The Wayne County Public Library is the grateful recipient of over 50 new titles, including books, DVDs and audio CDs, ranging from cookbooks to self-sufficiency manuals, donated by local sustainability group Transition Honesdale.
The titles cover diverse topics geared around world-wide Transition initiatives including: economics, food and agriculture, hands-on skills, climate change, ecology, communities, work, our relationship to others and the earth, novels and more.
The collection aims to benefit anyone wanting to learn more about specific skills or about how individuals and communities can create opportunities for themselves, promote a more sustainable world and develop greater resiliency at the local level.
Transition Honesdale members collaborated with librarians to provide the collection to all users of the Wayne County Public Library system, as well as the entire state through Interlibrary Loan.
According to the librarians, this is a welcome and timely addition. They are excited to be able to offer a comprehensive collection on sustainability and self-sufficiency issues, noting that for titles like these, they tend to be hard to keep on the shelves.
To learn more about Transition Honesdale or to see a list of donated titles, visit transitionhonesdale.org.
High school donation
A new collection of sustainable agriculture and living do-it-yourself materials, including cookbooks and DVDs, has been donated to the Honesdale High School library by Wayne County members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).
The goal is to provide students with resources on a wide range of topics on everything from planning a career in agriculture, to getting started with backyard beekeeping, chicken-raising or composting to making green cleaning products and homemade soaps.
Part of the book collection includes teaching resources intended to support and bolster curriculum in the Environmental Science, Consumer Science and Shop departments.
Books were chosen with input from school Environmental Science and Consumer Science departments, as well as school librarian Judy Kich, and PASA member Amanda Avery, a librarian at Marywood University.
The books are housed at the high school library, available to students for check-out, as well as to community members who can request the titles through the Wayne County Public Library system.
“I think it’s great to be able to encourage young people, whether they are interested in a career in agriculture or not, to have access to resources that can help them learn hands-on, self-sufficiency skills such as gardening or animal husbandry. This area has a strong agrarian history, but that knowledge base is passing and I think it’s important to keep that alive in the younger generations,” said Amanda Avery of PASA.
For a list of available titles call the WCPL at 570-253-1220 and ask for Ann.