Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spotlight On – The Unitarian Universalist Church Social Action Committee Donation

--by Peg White
Recently, members of The Unitarian Universalist Church Of Southeastern Arizona's Social Action Committee visited the Copper Queen Library to inquire about donating materials to several of our collections. After much hard work on the parts of the SAC and the CQL, the following books became permanent parts of the Children's Collections:
Conserving Energy (Donna Bailey) (J 333.79 BAILEY)
Ages 9-12-- Part of a series which encourages readers to look carefully at their environment and to see how they can help to take care of it, this book focuses on conserving energy, identifying the problems of this environmental issue, and its possible solutions in the readers' everyday experience.

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean (Arthur Dorros) (J 551.48 DORROS)
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- An excellent presentation of introductory material about water. Addressing readers in the second-person "you," it clearly explains such terms as "brook," "stream," "river," and "delta," and illustrates such basic concepts as where water comes from, how it travels, and where it goes… from brooks, to streams, to rivers, over waterfalls, through canyons and dams, to eventually reach the ocean.

How Green Are You? (David Bellamy) (J 363.7 BELLAMY)
Ages 6-9-- An entertaining and informative introduction to environmental protection. A character known as the Friendly Whale defines basic terms; the letters of WHALE are used as an acronym for water, habitat, air, life, and energy. Pollutants affecting each of these elements are described. Most importantly, Bellamy suggests ways for readers to help save the planet and their friends, the whales. Projects suggested range from the simple (decorating boxes to hold recyclables, making a compost heap, growing bean sprouts) to the more ambitious (creating a backyard pond).

Pollution (Janine Amos, Brian McIntyre)
Ages 4-8-- Part of a series, this book looks at different types of pollution, their causes and their effects, and the preventative measures that can be taken. It shows the far-reaching effects of air, water and soil pollution, such as the greenhouse effect and acid rain, and how the demands of an ever-increasing world population perpetuate these problems. Alternative forms of energy and the design of environmentally-friendly products provide a positive look to the future.

Saving the Planet & Stuff (Gail Gauthier) (YA FIC GAUTHIER SAVING)
Grades 8-10--When 16-year-old Michael's summer job plans fizzle, he leaps at the next offer that comes along: helping in the office of a well-established environmental magazine while living with its founders, Walt and Nora, who are friends of his grandparents. Michael begins to think he's made a big mistake even before spending his first night in a spare bedroom packed with not-yet-recycled styrofoam, paper and plastic bags, boxes, and the like. During the next few weeks, though, he gets to know Walt and Nora and is drawn into the office politics that threaten the magazine's mission.

Why Should I Protect Nature? (Jen Green, Mike Gordon) (E GREEN)
Ages 4-8-- When children take a trip to the countryside, some of them are rowdy and careless, breaking tree branches and scattering trash. But if everyone acted that way, there would soon be no trees, no birds, and the fields would be ugly and unsafe for both animals and people. With amusing pictures and simple text, this book shows the importance of protecting nature.
Why Should I Recycle? (Jen Green, Mike Gordon) (E GREEN)
Ages 4-8-- What if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling.
Why Should I Save Energy? (Jen Green, Mike Gordon) (E GREEN)
Ages 4-8-- Children take electricity and other energy sources for granted, until one day their community has a power blackout. They come to realize that in lighting homes and keeping houses warm, we are using up natural resources that can’t be easily replaced. If we fail to save energy, a time may come when our homes will always be cold and dark. With amusing pictures and simple text, this book shows the importance of saving energy.

Why Should I Save Water? (Jen Green, Mike Gordon) (E GREEN)
Ages 4-8-- Children learn that clean water is one of our most precious natural resources. With amusing pictures and simple text, this book shows dozens of ways in which they and their families can avoid wasting water.