Where to donate shoes

Thank you for participating in our successful shoe drive. We are no longer accepting shoes, but here are some places where you can drop off your old footwear for reuse or recycling:

  • USagain drop-box:  7-11, 2800 W. Dundee Rd., Northbrook
  • USagain drop-box:  Empire Szechwan, 3580 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
  • Goodwill:  4131 E. Dundee Rd., Northbrook


Sapling Giveaway

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 12 to14

Honor your mother and mother earth by planting a tree this Mother's Day. The library is giving away free oak saplings courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). First come, first served until the trees are gone. A drawing to win a free rain barrel from MWRD will be held on Friday!


Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22 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 exhibitors from 9am to noon.
  • 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; limit 10 gal.)
  • Molded styrofoam
  • Tires (limit 4)
  • CFL and tube fluorescent bulbs
  • Printer cartridges
  • Household batteries
  • Computers, TVs, electronics
  • New and used household goods (donated to Goodwill)
  • Documents for shredding
  • Bicycles
  • Dental products
  • Potato chip bags


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.



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