Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sustainabilty Showcase - IZIP Hybrid Bicycles.

One of the more popular vendors at our Sustainability Showcase, was Izip Hybrid Bicycles. The Izip staff had a wide range of their electric bicycles on display, the public could helmet up and take the bikes for short test rides and Izip even was holding a drawing for the chance at winning one of their bikes. I hope that the winner will be from Burbank!

Sustainabilty Showcase - JBHS tee shirt bags.

Another crafty event at the Sustainability Showcase, featured our friends from John Burroughs High School, demonstrating how to turn an old [or new] tee shirt into a nifty bag suitable for books, groceries, or ??? You may remember these bags from an earlier post. This was a big hit, all available tee shirts became bags and were given out to lucky recipients. So if you see these fashion accessories out and about town, you'll know where they came from!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sustainabilty Showcase - Burbank Farmers Market

Shown talking up the Burbank's Farmers Market, were volunteers selling aprons, hats and letting Sustainability Showcase attendees know that on every Saturday, from 8 AM - 12:30 PM, the Burbank Farmers Market allows Burbank residents the opportunity to buy a wide variety of fresh off the farm produce [and much more!]. Stop by the parking lot behind City Hall [Third St. and Orange Grove] and check them out!

Sustainabilty Showcase - Burbank Recycle Center.

Many lucky attendees at the Sustainability Showcase, pledged to use and then received a nice brown reusable bag. The Burbank Recycle Center table featured handouts and visual reminders of just how much day-to-day items that we use can and should be recycled either in person at the Center or by using the convenient blue bins that Burbank residents can put out with their weekly trash pickup. Right next to the recycling center table was a most interesting table about composting, complete with an actual composter and sign-ups for future composting classes for Burbank residents.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Burbank Bus @Sustainability Showcase!

Prominently parked in front of the Buena Vista Branch Library during the Sustainability Showcase was The Burbank Bus. Many people stopped on by and obtained the route schedules and more information about this service. This is a really nice local transportation to use. I have used it to get over to the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood when I've had to do Jury Duty in downtown Los Angeles. I sure didn't miss battling the freeway rush hour traffic!

Stop by any Burbank library for Burbank Bus schedules or visit this great resource @

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Featured at The Sustainability Showcase - Full O' Life.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be featuring photographs of some of our participants at our Sustainability Showcase.

First up - "Full O' Life". besides their tempting restaurant menu, at our event, Full O' Life featured an amazing variety of natural and green cleaning products. I must admit, I bet they had a product on display for almost any cleaning need you could come up with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Burbank Reads 2009 promotional PSA

As the saying goes, better late than never, right? Hadn't had a chance to get this year's promotional PSA posted onto this blog. Our thanks to the talented City Public Information Office staff for another well done promo for the library.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

What a Day today!

What a busy day in the neighborhood today at our Sustainability Showcase!

We had a crowd of some 677 people stop on by to check out the various green groups offering information, handouts, food and fun. And another 87 children enjoyed watching our screenings of The Lorax while munching on organic popcorn.

Quite a day, and the library thanks the many people who stopped on by (we hope you enjoyed the Showcase), participated as representatives of various green groups and organizations and the many volunteers who helped us make the day possible.

When available we'll get some photos from the event posted for all to see.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ed Begley Jr. at the Burbank READS kickoff event.

You never know what you'll find on YouTube, let alone the internet. A bit fuzzy, but this was taken at this year's Burbank READS kickoff event that featured author/actor/activist Ed Begley, Jr.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Burbank Kids Have Some Great Green Ideas!

We are growing “Truffula Trees” in the Burbank Children’s Libraries. (Truffula Trees are whimsical and colorful trees found in the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.) Throughout the time of Burbank Reads, we are asking children for their suggestions on how we can help the environment. Each child receives a leaf to write down his or her idea, then we combine the leaves to make beautiful trees. Here are some ideas so far (#5 is a kid favorite that causes many giggles)…

1. You can take a bike to school or walk.
2. Read books instead of television because T.V. wastes energy.
3. I turn off the tap when I brush my teeth.
4. Don’t trash Burbank.
5. Don’t flush the toilet.

It’s not too late to contribute ideas! Bring your kids to the library, and have them participate in this fun project. You can also read The Lorax while you’re here.

Lastly, we will be showing the movie version of The Lorax at our Sustainability Showcase this Saturday at BV. There will be viewings at 1, 2, and 3 pm. The movie runs 30 minutes. There will also be free popcorn and prizes for kids.

From Jennifer