Showing posts with label hurricane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hurricane. Show all posts

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Brooklyn Public Library operates bookmobiles to impacted neighborhoods

My public library, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is one of the public organizations in NY offering help and support to neighborhoods in the city that have been effected by Hurricane Sandy.

These efforts include the operation of bookmobiles in sites that need help most.  Each bookmobile has charging stations, free books for children (over 1,200 books to date) and The Great Storm and Flood Recovery (children’s Story and Activity Book in Spanish and English.

The Bookmobiles according to the BPL website will be in the following locations:

Coney Island
1901 Mermaid Ave. (in front of the Coney Island Branch)
Wednesday, November 7, from 11:00 - 4

Red Hook
7 Wolcott Street (in front of the Red Hook Library), Brooklyn, NY
Since the Red Hook branch is opening as a warming station (see below), the Bookmobile will be dropping off supplies for use and distribution from within the branch.

You can find more details on the BPL's efforts at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The best books to read during Hurricane Sandy

If you're somewhere on the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy has been or still is "visiting" you might be looking for another day inside the house with or without electricity. In any event, you might be looking for ways to entertain yourself and/or your kids until you can finally get outside, and what is better than a good book to help you forget about Sandy? 

Even Gov. Cuomo knows it, asking fellow New Yorkers to "stay home. Be prepared. Enjoy the family. Read a book"

So what are the best books to read during an Hurricane? As Victoria Bekiempis of New York noted the best answers came from twitter, where  hashtags like #sandyreads, #hurricanereads, #booksforthestorm, and #stormreads featured a wide variety of printed and electronic picks ranging from Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim" to E.L. James' "50 Shades" series.

Here are 10 of the latest recommendations:

Need something to read during the storm? How about Hereville Bk 2? Good Comics 4 Kids #sandyreads
For your . "Jim Shepard's short stories deal expertly with disaster." in

Alternatively, a comfort book while the storm ravages: Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

Gentleman with a baseball cap bearing the Armenian flag. Michael Connolly's The Reversal.

man in green jacket. no dog. 100 years of solitude

the new annotated Grimms fairy tales. For the kids & for me!

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught • RT : What are u reading during ? Tweet us with hashtag

Lisa is reading COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller & Zach Stentz

switching back n forth btwn "The Collective" and "By Blood." both fabulous. (plus a book for work)

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers should also be required reading.

So read a good book or two and most importantly stay safe!

If you're looking for recommendations on green books and ebooks please visit our website at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!

image credit: doxella, Flickr Creative Commons

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Trees planted by our planting partner AIR in Guatemala help to mitigate some damages of Hurricane Agatha

Last month Central America was hit by Hurricane Agatha. The worst-hit country was Guatemala - the BBC reported, nearly 112,000 people have been evacuated from their homes across Guatemala and AP updated earlier this month that officials in Guatemala reported 152 dead (out of 179 in Central America).

One of our planting partners, AIR, is working in Guatemala and we got in touch
with Dr. Anne Hallum, the Director of AIR, who is in Guatemala with a team of volunteers to plant trees as this is the planting season.

Dr. Hallum updated us that
they have been driving around visiting villages where AIR works and saw the damages from the floods. Thankfully, they have also seen the miracles of the pine trees which AIR had planted, which acted like brakes on the mudslides. Still, though, tragedy struck one of the families with which AIR has worked for years when a mudslide destroyed a house and four members died, while one is hospitalized.

Dr. Hallum also reported that AIR's Board members
have responded beautifully with donations for this emergency, and they're delivering another truckload of supplies next week.

AIR is doing such an important work in Guatemala and we're very grateful for that and proud to be their partners! We're also very proud to hear that the trees they plant with our support have such a significant impact on people's life. Dr. Hallum added that 'we just wish we could plant in the whole country!'. Well, we hope that it will happen sooner the later and we definitely hope that our work at Eco-Libris will contribute significantly to this effort!

Dr. Hallum sent us few photos from Guatemala I would like to
share with you:

These are pictures of what is left of a bridge & fishing town along the Rio Monogua, in southern Chimaltenango.

Photo of a young pine forest planted by AIRES that stopped a mudslide from across the road

Little boy helping to clean up outside of De Vega Santa Apolonia, Department of Chimaltenango, two days after Hurricane Agatha on Saturday, May 29th.

AIR truck loaded with supplies we delivered to the Emergency center of the City of de Vega Santa Apolonia, three days after Hurricane

Mountains around Simajhuleu, Department of Chimaltenango, where AIR planted trees 8 years ago, which are growing strong.

To learn more about AIR please visit their website -

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: Promoting sustainable reading!

Friday, September 28, 2007

More News from the Field : Help Sustainable Harvest International Win $10,000

We got today a newsletter of our planting partners and friends at SHI (Sustainable Harvest International.) Recently storms and hurricanes hit parts of Honduras, Belize and Nicaragua, where SHI operates. But as the newsletter reports planting trees helps prevent more severe damages:

Despite these recent hardships, we feel lucky. Sustainable Harvest Honduras Field Trainer, Juan Carlos Sandres tells us that SHI is not in the business of disaster relief, but disaster prevention - and it's working! In his own words, "After the experience of devastation in my country from Hurricane Mitch in 1998, Sustainable Harvest Honduras has been dedicated to sharing agro-forestry techniques with families that were impacted by the disaster. We have been able to improve many vulnerable areas through soil conservation, reforestation, crop diversification and disaster prevention training. We know that when there are natural disasters, the families we work with are more resilient and their parcels of land are much less susceptible to erosion and crop loss."

So here's your chance to assist SHI with their work in these communities to bounce back from the hurricane damages, and do even better in other places:

SHI has created two groups on a new social networking site and will be eligible to win $10,000 if we can get 100 people to join our online groups. It is free, easy and will not lead to any unwanted mailings. $10,000 could allow SHI to begin work in at least 3 new villages, reaching many more Central American families that are anxiously waiting for our help. Please take a moment to join today and encourage others to do the same.

Register at and join our groups at and Then make sure to tell everyone you know how to join each of these groups!

And don't forget to mention that you are joining because you heard about it right here :)