President to Address Nation on BP Oil Catastrophe

With the BP oil disaster in the Gulf reaching epic proportions, President Obama will be visiting Alabama, Mississippi and Florida today, and plans an Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, MSNBC reports.

The partially contained leak is now believed to be as much as 40,000 barrels per day — previous estimates were much lower — and oil is beginning to come ashore as far away as Florida.  If the true extent of the still unfolding disaster was unclear before, the grim polluting of Pensacola’s beautiful white sands this last week leaves little doubt that the Gulf faces an event of unprecedented magnitude.

You can view BP’s live video feed of the leak here.

One possible positive outcome from this disaster may be a heightened awareness of environmental issues.  I know that as I’ve read a book on England’s anti-technology, machine-smashing Luddite movement of the early 19th century during the last couple of weeks, I’ve again and again been reminded of how our thirst for petroleum has brought us to the brink of self-destruction and wondered if Americans didn’t need something like a neo-Luddite movement of their own.

If you’d like to learn more about environmentalism, the Green Movement, sustainability and conservation, please keep in mind that Greensboro Public Library has lots of books which may interest you.  Here are just a few recent titles:  True Green Life in 100 Everyday Ways by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin; Shift Your Habit:  Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rogers with Colleen Howell; S is for Save the Planet:  A How-to-be Green Alphabet by Brad Herzog (juvenile); Whole Green Catalog:  1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth, edited by Michael W. Robbins; Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living:  Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-conscious Life by Ed Begley; Green Guide Families:  The Complete Reference for Eco-friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella; Do One Green Thing:  Save the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker; Protecting the Planet:  Environmental Activism by Pamela Dell (juvenile); Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging:  My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action by Mike Roselle with Josh Mahan; True Green Kids:  100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (juvenile); A Passion for Nature:  The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster; Essential Muir, edited with an introduction by Fred D. White; and The Essential Green You: Easy Ways to Detox Your Diet, Your Body, and Your Life by Deirdre Imus. 

Also, please know that resources on the environment and conservation are a specialty of our Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, located at beautiful Price Park.

Earth Day Celebration Coming Up at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch

Earth Day Celebration at
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library

Saturday, April 10
1 – 5 pm
1420 Price Park Rd.
The Library’s Annual Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 from 1 – 5 pm at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library.  Fun for the whole family, this year’s celebration includes live animals, hay rides, nature walks, geocaching, gardening and nature exhibits, entertainment, nature crafts, alternative vehicles, eco-art, solar and technology displays and much more.  All activities are free and open to the public.
As a warm-up to the Earth Day Celebration, everyone is invited to participate in the Great American Cleanup from 9 am to noon on April 10.  Sponsored by Greensboro Beautiful, the Cleanup takes place throughout the city. Individuals, groups and families are encouraged to show their respect for the environment and our city by helping clean up Greensboro.  To participate, contact Lynne Leonard at Greensboro Beautiful (373-2199 or lynne.leonard@)  The event is sponsored by Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library and Field Operations.
To learn more about the Earth Day Celebration, contact Kathleen Clay Library at 373-2923.  For more information on Library programs and resources visit our website at

Nature Photography Contest at the Library

We’ve had lots of winter weather recently, and Spring may not seem close at hand, but here at the Kathleen Clay Branch we’ve already made plans for our annual Earth Day Celebration on April 10th. As part of the celebration we feature a Nature Photography Contest, and this year we’re opening it up to all grades, Kindergarten through 12th. The only requirement for the photographs is that they should depict nature in Guilford County.

The deadline for submissions is March 17th, and you must deliver your photo to the Kathleen Clay Branch between 6 pm and 9 pm. To enter the contest, put a 4×6 photo in a sealed envelope along with an index card including the student’s name, address, telephone number, school, and grade level.  Also include a title for the photo, and the location in Guilford County where you shot it. Deliver your photograph early, because only the first hundred photos in each category (Elementary, Middle, and High School) will be accepted! (For more information about Earth Day and detailed rules for the contest, see the library website.)

When our Earth Day celebration rolls around on April 10th, we will put all the photos on display, and the contest winners will be those who receive the most votes. So come by between 1 pm and 4 pm to vote for your favorite, and encourage your friends to come as well! There will be prizes for the first and second place winners in each age category.

If you’re looking for inspiration or help with your technique, check out some of these books that we have at the library: National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography by Rob Sheppard; Galen Rowell : a retrospective  compiled by the Sierra Club, Hugh Morton, North Carolina Photographer, Carolina Nature : a Photographer’s View of the Natural World in the Carolinas by Eric Horan,  John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, and Essential Skills for Nature Photography by Cub Kahn.