Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
The Haliburton Highland Land Trust is an organization that believes that a healthy natural environment has social and cultural value, and that people are happier and healthier when they can enjoy clean water, natural beauty and outdoor spaces. One of the Land Trust’s priorities is the importance of education to ensure our natural and cultural heritage is protected.
The Haliburton County Public Library has entered into a partnership with the Land Trust allowing us to expand our collection of materials about our environment and how to care for it and allowing the Land Trust to address their priority of education. Many of the books in the Land Trust Collection have been recommended by members of the organization.
Today on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each talk about a book from the land Trust Collection.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Most people in Ontario live within an hour’s drive of an old-growth forest, but do not know it. Ontario’s Old-Growth Forests by Michael Henry and Peter Quinby is the definitive guide to these survivors, trees waiting for the next generation of naturalists and explorers. One such survivor at the headwaters of the Ottawa River has braved forest fires, windstorms, droughts and floods. It was even spared from the chainsaw in 1989 by mass demonstrations. Others, such as the dwarf cedars on the Niagara Escarpment, are thousands of years old. Even the ancient bonsai trees that line the Canadian Shield are measured by the century, their strength undermining their tiny stature. Then there are the giants such as the pine trees in Temagami that are over 10 storeys tall which can, if the trees of yesteryear are any indication, grow upwards of 20 storeys tall. Ontario’s Old-Growth Forests, with its atlas of over 50 old-growth areas and over 100 colour photos, is an invaluable discovery guide for anyone fascinated with the history, ecology and wonder of North American old-growth forests. It will appeal to nature lovers, cottagers, history buffs, anyone wanting to learn more about Ontario, and those seeking a unique destination to go for a day or a weekend.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Do fish fart? That is the question asked by a book put together by the Kids of Lake Simcoe, Experts, and the Ladies of the Lake. The book compiles nearly 200 questions asked by 7-12 year olds about ecology, the environment, and lake health among many other topics. Do Fish Fart? is brightly illustrated, owing to the playful touch of former OWL Magazine editor Keltie Thomas and illustrator/designer Deryk Ouseley. The concept from the book came from Annabel Slaight, co-founder of the Ladies of The Lake, the Water Ontario Centre, and OWL Magazine. The questions in Do Fish Fart? range from the interesting to the at-first-glance ridiculous – but all are answered seriously and even the most ridiculous questions are revealed to be not so ridiculous afterall. Once the questions in the book were narrowed down from the initial 3,000 questions collected, they were distributed to experts – scientists, academic, and other professionals – who cheerfully provided their answers. Do Fish Fart? has been lauded for its originality as both an authoritative kid friendly resource and as a fundraiser for preserving the health of Lake Simcoe. With all of the lakes in the Haliburton Highlands, the information in Do Fish Fart? is easily applicable closer to home – so check out Do Fish Fart? and make sure that you are treating our lakes right.
Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Carl Hiaasen often writes novels with an underlying environmental theme, his last Young Adult novel called Skink No Surrender is about a retired politician, Skink, who is passionate about protecting turtle eggs. Fifteen year old Richard meets Skink on a beach when Skink is staking turtle egg nests to foil would be poachers. What is important about this reference is that during the course of the book Skink lends Richard, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as a must read for budding environmentalists. Published in 1962, Silent Spring documented the detrimental effects on the environment, particularly on birds, of the indiscriminate use of pesticides. The outcry that followed its publication forced the government to ban DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting air, land, and water. Instrumental in launching the environmental movement, Carson’s book is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century. That it is referenced in current fiction is certainly a sign of its lasting importance and it was a must have for the Land Trust Collection.
The Land Trust Collection will be housed throughout the County’s eight public library branches; it can be searched on our website by either choosing the land trust button under popular searches, or by simply typing “the land trust collection” into the search bar.
That’s it for this week’s edition of Library Moments, thank you for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, March 6th – 12th, 2016.