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Explore the “Where is Away” exhibit upstairs

Learn everything you need to know about recycling and living green. Come upstairs to explore the interactive “Where is Away?” exhibit that has been loaned to us by SCARCE, an award-winning environmental education non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable communities.

The exhibit is a 3-dimensional, four-sided, free-standing exhibit that allows a person to explore how to responsibly dispose of common items found around the home. The items range from plastic bottles and bags to household chemicals, electronics and food scraps with best practice solutions that include composting, recycling at home, or taking them to a special collection center.

Libraries by their very nature are “green” in that their resources are shared by the larger community. Over the last few years, we have been increasing our sustainability efforts by implementing composting, upgrading our lighting systems to LED compatible fixtures, and most recently, purchasing reusable coffee mugs for programs and office use. Our newly renovated lobby will include a water refilling station for patron and staff use.

The Village of River Forest Sustainability Commission will be joining us at our Coffee Monday program on November 4th to discuss local sustainability practices. Stop by and have some coffee in one of our new (sustainable) coffee mugs.