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Lighting Tips for Darker Days

Tue, 10/06/2015

As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Here are some tips from EarthShare to lighten the energy load while keeping your home bright:

Celebrate Forest Preserves

Thu, 09/10/2015

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a calendar of 100 events from September 20 to 27.

Events in Northbrook include:

Energy-Saving Tip

Fri, 07/24/2015

By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning coffee.

From 50 Ways to Help the Planet.

Northbrook Yards Tour

Mon, 06/29/2015

Go Green Northbrook is sponsoring a tour of local yards that are healthy habitats for all living creatures -- kids, pets, birds, butterflies and pollinators. The tour will feature rain gardens, local species gardens, composting, food gardens, native plants and trees, and natural lawns.

A guide to the yards has been posted at the Go Green Northbrook website.

Saturday, July 18 from 1pm to 4pm

Farmers Market now open on Wednesdays

Wed, 06/17/2015

Shop for locally grown produce and other locally made goods at the Northbrook Farmers Market every Wednesday from 7am to 1pm until October 14. The market is located at the corner of Cherry and Meadow.

Looking for recipes to make with your purchases? Take a look at our From Your Farmers Market board on Pinterest for ideas.

Donate Your Used Greeting Cards

Fri, 05/29/2015

Recycle your used greeting cards for a good cause. The library is collecting cards to send to St. Jude’s Ranch – an organization that helps abused and at-risk children. The children will use the covers to make new cards to sell to support the program.

Birthday and Thank You cards are especially needed. 

Drop off your cards in the bin by the elevator and stairs in the lobby during the month of June.

Northbrook Grows Green

Fri, 04/24/2015

How does your garden grow? Show us and qualify to win a prize! Send a photo of what you’re doing to prepare your garden or anything you’ve managed to grow so far – outdoors or inside.

Photos will be displayed in the library and on our Pinterest board, and a prize drawing for a selection of gardening supplies will be held at the end of May.

Earth Day and Arbor Day

Tue, 04/14/2015

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with activities at the Village Green Park in Northbrook on Saturday, April 25.


Green Gardening Tips

Wed, 03/18/2015

Now that spring is finally here, it's time to start planning and preparing your garden. These tips can help you make your garden grow green in an environmentally friendly way.


Green Car & Driving Tips

Tue, 02/17/2015

Are you buying a new car or looking for ways to make your current car and driving habits more environmentally friendly? Greener Cars is a great place to start.

To find the car that's best for you and for the environment, search their interactive database of 15,000 car models from 2000-2015, with ratings based on emissions and fuel economy.

Greener Cars top rated cars of 2015: