We’re crazy about the color green--St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, March 17th. Don’t worry, we’re not going to recommend titles about leprechauns and lucky charms. Instead, we’re sharing some literally and figuratively green resources.
Popeye the Sailor always said, “I'm strong to the finish, 'cause I eats me Spinach, I'm Popeye the sailor man!” Take Popeye’s advice and eat your spinach, among other leafy greens, with these cookbooks below:
- Kale, Glorious Kale—it’s not just for garnishing the salad bar at Pizza Hut anymore! Even picky eaters will find ways to incorporate this superfood into their diets with this cookbook.
- Discover hearty recipes like Chicken stuffed with bacon and spinach in Kathryn Anibe’s The Leafy Greens Cookbook, available on Hoopla.
- Hop on two trendy bandwagons at once with Michelle Fagone’s Paleo Green Smoothies.
- Best Green Eats Ever is packed full of nutrient-rich leafy greens recipes.
- If you’re tired of the same old iceberg and romaine lettuces, read Jenn Louis’ The Book of Greens for some inspiration. If you’re curious about the unusual assortment of greens in the produce aisle, find inspiration with Nava Atlas’ Wild About Greens.
What exactly is a green lifestyle? It’s is best explained as conserving or preserving our natural resources--think using reusable grocery bags, walking or biking rather than driving, or even as simple as turning off the lights! We have a little bit of everything green in our entire collection, ranging from a green pregnancy to urban homesteading.
- Calculate your carbon footprint and get tips for a greener lifestyle from the Environmental Protection Agency.
- If you’re just curious on what a green lifestyle means, start with Renee Loux’s Easy Green Living.
- Learn more about sustainable business strategies or watch a film on LEED-certified home remodeling from Lynda.com, which is 100% free with your library card.
- If you’ve ever wondered how to start growing veggies, get into canning, or even how to build a wood-burning hot tub, then Mother Earth News is your digital magazine resource for all things related to sustainable living. Back issues are available via RBDigital.
- Try your hand at soap-making or candle-making from Universal Class.
If you’re looking for the “luck of the Irish,” please stop by these branches! Mountain Island will have a Irish-themed Kitchen Chemistry program Thursday, March 15. Hickory Grove and West Boulevard branches will hold special St. Patrick’s Day children’s’ events. Imaginon will conclude their Rainbow Week celebration with a green-themed event as well.
Drink up with a healthy green beverage (beer doesn’t count!), nosh on some salad greens, and start living an eco-friendlier lifestyle---all with help from the Library. Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!