The massive oil spill on April 20th has presented each one of us with a lot of questions, many of them unanswerable... but it has also left a lot of us asking ourselves questions about our lifestyle and how we impact what is happening so very far away.
Here at the library, we are fortunate to have many 'green-centered' librarians on staff, who encourage the rest of us to recycle, reduce waste, and to think about how we can serve the public in a more environmentally friendly way. You may have noticed the many recycling bins that we provide for batteries, cell phones, eye glasses, computer discs, and many other things in addition to the regular plastic bag recycling bin in the lobby. In addition, two years ago, we replaced the plastic bags we used to give out with reusable bags that you can purchase for a dollar. These are the little things we do here at the library to make our world a greener place.
While we, as adults, can understand the impacts of a catastrophic oil spill such as the one on the Deepwater Horizon, children may not be able to understand both the pictures of hurt animals they see on the news and also the impact this may have on their future. If your kids are asking questions, they aren't alone... so why make them feel that way? We are all asking questions right now. The best thing to do is to seek out answers, and what better place to look than at the library. We may not have all of the answers about what is happening down in the gulf, but we can definitely help answer questions such as: How does this happen? What can we do to help? How do they get the oil out of the water? How do they save the animals? and much more.
Let us know how we can help you!