Arbor day originated in Nebraska and is a day designated to celebrate the planting of trees. It’s not hard to believe the holiday would originate in Nebraska, as the majority of our trees have been planted by man.
Arbor day is celebrated on different days in different states, and in Nebraska it always falls on the last Friday in April. Our state tree is the Cottonwood. We have many resources available in the library concerning trees. Here are just a few:
- The Living Book of North American Trees by Gerald Jonas (582.16 JON)
- A-Z of Evergreen Trees and Shrubs (635.9 REA)
- Build Your Kids a Tree House by Philip Schmidt (690 SCH)
- Franklin Plants a Tree by Sharon Jennings (EF BOU)
- Mary Margaret’s Tree by Blair Drawson (EF DRA)
- The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein (EF SIL) click here to read a flash animation version
- And Many More!
The above animation is a film by Frederick Back based on the novel The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. It won an Academy Award in 1987 for best Short Animated Film, and is the touching story of a man who dedicates his life to planting a forest in order to enrich the quality of life.
Not so much based on any one book as inspired by an author, The Raven releases this Friday. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, we have many of Poe’s works available for checkout in both adult fiction and our literature nonfiction section.
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s (John Cusack) darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.
This Sunday is Earth Day and we have numerous resources to help you celebrate our good Earth! Why not watch a nature documentary? Or teach your kids about recycling with a book? Or make an earth friendly craft?
- Life BBC nature documentary (DVD 591.7 LIF)
- Planet Earth BBC nature documentary (DVD 591.7 PLA)
- Vanishing of the Bees documentary (DVD 638.1 VAN)
- Curious George Goes Green (DVD EF CUR)
Earth Day picture books for kids:
- I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn (EF ASH)
- Recycled! by Jillian Powell (EF POW)
- A Plastic Bottle’s Journey by Suzanne Slade (EF SLA)
- The Kid’s Environment Book: what’s awry and why by Anne Pderson (JUV 363.7 PED)
- Earth Day Birthday! by Maureen Wright (EF WRI)
Nature projects and activities:
- Keepers of the Earth: Native American stories and environmental activities for children (398.2 CAD)
- Baskets from Nature’s Bounty (746.41 JEN)
- Nature Crafts: outdoor magic using natural materials for creative crafts (JUV 745.5 LOH)
- Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 clever creations to spark your imagination (745.57 EDG)
- Stones and “Stuff” (JUV 745.5 LLI)
- Making Art with Sand and Earth (745.5 CHA)
- Trash to Treasure (745.5 TRA)
Books about green living:
- Llewellyn’s 2009 Green Living Guide (363.7 LLE)
- The Illustrated Green Guide (333.75 ILL)
- Going Green: a wise consumer’s guide to a shrinking planet (640 KNE)
- Greening Your Home: sustainable options for every system in your house (644 BEN)
Think Like A Man releases in theatres this weekend and is based on on the bestselling nonfiction book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. It spent quite a long time on Library Journal’s most checkout/requested list. In the book, Mr. Harvey presents advice that lets women inside the male mindset to reveal answers about spotting the right kind of man for a relationship, with questions to ask and tips about how to determine whether a man is independent, trustworthy, and mature. The movie is sure to be a funny one, and the book is available in our collection at 306.7 HAR.
Help us celebrate National Library Week by participating in our Library Trivia Contest. The winner will receive $25 in Chamber Bucks. Answers must be turned in at our circulation desk by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. We’ll have a total of 5 questions, one for each day of the week.
- Question 1: The book “At my Grandmother’s Tables” by Gregory Harris Christensen is a book written in honor of his grandmother. Who was Gregory’s grandmother and what Alliance business did she and her husband own for many years?
- Question 2: What is the name of the Alliance Public Library’s painting and who is the artist that created it?
- Question 3: Local resident Kevin Horn once wrote a book on some of his favorite memories. In it, Kevin states that there are two reasons David Humm is Kevin’s favorite Husker. What are those two reasons?
The final two questions will come later this week, so be sure to check back!
The library will be closed this Saturday in celebration of Easter. Also, due to Good Friday, the Brown Bag program will be next Friday, April 13th.
We wish you all a happy easter!