April 22, 2022 marks the 52st anniversary of Earth Day! This year’s theme is “Invest in our Planet.” The Library first began promoting Earth Day in its founding year, which was also the College’s first Spring semester back in 1970. In observance of this long held tradition, the Library invites you to “invest” by exploring up-to-date resources on sustainability and the environmental movement. These include a virtual book display with earth focused titles linked to the library catalog, and a second earth-themed display in the Library’s foyer featuring books chosen by first ever Guest Curator Jeneane, age 9, whose favorite earthly creature is the butterfly.
For students, a library research guide on the topic of Sustainability provides access to library article databases related to the green movement and sources in a range of formats to fit different learning styles. A second research guide is focused specifically on Earth Week. Faculty can also import the Library’s Canvas module Earth Day 21 into their course. It includes the short documentary Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City among other videos, articles, an assignment, and a Padlet activity, also available here: https://padlet.com/sanjyotpia/earthday2022. To import the Earth Day 21 module into Canvas, search for Earth Day 21 or Pia Walawalkar in Canvas Commons.
National Library Week took place earlier in April. (You may remember the Library’s old tradition of serving an enormous cake). For this occasion, our San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto invested in our planet by planting a tree to honor Skyline College Library! Ms. Cassinetto collaborates regularly with the Library for poetry events, providing support and encouragement for our brave student poets. The Library is grateful for her action on behalf of Mother Earth.
Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp