Green City

How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future

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Author: Allan Drummond

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 1466895675

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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In 2007, a tornado destroyed Greensburg, Kansas, and the residents were at a loss as to what to do next--they didn't want to rebuild if their small town would just be destroyed in another storm. So they decided they wouldn't just rebuild the same old thing; this time, they would build a town that could not only survive another storm, but one that was built in an environmentally sustainable way. Told from the point of view of a child whose family rebuilt after the storm, this companion to Energy Island is the inspiring story of the difference one community can make--and it includes plenty of rebuilding scenes and details for construction lovers, too!

Energy Island

How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World

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Author: Allan Drummond

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374321841

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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It's windy on the Danish island of Sams². Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

Pedal Power

How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World

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Author: Allan Drummond

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 1466896884

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 3389

Cycling rules the road in Amsterdam today, but that wasn't always the case. In the 1970's, Amsterdam was so crowded with vehicles that bicyclists could hardly move, but moms and kids relied on their bicycles to get around the city. PEDAL POWER is the story of the people who led protests against the unsafe streets and took over a vehicles-only tunnel on their bikes, showing what a little pedal power could do! Author and illustrator Allan Drummond returns with the story of the people that paved the way for safe biking around the world.

Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun

22 Super-Charged Projects for Kids

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Author: Michael J. Caduto

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603427945

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 223

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Suggests activities and experiments for understanding global warming, causing a smaller power footprint, and using solar and wind power, and spotlights young activists.

Green Town USA

The Handbook for America's Sustainable Future

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Author: Thomas J. Fox

Publisher: Hatherleigh Press

ISBN: 1578264812

Category: House & Home

Page: 240

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"There was never a town with a truer name, though it didn't really discover it till tragedy created an opportunity that residents seized with head and heart!" — Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey:The Education of an Unlikely Activist Hope for a greener America . . . from the extraordinary community that made it a reality. Green Town U.S.A. recounts Greensburg’s inspiring story of resilience, community, and sustainability which began on the evening of May 4, 2007, when disaster struck the quiet Kansas city. A tornado topping all the scales touched down, and in a matter of minutes, Greensburg, which stood for more than 120 years, was destroyed. Greensburg committed to reconstructing itself from the ground up while embracing green technology and building methods, along with solar and wind energy. The new Greensburg stands testament to the strength and viability of sustainable community redevelopment and energy-efficient living. Green Town U.S.A. is a story of hope and opportunity—even in the face of obstacles and difficulties—and provides a real-world proving ground for sustainable solutions. Green Town U.S.A. takes you through the entire reconstruction process, from Long-Term Community Recovery planning for Greensburg, to the latest advancements in green materials and technology, to the leadership and teambuilding necessary to realize an achievement of this magnitude. Every town can be a “green town.” Any community faced with rebuilding after a natural disaster, planning new municipal buildings or schools, upgrading retail or industrial centers, or building homes can gain valuable insight from the example of Greensburg, Kansas. Green Town U.S.A. is an invaluable handbook for civic leaders, concerned citizens, business owners, and anyone who is a stakeholder in America’s sustainable future.

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, 10th Edition

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Author: Rebecca L. Thomas

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440834350

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1636

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Whether used for thematic story times, program and curriculum planning, readers' advisory, or collection development, this updated edition of the well-known companion makes finding the right picture books for your library a breeze. • Offers easy subject access to children's picture books • Features a user-friendly organization • Provides in-depth indexing and full bibliographic detail

The Small-Town Midwest

Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century

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Author: Julianne Couch

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609384059

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 232

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Julianne Couch sets out to illuminate the lives and hopes of small-town residents from nine small communities in five states in the Midwest and Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Residents are betting that the tide of rural population loss can't go out forever, and they're backing those bets with creatively repurposed schools, entrepreneurial innovation, and community commitment. From Bellevue, Iowa, to Centennial, Wyoming, the region's small-town residents remain both hopeful and resilient.

Exploring Nonfiction Literacies

Innovative Practices in Classrooms

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Author: Vivian Yenika-Agbaw,Ruth McKoy Lowery,Laura Anne Hudock,Paul H. Ricks

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475843437

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 140

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The book discusses how learners might be guided to interact with texts in a creative but critically engaged and sustainable manner.

Phog

The Most Influential Man in Basketball

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Author: Scott Morrow Johnson

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803295391

Category:

Page: N.A

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"A complete biography of Forrest "Phog" Allen, legendary University of Kansas basketball coach and a key figure in the sport's development and its coaching"--

Ghost Sign

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Author: Al Ortolani,Melissa Fite Johnson,Adam Jameson,JT Knoll

Publisher: 39 West Press

ISBN: 0990864960

Category: Poetry

Page: 210

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In the 1920s and 1930s, Pittsburg, KS was a major coal-mining town, attracting various ethnic groups from southeast Europe and beyond. The often belligerent and divisive spirit of the miners--and the unpredictable politics of Southeast Kansas--earned the region the nickname, "The Little Balkans." The four poets (Al Ortolani, Melissa Fite Johnson, Adam Jameson, JT Knoll) appearing in this collection carry forward that same proud, independent spirit. They call themselves White Buffalo, after a now-defunct café in Pittsburg that offered writers, poets, artists, musicians, and friends a place of warmth and community, which in turn fostered an environment of challenge and diversity. Ghost Sign epitomizes honest work that is both lyrical and painful while simultaneously joyous and sad. It is rooted in folklore and mystery, and its place is informed by powerful imagery: sunlight on the crater of a strip pit, the shadow of an owl at Camp 50, junkyard mechanics, railroad men, and a grandfather at a piano plunking out Methodist hymns. With craft and passion, the Ghost Sign poets, who each know how to remember, resurrect those indomitable, lost places, folks, and ghosts from the forgotten past of Southeast Kansas. Published in partnership with Spartan Press.

Mike Torrez

A Baseball Biography

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Author: Jorge Iber

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476624453

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 268

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The history of baseball is filled with players whose careers were defined by one bad play. Mike Torrez is remembered as the pitcher who gave up the infamous three-run homer to Bucky “Bleeping” Dent in the 1978 playoffs tie-breaker between the Red Sox and Yankees. Yet Torrez’s life added up to much more than his worst moment on the mound. Coming from a vibrant Mexican American community that settled in Topeka, Kansas, in the early 1900s, he made it to the Majors by his own talent and efforts, with the help of an athletic program for Mexican youth that spread through the Midwest, Texas and Mexico during the 20th century. He was in the middle of many transformative events of the 1970s—such as the rise of free agency—and was an ethnic role model in the years before the “Fernandomania” of 1981. This book covers Torrez’s life and career as the winningest Mexican American pitcher in Major League history.

Rebuilding Native Nations

Strategies for Governance and Development

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Author: Miriam Jorgensen

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816524235

Category: Social Science

Page: 363

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A revolution is underway among the Indigenous nations of North America. It is a quiet revolution, largely unnoticed in society at large. But it is profoundly important. From High Plains states and Prairie Provinces to southwestern deserts, from Mississippi and Oklahoma to the northwest coast of the continent, Native peoples are reclaiming their right to govern themselves and to shape their future in their own ways. Challenging more than a century of colonial controls, they are addressing severe social problems, building sustainable economies, and reinvigorating Indigenous cultures. In effect, they are rebuilding their nations according to their own diverse and often innovative designs. Produced by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, this book traces the contours of that revolution as Native nations turn the dream of self-determination into a practical reality. Part report, part analysis, part how-to manual for Native leaders, it discusses strategies for governance and community and economic development being employed by American Indian nations and First Nations in Canada as they move to assert greater control over their own affairs. Rebuilding Native Nations provides guidelines for creating new governance structures, rewriting constitutions, building justice systems, launching nation-owned enterprises, encouraging citizen entrepreneurs, developing new relationships with non-Native governments, and confronting the crippling legacies of colonialism. For nations that wish to join that revolution or for those who simply want to understand the transformation now underway across Indigenous North America, this book is a critical resource. CONTENTS Foreword by Oren Lyons Editor's Introduction Part 1 Starting Points 1. Two Approaches to the Development of Native Nations: One Works, the Other Doesn't Stephen Cornell and Joseph P. Kalt 2. Development, Governance, Culture: What Are They and What Do They Have to Do with Rebuilding Native Nations? Manley A. Begay, Jr., Stephen Cornell, Miriam Jorgensen, and Joseph P. Kalt Part 2 Rebuilding the Foundations 3. Remaking the Tools of Governance: Colonial Legacies, Indigenous Solutions Stephen Cornell 4. The Role of Constitutions in Native Nation Building: Laying a Firm Foundation Joseph P. Kalt 5 . Native Nation Courts: Key Players in Nation Rebuilding Joseph Thomas Flies-Away, Carrie Garrow, and Miriam Jorgensen 6. Getting Things Done for the Nation: The Challenge of Tribal Administration Stephen Cornell and Miriam Jorgensen Part 3 Reconceiving Key Functions 7. Managing the Boundary between Business and Politics: Strategies for Improving the Chances for Success in Tribally Owned Enterprises Kenneth Grant and Jonathan Taylor 8. Citizen Entrepreneurship: An Underutilized Development Resource Stephen Cornell, Miriam Jorgensen, Ian Wilson Record, and Joan Timeche 9. Governmental Services and Programs: Meeting Citizens' Needs Alyce S. Adams, Andrew J. Lee, and Michael Lipsky 10. Intergovernmental Relationships: Expressions of Tribal Sovereignty Sarah L. Hicks Part 4 Making It Happen 11. Rebuilding Native Nations: What Do Leaders Do? Manley A. Begay, Jr., Stephen Cornell, Miriam Jorgensen, and Nathan Pryor 12. Seizing the Future: Why Some Native Nations Do and Others Don't Stephen Cornell, Miriam Jorgensen, Joseph P. Kalt, and Katherine Spilde Contreras Afterword by Satsan (Herb George) References About the Contributors Index

Tin Lizzie

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Author: Allan Drummond

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Grandpa loves working on old cars, especially his Model T Ford, and he passes along to his grandchildren not only the history of automobiles and all of their benefits, but also his concerns about traffic, pollution, and the problems of relying on foreignoil.

The Memory of Lemon

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Author: Judith Fertig

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069818274X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The author of The Cake Therapist returns with another sweet and emotional tale featuring Neely, the baker with a knack for finding exactly the right flavor for any occasion... A crisp tang of citrus that is at once poignant and familiar, sharpening the senses and opening the mind to possibilities once known and long forgotten... Claire “Neely” Davis is no ordinary pastry chef. Her flavor combinations aren’t just a product of a well-honed palate: she can “taste” people’s emotions, sensing the ingredients that will touch her customers’ souls. Her gift has never failed her—until she meets a free-spirited bride-to-be and her overbearing society mother. The two are unable to agree on a single wedding detail, and their bickering leaves Neely’s intuition frustratingly silent—right when she needs it most. Between trying to navigate a divorce, explore a new relationship, and handle the reappearance of her long-absent father, Neely is struggling to make sense of her own conflicting emotions, much less those of her hard-to-please bride. But as she embarks on a flavorful quest to craft the perfect wedding celebration, she’ll uncover a family history that sheds light on both the missing ingredients and her own problems—and illustrates how the sweet and sour in life often combine to make the most delicious memories... From the Trade Paperback edition.

Presenting Buffalo Bill

The Man Who Invented the Wild West

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Author: Candace Fleming

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1596437634

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

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Star Stuff

Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

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Author: Stephanie Roth Sisson

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

ISBN: 1466882212

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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For every child who has ever looked up at the stars and asked, "What are they?" comes the story of a curious boy who never stopped wondering: Carl Sagan. When Carl Sagan was a young boy he went to the 1939 World's Fair and his life was changed forever. From that day on he never stopped marveling at the universe and seeking to understand it better. Star Stuff follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space. This book introduces the beloved man who brought the mystery of the cosmos into homes across America to a new generation of dreamers and star gazers.

The Story of Fossil Fuels

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Author: William B. Rice

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1480746908

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Have you ever studied fossils? Have you heard of fossil fuels? Fossil fuels are a very important part of our environment and some fossil fuels are being used up faster than they can be produced. Learn how fossil fuels form and the amazing impact they have on society by diving into the pages of this book. Vibrant, colorful images and photographs fill the pages paired with high-interest informational text, fun facts, an easy-to-navigate table of contents, and a helpful glossary and index. To bring concepts to life, a “Think Like a Scientist” activity that supports STEM instruction is included at the end of the book.

Inventions

That Could Have Changed the World...But Didn't!

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Author: Joe Rhatigan

Publisher: Charlesbridge

ISBN: 1607345706

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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The fascinating stories of inventions that could have changed the world, should have made a difference, or would have astounded us all, but for one reason or another, didn’t. Some inventions were too wacky, weird, or unwieldy. Others simply didn’t work. And still others may be the next big thing . . . some day. Learn about the inventors, what they thought they would accomplish, and what--if anything--they did accomplish. Zany illustrations of the contraptions in use throughout.

Ioway Life

Reservation and Reform, 1837–1860

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Author: Greg Olson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806155388

Category: History

Page: 184

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In 1837 the Ioways, an Indigenous people who had called most of present-day Iowa and Missouri home, were suddenly bound by the Treaty of 1836 with the U.S. federal government to restrict themselves to a two-hundred-square-mile parcel of land west of the Missouri River. Forcibly removed to the newly created Great Nemaha Agency, the Ioway men, women, and children, numbering nearly a thousand, were promised that through hard work and discipline they could enter mainstream American society. All that was required was that they give up everything that made them Ioway. In Ioway Life, Greg Olson provides the first detailed account of how the tribe met this challenge during the first two decades of the agency’s existence. Within the Great Nemaha Agency’s boundaries, the Ioways lived alongside the U.S. Indian agent, other government employees, and Presbyterian missionaries. These outside forces sought to manipulate every aspect of the Ioways’ daily life, from their manner of dress and housing to the way they planted crops and expressed themselves spiritually. In the face of the white reformers’ contradictory assumptions—that Indians could assimilate into the American mainstream, and that they lacked the mental and moral wherewithal to transform—the Ioways became adept at accepting necessary changes while refusing religious and cultural conversion. Nonetheless, as Olson’s work reveals, agents and missionaries managed to plant seeds of colonialism that would make the Ioways susceptible to greater government influence later on—in particular, by reducing their self-sufficiency and undermining their traditional structure of leadership. Ioway Life offers a complex and nuanced picture of the Ioways’ efforts to retain their tribal identity within the constrictive boundaries of the Great Nemaha Agency. Drawing on diaries, newspapers, and correspondence from the agency’s files and Presbyterian archives, Olson offers a compelling case study in U.S. colonialism and Indigenous resistance.

Hurt People

A Novel

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Author: Cote Smith

Publisher: FSG Originals

ISBN: 0374714622

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Summer of 1988. Leavenworth, Kansas: a town with four major prisons, gripped by the recent escape of a convict. Yet for two young brothers, all that matters is the pool in their apartment complex. They spend their blissful days practicing dives while their divorcée mother works her day shift at the golf course and their policeman father patrols the streets. But when a mysterious stranger appears poolside and creates a rift between the brothers, the younger one wonders just what these visits to the pool might ultimately cost. Based on Cote Smith's well-received short story of the same name, Hurt People will hold you in its grip to the very last page. Eerily atmospheric, lean, and forceful, this is a debut from a slyly talented new writer.