Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Irish Tweed by Andrew Greeley

‘Tis a fine tale indeed, it is. Nuala Anne McGrail is at it again.

In the newest novel from Andrew Greeley the irresistible problem-solver from Connemara warns her loyal, loving husband, Dermot Michael Coyne, that someone is out to do the Coyne family harm. You see, Nuala Anne is a wee bit fey (an Irish term for clairvoyant). She can sense something happening before it does. Nuala Anne and her large Chicago Irish family have had many adventures that always involve searching historical records.

In this tale, bullies have taken over her children’s school yard. Someone attempts to murder the nice young man from Ireland who is courting the Coyne’s nanny.

Old country feuds and new world politics are involved with the mystery. The mystery, of course, is all sorted out but the sorting out makes for an excellent read.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Why Should I Recycle Garbage? and Why Shouldn't I drop Litter? by M. J. Knight

This week I decided to contribute to the green file.

Several new books have arrived in the library recently that help children find ways to be more green.

M. J. Knight has written 2 books, entitled Why Should I Recycle Garbage?, and Why Shouldn't I Drop Litter?

Both of these books are colourful, fun to read, and full of relevant, timely information. Of course there are statistics to help us understand the breadth of the problem in North America. Such as:

In Canada, households throw away about 14 million tons of garbage per year, that works out to 2/5ths of a ton per person. Plastic grocery bags take 400 - 1,000 years to decompose. A piece of gum costs 9 cents to buy and $1.50 - $3.00 to clean up. One thing that surprised me was the amount of damage that is being done to the environment by thrown away cell phones.

These books offer suggestions for things anyone can do to reduce the garbage in our landfills. The book looks at ways to use the 3 Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and offers practical suggestions for kids, like, bringing lunch in a reuseable plastic box, bringing beverages in refillable plastic bottles, when shopping, use reusable cloth grocery bags, and by recycling paper, metal, glass, plastic, batteries, computers and cell phones. Each section has an “I can Make a Difference” note with practical tips.

These books are a great starting point for all of us to become more active in doing our part to reduce the 2/5ths of a ton of garbage that we each produce.