Craft Swap returns in January

Don't throw away your unwanted craft supplies! We will be accepting donations for our annual craft swap on Friday, January 27 from 1:00 to 5:00pm and Saturday, January 28 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The swap is Sunday, January 29. If you donate materials, you'll get an early entry ticket for 1:30pm.


Food Waste Fair

Saturday, November 12 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Watch the documentary Just Eat It at 10:00am in the Auditorium. From 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Pollak Room and Lobby, there will be exhibits and demonstrations about cutting food waste:

  • Collective Resource composting pickup
  • Worm bin composting demonstration
  • Books on sale from the Book Bin
  • TED Talk video on food waste
  • Northfield Food Pantry information
  • Chicago Food Swap information
  • Go Green Northbrook information
  • Egg freshness test demonstation
  • How to make waste-free applesauce
  • Environmental Graphiti artwork on display


Climate Conscious

Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm, Pollak Room

Graduates of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Jennifer Linton and Barbara de Nekker, cut through the confusion and misconceptions about human-caused climate change to present the most current and accurate information.


Green Scene: The Future of Food

Monday, July 18 at 7pm

Join us to watch and discuss a documentary about the dangers of genetically modified food (GMO) and corporate farming, and learn how consumers can support sustainable agriculture.

Cosponsored by the Northbrook Library Green Team and Go Green Northbrook.


Bees at the Heller Nature Center

If you enjoyed our recent screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, you may be interested to learn more about bees and beekeeping. The Heller Nature Center in Highland Park has an apiary of 20 colonies of honey bees that school classes and families can visit for beekeeping programs. They extract and bottle honey every August.

For more information, call the Heller Nature Center at 847-433-6901.


World Environment Day at the Botanic Garden

Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, June 4 to celebrate World Environment Day. The garden is hosting a full schedule of activities for all ages including film screenings, ongoing demonstrations, educational displays, a lecture on climate, plant giveaways and more.

See the Chicago Botanic Garden site for a complete list of events and times.


Green Scene: Vanishing of the Bees

Monday, May 16 at 7pm in the Auditorium

Join us for the latest Green Scene as we watch an discuss the documentary Vanishing of the Bees.

"Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

"Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

"Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

"Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery." - From the film's official website.


12 Earth Day Tips

  1. Bring a reusable cup to the coffee shop.
  2. Carry a silverware pack to use instead of plastic cutlery at fast food restaurants.
  3. Say no to disposable bags!
  4. End junk mail! Opt out at Catalog Choice.
  5. Maintain a non-toxic lawn.
  6. Watch a documentary to learn about the issues:
  7. Go meat free one day a week.
  8. Reuse produce bags or bring a net bag to shop for fruits and vegetables.
  9. Turn your food scraps into fuel for your garden: Start a compost in your yard!
  10. Eat sustainable seafood using this handy guide.
  11. Walk or bike to places within 2 miles.
  12. Watch a TED talk to learn about the issues.


Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 16 from 8:30am to noon

Northbrook's annual Earth Day celebration will be held on the Village Green. Stop by the library's table and take part in other activities.

  • Volunteer to clean up debris and windblown trash around Northbrook.
    Register at 8:30am at the corner of Shermer and Meadow.
  • Learn about environmentally friendly products and ideas from over 50 exhibitors from 9am to noon.
  • Watch a ceremonial tree planting at 11am on the Walters Avenue parkway.
  • Enjoy food, live entertainment, pony rides, and children's activities.

You can also drop off the following items for recyling in the west commuter parking lot from 8am to noon:

  • Paint (oil and latex only - no thinners or solvents)
  • Molded styrofoam
  • Tires
  • CFL and tube fluorescent bulbs
  • Printer cartridges
  • Household batteries
  • Computers, TVs, electronics
  • New and used household goods (donated to Goodwill)
  • Documents for shredding
  • Bicycles


Weird Weather

On March 21st at 7pm, Joel Stauber will present "Weird Weather". Warm, wet winters, severe storms, and record heat waves. Climate change has arrived in our neighborhood and is affecting our sewer system, tree survival, energy grid, and more. Joel Stauber discusses ways each of us can mitigate the effects of weather variability.


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