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The library's butterfly garden.

Growing Your Child’s Interest In Gardening

By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero Libraries and gardens are natural cousins — they both depend on collective effort; they are bedrocks of our communities; they bring people together; and they require a lot of weeding! A community garden can connect neighbors with each other through

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Life in the Center

By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Life is between bark and core. Tree rings show how new layers can grow around the outside of old layers. The hardened center acts as an anchor. And like those layers in a tree, our surroundings affect us. Humans have roots and leaves that absorb the nutrients we live in, forming new layers. The words

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Planet Under Pressure

By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

Our planet is undergoing a lot of pressure from its inhabitants. The energy industry is a culprit of releasing tons of toxic gases into the atmosphere. Branches of the energy industry include biofuels and oil. Biofuels seem like a clean alternative to dirtier industries like coal, but biomass creates harmful carbon dioxide and sulfur emissions

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What I See: Connecting with Nature

By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

We all live in ecosystems. Each ecosystem has diverse parts that can be similar and dissimilar to others. Together they create an environment that is interconnected and inter-affective. When we realize how these connections influence our individual activities, we’re prompted to want the best relationship within our environment as possible. There are two main partnerships

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A single leaf falling to the ground.

What I See: Observing the World Around Me

By: Saaniyah S., Teen Blogger

A leaf falls upon my window sill in my room. It gives me an idea and I look around. Sketchbook? Check. Wooden pencil? Check. Eraser? Check. With these things in hand, I wrap a sweater around me, step outside, and sit on my front porch. My next door neighbors are playing outside, the kids are

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