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Bees Fascinate and Inspire
Cover Art Learn about the components of a bee-friendly yard at Minneapolis Central Library on Thursday, August 21. Register online or phone 612-543-8000. Crystal Boyd, an entomologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss our state's native bees. She will describe bee research, recent pollinator legislation and components of a bee-friendly backyard. Reception 6:30-7 p.m. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. After the presentation, view the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium exhibit in Cargill Hall and watch artists demonstrate botanical painting techniques.
Presented in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
 
posted Jul 23, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Live at the Library: Plumbing Basics
Cover Art Learn to repair minor plumbing problems at the Minnetonka Library on Tuesday, July 22, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Register online or call 612-543-5725. We'll take apart different types of faucets, discuss the internal working parts of a toilet, and see a soldering demo. Can't make it? Look at a calendar of additional dates the Lab is offered.
 
posted Jul 5, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Perennial Flower Gardening
Cover Art Come to the Excelsior Library on Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m., to learn how to grow and care for plants that bloom year afer year. Register online or phone 612-543-6350 to register.
 
posted Apr 28, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Start Your Garden!
Cover Art On Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.,come to the Roosevelt Library to learn the basics of vegetable gardening: site selection, soil preparation, terrain features, planting, upkeep, fertilizers, common pests, diseases, techniques to reduce the need for pesticides, as well as how to garden in small spaces. Register Online or call 612-543-6700.
 
posted Apr 16, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Cover Art You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. At the Penn Lake Library, on Saturday, April 5, learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. Register online or call 612-543-5800.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 
posted Apr 3, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets
Cover Art Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Adults are invited to the Ridgedale Library on Monday, April 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Materials provided. Register online or call 612-543-8800. This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.

 
posted Mar 31, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Needlecrafts for Men and Women
Cover Art Nokomis Library's Fearless and Friendly Knitting Group is for men and women at all skill levels. Wednesdays, March 26, April 9 & 23, May 13 & 27, make new friends while creating your own handmade masterpieces! Drop in, or stay the whole time. Learn how to knit or practice new techniques. Bring your own needles and yarn, please. Other needlecrafts welcome!
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.
 
posted Mar 21, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Spring Gardening
Cover Art A little spring planning is rewarded with fruit and veggies and success in the garden. On Monday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Rogers Library, learn about companion planting, which seeds and plants can be planted in cool weather and which need warm soils and air temps, disease resistance, strategies for dealing with weeds, mulch and compost. Register Online or call 612-543-6050. Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library.
 
posted Mar 17, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Butterflies Close Up
Cover Art What plants attract butterflies? Come to the Augsburg Park Library on Tuesday, March 18, to find out how to select plants for adult and larval feeding, which ultimately encourages the establishment of butterfly species and their return to your garden year after year. Register online or call 612-543-6200. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.

 
posted Mar 13, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Research Your New Home Town
Cover Art Do you plan on moving to a new town? In ProQuestNewsstand, you can read top stories as well as information contained in the various sections of newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Greenwich Time, Sun Sentinel. The database index helps you quickly find the news information you need, including people, companies, products, etc.
 
posted Feb 6, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Energy Summit - Feb. 6 - St. Paul
Cover Art The Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition will host an energy summit called “Making Connections: Energy Trends and Our Vital Local Economy” on Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dakota Lodge, Thompson County Park in West Saint Paul. The event will feature decision makers from local government to uncover the trends in the way we produce, distribute, and use energy. Bill Grant, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, will provide a Minnesota Energy Policy Update and Lena Hansen of Rocky Mountain Institute will give the keynote address. Panels of energy experts will discuss policy and implementation. The summit agenda and registration information are available at https://mepc2014.eventbrite.com.
 
posted Jan 29, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Carbon Offsets
Cover Art A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gases. Find recent updates Opposing Viewpoints In Context, an online resource helping students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data.
 
posted Jan 7, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Winter Preparations
Cover Art As temperatures drop, utility bills can climb - use this action guide to get your home ready for winter! Joining the Minnesota Energy Challenge leads to a few of the fun and easy things you can do to save energy, money, and the environment.
 
posted Dec 10, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Fabric Holiday Decorations
Cover Art Come to Westonka Library, on December 2 & 9, 4-6 p.m. to learn and/or share techniques for creating unique holiday decorations in fabric. Bring your own fabric, thread, needles, glue and scissors (optional).
 
posted Nov 27, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Reputable symbols of quality American poultry
Cover Art The USDA has grade standards for Poultry products similar to those for beef. Learn what the various grades mean, as well as what poultry options are available, on the USDA blog.
 
posted Nov 18, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Saving Money, the Planet, and Your Sanity
On Saturday, Nov. 16, join us at the Penn Lake Library for pictures, practical tips and philosophical keys to a joyfully frugal life.Speaker Holly Jorgensen has a green lifestyle, filled with creatively recycled goods and unique experiences. She has found financial freedom while enriching her life and living lightly on the earth. Register online or call 612-543-5800.
 
posted Nov 13, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Gluten-Free Recipes and Cooking Tips
Cover Art On Tues., Nov. 12, stop at the Ridgedale Library to hear Janice Cox, Registered Dietitian for Lunds and Byerly's, clear up confusion about gluten, share tips for shopping and cooking gluten-free, and provide recipes. Register for this event online or by phone.
 
posted Oct 28, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Lawn Care - Positives for You and for the Environment
Cover Art Fall lawn care maintenance is inevitable. According to the University of Minnesota, planting Sustainability, as it relates to lawns, can be defined as a lawn area that requires few material inputs while having a positive impact on the environment.
 
posted Oct 12, 2013 by .Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes
Cover Art On October 5, at 2 p.m., learn tips and techniques for making creative costumes at Augsburg Park Library. Embellish ordinary garments with decorative touches and accessories made from household items that might otherwise be recycled or tossed.
Sponsored by Friends of the Augsburg Park Library.
 
posted Sep 18, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Home Energy Savings
Cover Art Want to save money on your utility bills, be more comfortable in your home and help out the planet? On Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Library, specialists from the Center for Energy and Environment will teach energy-saving tips, answer questions surrounding energy consumption and set you up with a customized home energy visit. You'll leave with the tools to improve your home's energy use. Presented in partnership with Center for Energy and Environment.
 
posted Sep 12, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

2013 Energy Legislation Update
Cover Art The 2013 Minnesota Legislature set several new policies intended to boost the state’s distributed generation, defined as the generation of electricity on-site or close to where it is needed in small facilities designed to meet local needs. Learn about state legislative progress toward meeting goals on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website: Value of Solar Tariff, Made in Minnesota Solar Incentives, Energy Studies, and Commerce-led Stakeholder Processes.
 
posted Sep 3, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Landscaping - Do It Yourself
Cover Art Library databases, such as MasterFile Premier, can help research and plan do-it-yourself methods for maintaining or improving your home's curb appeal. You'll gain access to thousands of periodicals and reference books on subjects such as lawn care, flower beds, shrubbery, and soil.
 
posted Aug 26, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Needlecrafters Wanted
Cover Art On August 27, the Nokomis Library invites men and women of all ages to bring your own needles and yarn (or other needlecrafts) to the Fearless and Friendly Knitting group. You'll make new friends while creating your own handmade masterpieces! Learn how to knit or practice new techniques.
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.
 
posted Aug 19, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Access Is More Fashionable Than Ownership
Cover Art Sharing, lending, bartering, trading and swapping goods builds trust between strangers, and disrupts patterns of consumer behavior, says an article in a new, local magazine called Thirty Two.
 
posted Aug 5, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Will Cycling Catch On?
Cover Art The StarTribune and MinnPost highlight U. S. cities' plans to move away from autocentric transportation. Cycling essentially leaves no carbon footprint.
 
posted Jul 19, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

The People's Garden
Cover Art In 2009 The People's Garden was started as a challenge to USDA employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It's a rather neat idea; as the website notes, "the simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire locally-led solutions to challenges facing our country." On the site, visitors can learn about the various gardens at USDA sites, check out recipes, and find a myriad of gardening resources. The Latest Blogs area contains links to recent updates from member gardens on subjects that include cotton cultivation, key plant pollinators, and success stories from around the United States. Visitors can use the Find a garden in your area option to find their own local garden. Finally, users will want to read the story of the Abraham Lincoln tomato, which is the heirloom variety created by the W. H. Buckbee seed company of Rockford, Illinois.
 
posted Jul 2, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Online Garage Sale: Craigslist
Cover Art More than 60 million people in the U.S. alone use Craigslist for local classifieds and forums. It's community moderated, and largely free. Besides selling household goods, you'll find listings for jobs, housing, services, romance, local activities, and advice.
 
posted Jun 19, 2013 by Craig B. Category: Home/Garden

Green Pages - City of Minneapolis
Cover Art Minneapolis Public Works provides many services that help residents support sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. The department seeks to make its operations easier on the environment through partnership and innovation.
 
posted May 19, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Minnesota Grown Directories @ Your Library
Cover Art The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s The Minnesota Grown Directory giveaways have arrived in libraries. “Buy direct or spend the day at one of 970 Minnesota farms, markets, wineries & garden centers.”
 
posted May 16, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

File For Electrical Permits Online
Cover Art Homeowners and trades professionals can create and pay for permits online at the Department of Labor and Industry's (DLI) eTrakit system. Track current and historical permits, review inspection results and pay fees in a matter of minutes.
 
posted May 12, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Crafty Minnesota: Omiyage Envelopes
Cover Art Stitch a card-holder envelope in the Kawaii (cute) Japanese style, using wood felt and hand embroidery. Makes beautiful one-of-a-kind gift wrap or use it to store your library card. Materials provided. For adults. Registration required.
Sat., May 11, 3-5 pm - Nokomis Library.
Thurs., May 16, 7-9 pm - St. Louis Park Library.

 
posted Apr 30, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Author McCorkle is self-described "nester"
Cover Art While writing her new novel, "Life After Life", Jill McCorkle drew on childhood memories in her hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina. In a New York Times article, the author tells of her return to the South.
 
posted Apr 30, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Clean Energy- Opposing Viewpoints
Cover Art Is the United States at risk of being left out of the clean energy race? How important is the CES standard? Browse this issue and more in Opposing Viewpoints .
 
posted Apr 1, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

What's A "Pulse"?
Cover Art Pulses are a healthy alternative to animal protein. According to the USDA, peas and lentils are fat-free and chickpeas are a low fat protein source. Browse the recipe section of the website USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council for plenty of easy-to-prepare and inexpensive lunch, dinner and even dessert options.
 
posted Mar 4, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Fluorescent light bulbs: Use them, recycle them.
Cover Art The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency states that, because they contain mercury, fluorescent bulbs of all shapes and sizes (compact fluorescents, fluorescent tubes, and high-intensity discharge bulbs used for exterior lighting) from households must be recycled to avoid polluting the environment and posing a health threat. Never throw these bulbs in the trash—it’s illegal to do so.
 
posted Feb 25, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants
Cover Art As a follow-up to attending Hennepin County Library landscaping events, you may wish to read about landscaping with native plants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website.
 
posted Feb 18, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Best Plants for Tough Sites
Cover Art At Webber Park Library, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m., you can explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils with a Master Gardener. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 
posted Feb 11, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Fixit Clinic
Cover Art On Saturday, Feb. 9, noon–4 p.m., bring in an item to the Brookdale Library that needs fixing, and a volunteer with repair skills will help you troubleshoot, repair and save it from going into the trash. Volunteer tinkerers with skills in soldering, computer or electrical repair, sewing or woodworking who like teaching others should contact Nancy Lo at 612-348-9195.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services.
 
posted Feb 4, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Home Repair Tips
Cover Art Family Handyman's website features DIY projects for home repair including interior repairs, exterior repairs and vehicle repairs.
 
posted Jan 28, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Edible Landscapes
Cover Art Join a Master Gardener on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., at the East Lake Library, to learn the how-tos of edible landscaping. Fruits, vegetables, berries and edible flowers can easily become a part of your home landscape design. Registration required, begins Jan 22. Register online or call 612-543-8425. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 
posted Jan 21, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Cover Art On Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Champlin Library, a Master Gardener shares how you can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. Registration required; begins Jan. 15.
Register online or call 612-543-6250. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.

 
posted Jan 14, 2013 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden


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