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Going green at the Lyons Public Library

Words such as “sustainability” and “environmentally friendly” beset our vocabularies at every turn these days. Fortunately, libraries are advocates and allies of the green movement. The Lyons Public Library encourages knowledge and activities that make positive impacts on the planet and people.

If you are looking for a place to read and enjoy the outdoors, the Lyons Public Library has a green space on the south side of the building where people can relax, read and enjoy nature and the weather. The space is landscaped with plants, flowers, shrubs and two new trees.

The Lyons Public Library has been a recycling drop-off point for regular household batteries for some time now. In addition, we now accept items such as computers, copiers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, cameras, fans, radios, VHS tapes and more.

There also is an ongoing Friends of the Library sale of books, magazines and used furniture at the Lyons Public Library. Rather than throwing out used items, libraries typically have ongoing or periodic sales of these items. We also have a valued patron who brings old library books and magazines to the Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital. The gratitude from those at the hospital has been overwhelming. 

The Lyons Public Library just completed an all-encompassing lighting project that changed our lighting from old, wasteful lamps and ballasts to high output with low wattage fixtures and bulbs. Another change in energy efficiency (and safety) implemented by the Lyons Public Library comes in the form of new energy efficient, tempered safety glass windows on the south side of the building.

Programs and books at the Lyons Public Library also have been earth conscious whenever possible. New books featuring topics such as recycling and energy efficiency are constantly being purchased, and the Lyons Public Library recently had an Earth Day program for children about the environment. 

Libraries everywhere are working with library users and communities to promote an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. 

“Sustainable” is a word that refers to our planet and our libraries. 

Remember, your journey starts here!

Dan Powers is the director of the Lyons Public Library

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