Earth Day 2018

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We only have one planet to live on. Explore our world now, and a future that could possibly happen if we don't take care of it, in these great reads to honor Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. 


Jeff VanderMeer
Description: Area X -- a remote and lush terrain -- has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers -- they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding -- but it's the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.
Call Number: FIC Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Lev AC. Rosen
Description: "Combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can't possibly be real--but that won't stop the city's most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Frances Moore Lappé
Call Number: 304.28 Lap
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Suzanne Weyn
Description: When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.
Call Number: YA FIC Wey
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
John Payne, Lynn Reist, Derek Reeves, Greg Chew, Graeme Jokic
Description: Franklin is overly excited to lead the Nature Nuts in an Earth Day clean-up. As his team dwindles to one - himself - he realizes that his overzealousness isn't accomplishing anything.
Call Number: Children
Format: DVD
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
M. (Marci) Peschke, Tuesday Mourning
Description: Earth Day is coming, and Kylie Jean and the other second graders decide that the perfect way to celebrate is to clean up and beautify the school playground--and the whole town.
Call Number: J FIC Pes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Michael J Caduto, Joseph Bruchac, ill Ka-Hon-Hes, Carol Wood
Description: A selection of traditional tales from various Indian peoples each accompanied by instructions for related activities dealing with aspects of the environment.
Call Number: J 398.2 Cad
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael P. Nelson
Description: "An anthology bringing together the testimony of over eighty theologians, religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturists, activists, and writers to present a diverse and compelling call to honor humans' moral responsibility to the planet in the face of environmental degradation and global climate change"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 179.1 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Eden H Wurmfeld, Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein, Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin
Description: Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers.
Call Number: 363.7 No
Format: DVD
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Richard Ellis
Call Number: 576.84 Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Margaret Atwood
Description: As the story opens, the narrator, who calls himself Snowman, is sleeping in a tree, wearing a dirty old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beautiful and beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. In a world in which science-based corporations have recently taken mankind on an uncontrolled genetic-engineering ride, he now searches for supplies in a wasteland. Insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the Pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is Snowman left with nothing but his bizarre memories -- alone except for the more-than-perfect, green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster? He explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes -- into his own past and back to Crake's high-tech bubble dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.
Call Number: LP FIC Atw
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
David Attenborough, British Broadcasting Corporation, Warner Home Video (Firm)
Description: A stunning 11-part series that captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.
Call Number: 333.954 Pla
Format: DVD
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Jason Chin
Description: A young city boy, riding the subway, finds an abandoned book about redwoods. He finds himself in the very forest described in the book. After finishing the book, he leaves it for someone else to read.
Call Number: E Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Keltie Thomas, Belle Wuthrich, Kathy Boake
Description: The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m). Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area's projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action. Key issues in today's news will be better understood, such as the 2015 Paris Protocol in which the world agreed to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 degree).
Call Number: J 551.458 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Rob Ziegler
Description: It''s the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants -starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in desert wastelands and encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses.
Call Number: FIC Zie
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Jane Goodall, Gail E Hudson
Description: "Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world"--Provided by the publisher
Call Number: 580 Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Rachel Carson
Call Number: 632.9 Car 2002
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Vanessa Farquharson
Call Number: 333.72 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Jerdine Nolen, Michelle Henninger
Description: "It's springtime on Bradford Street and twins Jada and Jamal Perkins are helping their parents with yardwork as they look for signs of spring, When their teacher tells them about the town's plans to plant new trees at school in celebration of Earth Day, Jada and Jamal and their best friends, Carlita and Josh, come up with a school beautification project of their own"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Ei Nol
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Laline Paull, Orlagh Cassidy, Harper Audio (Firm), Blackstone Audio
Description: Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as dangerous, but her courage and strength an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.
Call Number: FIC Pau
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Alastair Fothergill, David Attenborough, George Fenton, British Broadcasting Corporation, Warner Home Video (Firm)
Description: "Tidal seas--The sun and moon move billions of tons of water with every turn of the tide. The strongest tides empty entire bays, smash trees on riverbanks, and strand sea creatures on suddenly dry land. Weaker tides controlthe movements of huge numbers of fish, coaxing schools of giant stingrays through astounding underwater arches. And as the water recedes, the tide can create unbelievable landscapes--like a sparkling world of salt crystals inhabited only by tiny shrimp and bright pink flamingos."--Container."Coasts--From rocky cliffs to gentle dunes, the coasts are always changing. Day in and day out, they are battered by crashing waves. Seabirds come here by the thousands to nest, while baby turtles hatch and race to the sea, pursued by hungry predators. Young sea lion pups are born and play on the sand--until a killer whale attacks, crashing in on the surf. But when breeding season is over, life returns to the sea and the shores are empty once again."--Container.
Call Number: 591.77 Blu v.4
Format: DVD
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Description: Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres.
Call Number: 333.783 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Richard Louv
Description: How can human beings get smarter and more creative, heal illness, boost immunity, broaden compassion, and strengthen bonds with each other? Supported by emerging research evidence and revealing anecdotes, Richard Louv presents a compelling case that a conscious reconnection to nature can make people whole again.
Call Number: 128 Lou
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Elizabeth Kolbert, Anne Twomey
Description: Provides an account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
Call Number: 576.84 Kol
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Nancy F. Castaldo
Description: "With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling--of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: YA 581.467 Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
Wangari Maathai
Call Number: B Maa
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2018
Tim F. Flannery, Sally M Walker
Call Number: 363.7387 Fla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2018
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Area X : The Southern Reach Trilogy
Jeff VanderMeer
FIC Van
Seed
Rob Ziegler
FIC Zie
Depth
Lev AC. Rosen
FIC Ros
Seeds Of Hope: Wisdom And Wonder From The World Of Plants
Jane Goodall, Gail E Hudson
580 Goo
Ecomind: Changing The Way We Think, To Create The World We Want
Frances Moore Lappé
304.28 Lap
Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
632.9 Car 2002
Empty
Suzanne Weyn
YA FIC Wey
Sleeping Naked Is Green: How An Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, And Found Love In 366 Days
Vanessa Farquharson
333.72 Far
Franklin And Friends: Franklin's Earth Day [DVD]
John Payne, Lynn Reist, Derek Reeves, Greg Chew, Graeme Jokic
Children
Springtime Blossoms
Jerdine Nolen, Michelle Henninger
Ei Nol
Green Queen
M. (Marci) Peschke, Tuesday Mourning
J FIC Pes
The Bees [Audiobook]
Laline Paull, Orlagh Cassidy, Harper Audio (Firm), Blackstone Audio
FIC Pau
Keepers Of The Earth: Native American Stories And Environmental Activities For Children
Michael J Caduto, Joseph Bruchac, ill Ka-Hon-Hes, Carol Wood
J 398.2 Cad
The Blue Planet, Seas Of Life. [4], Tidal Seas [And] Coasts [DVD]
Alastair Fothergill, David Attenborough, George Fenton, British Broadcasting Corporation, Warner Home Video (Firm)
591.77 Blu v.4
Moral Ground : Ethical Action For A Planet In Peril
Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael P. Nelson
179.1 Mor
The National Parks : America's Best Idea : An Illustrated History
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
333.783 Dun
No Impact Man [DVD]
Eden H Wurmfeld, Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein, Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin
363.7 No
The Nature Principle: Human Restoration And The End Of Nature-deficit Disorder
Richard Louv
128 Lou
No Turning Back : The Life And Death Of Animal Species
Richard Ellis
576.84 Ell
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History [Audiobook]
Elizabeth Kolbert, Anne Twomey
576.84 Kol
Oryx And Crake: A Novel [Large Print]
Margaret Atwood
LP FIC Atw
The Story Of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden To Your Plate, And How There's More Of Less To Eat Around Thr World
Nancy F. Castaldo
YA 581.467 Cas
Planet Earth: The Complete Series [DVD]
David Attenborough, British Broadcasting Corporation, Warner Home Video (Firm)
333.954 Pla
Unbowed : A Memoir
Wangari Maathai
B Maa
Redwoods
Jason Chin
E Chi
We Are The Weather Makers: The History Of Climate Change
Tim F. Flannery, Sally M Walker
363.7387 Fla
Rising Seas : Flooding, Climate Change And Our New World
Keltie Thomas, Belle Wuthrich, Kathy Boake
J 551.458 Tho