Elgin Library Hosting Sustainability Exhibit

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 13, 2012 | Go to article overview

Elgin Library Hosting Sustainability Exhibit


Byline: Tara Garcia Mathewson tgarciamathewson@dailyherald.com

Gail Borden Public Library Director Carole Medal said people in library systems like to call themselves the original recyclers.

Last year, people checked out items from the Elgin library more than 2 million times, providing the community a chance to share the same movies, DVDs and books a sustainability practice in place since the library opened in 1874, long before DVDs and paperback books even existed.

Now the library will feature a Northern Illinois University Museum Studies Program exhibit about the green movement, enhancing the display with local stories of Elgins own sustainability initiatives.

"Its an intermixing of the local story and an in-depth analysis of the sustainability movement in this country," said Denise Raleigh, division chief of public relations and development for the library.

A model of a windmill is on display on the main floor with the bulk of the exhibit upstairs, including pieces by local artists who used recycled and found objects in their work. The exhibit, which was also on display at the Elgin Public Museum earlier this year, is called Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement. It is not an argument for sustainability but an examination of the pros and cons of environmental initiatives like expanding wind energy. …

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