Saturday, September 25, 2010

Talking Trash

Recently I had a conversation with a friend. She mentioned how informative a tour she took of the San Francisco landfill was and commented how neat it would be to have such things here. To her surprise, I told her that we do have them, that I've been on the tour, and the tours here, too, are really interesting and informative.

I bet that friend isn't the only one who is curious about what happens to our trash after the truck comes. So, if you are interested in learning about the local landfill, you can take a tour on the last Wednesday of the month every month. Tours are at 10, noon, and 2 pm. They appreciate RSVPs, and you can call (850-937-2160) with other questions. I guarantee you will walk away with lots of information about trash.

If you can't get away for a tour, you can read my blog post about my visit. You can also view a video about the landfill. For other information about the Perdido Landfill, visit their website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environmental Book Club

The environment continues to be a topic of discussion and debate. Many books have been written which can provide insight and ideas on environmental concerns, but sometimes it is better to have others with whom to discuss the books. If you'd like to discuss environmental books, consider joining the library's newest book club.

The environmental book club will kick off October 20 with a discussion of Silent Spring. The meetings will be held at Tryon library, and the first meeting might coincide with the installation of the gazebo in the park, providing the proper setting for discussing the natural world.

Meetings will be monthly on the third Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm. The schedule for the first reads is:

October 20 - Silent spring by Rachel Carson
November 17 - Last child in the woods by Richard Louv
December 15 - Rubbish! : the archaeology of garbage by William Rathje
January 19 - Green metropolis by David Owen.
February 16 - The song of the dodo by David Quammen
March 16 - Song for the blue ocean by Carl Safina

I hope this book club is of interest to you. If you'd like to be a part of it, please call Gabriela Galescu at 436-5060 ext. 2227 or email

Borrowing books from the library or a friend are ways to make this book club green beyond the topic. The library has (or will have) copies of all of these books, so check them out. The club is sponsored by the West Florida Regional Library and the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library.

I hope you will join the discussion.