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Posts by Ryan Clover-Owens

Getting ready for Spring earth keeping

We’re excited and honored to be participating and sponsoring the upcoming Climate Wise Gardening, An Earth Keeping Fair event on April 27th. This is a free, all ages event from 10 – 3pm at Boyton Middle School featuring talks, exhibits, demonstrations, plant sales (and freebies), and films. Exciting! We hope you’ll join the Alternatives Library in sharing…

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Thank you! Our Podcast is fully supported

Last month I wrote a quick blog post about a plan to release a podcast from the Durland Alternatives Library about the ways people are taking action to implement solutions to some of today’s challenges. Today I’m happy to announce that the project is fully funded! We were asking for a modest $300, just enough…

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Will you help us launch season one of our podcast?

The Alternatives in Action podcast has been “coming soon” for way too long. But now we have 15 completed episodes, and an introduction. What are we waiting for!!!!???? Well, turns out creating and running a podcast has quite a learning curve, but I’ve broken through and figured it out thanks to the support of wrfi.org…

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Event Recap : Many Worlds Are Possible

Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported the Many Worlds Are Possible event last week. There are so many amazing outcomes, so here’s a quick list full of links too for your reading pleasure. 150 people attended! We shared food, connected, enjoyed the music, and had a chance to share work of the library and Prisoner…

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How The Alternatives Library Will Adapt in 2019

If we didn’t exist, the kinds of books we carry and topics we pursue would not be as widely available to the public as they are right now. When a student searches “US foreign policy” our books are part of the results in 33 libraries in the region. When a new homeowner wants to learn…

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16 Ithaca Organizations That Create Possibility

Nothing is more inspiring to me than people who give so much of themselves in service of others, in service of the land, in service of future generations — people who have figured out a way to give so much, and even create institutions and organizations that can multiply this giving. And we have the…

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Does it matter where we buy books? (Part 2: Autumn Leaves)

This is part two of my reflection on going local with our library’s collection development. In the last episode I spoke with Lisa Swayze from the cooperatively owned book store Buffalo Street Books. In this episode I spoke with Joe Wetmore from Autumn Leaves Used Bookstore, which has been on the Ithaca Commons since 1993.…

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