Have you seen Central Library's gorgeous new sculpture? Manolo Valdes' Butterflies was installed earlier this month on the 13th Street side of the Library thanks to the generosity of the Gateway Foundation and it alone is worth a visit. But while you are here, you will probably want to wander inside the Library (right?) and you might be interested to learn that on the opposite side of the wall from the sculpture in the Social Sciences room you will find the #Dewey 333 range (economics of land and energy). These shelves are one of the many locations from which we pulled books for our Earth Day display, with such titles as The Earth, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Earthtalk, Half-earth, Plastic Purge, and Reclaimers.
While we can't see Butterflies from our windows, we like the fact that this artistic juxtaposition of a swarm of butterflies and a human head is in close proximity to books on the interplay between nature and humanity. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and St. Louis Public Library is a great source of renewable resources (library books) about renewable resources and other Earth Day topics. Come in and browse our shelves (in addition to #Dewey 333, you might check out 304.2, 307, and 338.19 in Social Sciences, as well as 363.7, 507.8, 572, 573, 720 & 728 throughout Central Library), or to get you started, here is a list of some of the titles we pulled for our display, and a bonus list with a focus on architecture and design from the Fine Arts room. You can click on something that interests you, place a hold, and have it delivered to a branch near you (thus reducing your carbon footprint by limiting your driving time).
For more on reducing your carbon footprint and other action steps to help us preserve this planet for generations to come, go to the EarthDay.org Take Action page. (And do come see us at the Library!)