to Beavers showcases a hairdresser in Denver who rescues beavers and a Canadian wildlife biologist who rehabilitates injured beavers.   The interactions between the beavers and the rescuers and rehabilitators are heartwarming.  But I think the best part of all of Leave it to Beavers was the peek that viewers were afforded when we were able to see how the beaver family lived during the winter.  The camera showed not only a family of beavers, including the new kits, but a pair of muskrats, a family of deer mice, frogs and aquatic insects.  The beaver lodge is a very warm and welcoming abode for a long winters stay.  Here’s a clip from Leave it to Beavers to pique your interest.   And if you want to learn more about Earth Day, the Iowa City Public Library has shelves of materials to make the earth a better place for all of us, people and animals alike.

Great Picture Books to Celebrate Earth Day!

by Angela Pilkington on April 20th, 2016

Help your little one celebrate and learn more about our planet for Earth Day coming up this Friday, April 22nd! While I believe we should celebrate Earth Day everyday, books are a great way to help kids learn about it in an exciting and relatable way! Here is a great list of earth friendly picture books to honor this day with your child through reading:

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Take Care of The Earth Everyday by Tammy Gagne.   While not a picture book, it is a short book showing how Earth is our home and how to care for it on a daily basis, including recycling, planting trees, and caring for plants and animals.

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The Earth Book by Todd Parr.  A great book that is simple and gives clear examples for how to save the earth as well as easy to understand reasons for why we need to.

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Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland.  This book about a bear who hugs everything in sight is sure to elicit giggles from young audiences, but it also has an important message about preservation.

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10 Things I can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh.  This super child-friendly book has beautifully die-cut pages filled with ways that even young children can help the environment, from planting seeds to turning off the lights when they leave a room.

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Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington.  This book introduces to little ones what it means to be green with Gabby and her grandma who have a ‘green day’ together.

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The Green Mother Goose : Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time by Jan Peck.  Mother Goose has gone green-and this playful picture book invites kids to join the fun. These are delightful “recycled” rhymes, perfect for Earth Day.

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Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. Michael Recycle tells the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling. The rhyming text and a child superhero is perfect for reading aloud together.

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The Little Recycler by Jan Gerardi. This board book makes the concept of recycling fun and exciting for your little ones, and there’s plenty of machinery interest for those little engineers!

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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Last, but not least, the classic Dr. Seuss book that is synonymous with Earth Day. Even though is a long read, is a perfect story on the importance of taking care of our place no matter how big or small you are.

Remember to make Earth Day everyday!

ICPL to host Teen Earth Day event

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 6th, 2016

Teens, you can make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Iowa City Public Library clean up local parks.

We’ll meet in the Koza Family Teen Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Your parents must sign a liability form in order for you to participate. This form will be available in the Teen Center. We’ll walk to a park together and clean until 2:30 p.m. All clean up materials will be provided. We’ll have refreshments, too. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

This program is open to students in seventh through 12th grades. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their work.

Call the Library at 319-356-5200 for more information.

 

ICPL to screen DamNation on April 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 15th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with a screening of DamNation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.EarthDayFilm

Winner of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Choice Award in the Documentary Spotlight category, DamNation explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Dams were created to control seasonal flooding, create recreational lakes, and generate power, but by doing so, entire ecosystems were changed or destroyed. Now, as obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life as native species return to their primeval spawning grounds after decades without access.

Named the Best Conservation Film at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival and winner of the Environmental Advocacy Award at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, DamNation has been praised as “ … quick, smart doc on the natural havoc dams cause.”

Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, this 87-minute film will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by ECO Iowa City. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.