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pwc library(Prince William County, VA, 04/01/2014)… LIBRARIES…..WE’VE BEEN GREEN A LONG TIME …. AND WE CAN HELP YOU LIVE GREEN

Libraries have always been about re-use and recycling – that’s what “lending” is all about – but did you know that your Prince William Public Library System is a veritable “green machine”?  We think locally, act globally, and use resources wisely.  And, as a library user, you contribute to a green way of living for your community by:

Borrowing books and returning them for others to use, thus minimizing the need for extra copies of these books (equals less dead trees).

Donating books to the Friends book sales (equals less paper in the landfill).

Purchasing books from the Friends book sales (equals putting spending “green” in the hands of the Friends group, who recycle those funds for book purchases, children’s programming and much, much more.  Added bonus, you are recycling these books the easy way).

Checking out e-books from the library’s website equals saving gas by using the library ‘virtually”).

Borrowing our “Kill-a-Watt” energy meters to measure power usage around your home (equals using less power, as the meter helps identify power-hungry devices to unplug, replace or use less often).

Checking out one of our Books to Go book club kits, as each kit contains enough reading copies of a title for a book group, along with a discussion guide (equals nine less people using gas to go to the library).

Borrowing DVDs and returning them for others to use, thus minimizing the need for acquiring them and storing them (equals more efficient use of resources).

Choosing “no” when the self-checkout machine offers you a printed receipt (equals saving those trees).

Recycling unused pages printed from our computers or copies, thanks to the handy recycling bins next to the copiers (equals less trash in the landfill).

Borrowing music CD’s and returning them for others to use, allowing you to listen to music without contributing to more “stuff” around the house (equals less “stuff” going to the landfill).

Asking for help finding ways to recycle household goods is as easy as stopping by the Information Desk at any building to request information about recycling in our community (equals expert searching to save you time and to result in proper recycling).

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