City of Champaign sponsors Move In/Move Out Donate Your Stuff event

The City of Champaign is working with Campus Property Management and Keep Champaign Beautiful to collect items for reuse and recycling during campus move in/out on August 5-6, 2016.

They will accept furniture, appliances, electronics (though NOT CRT tvs), household goods, food (as long as it is unopened), school supplies, clothing, shoes, books, DVDs, bikes, and other items. You may drop items off at 512 S. 3rd in Champaign (see the dates and times on the image below) or schedule a pick up (useful if you have large pieces of furniture or several items to donate).

If you’ve been saving things for a yard sale that you’ve realized you’re never going to have, this is a great way to simultaneously foster reuse and responsible materials management and benefit local organizations like ReStore, Salt & Light, the University YMCA, and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Contact the City of Champaign at 217-403-4780 or with questions.


Library Necktie Collection Gives Job Seekers a New Twist

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As the library of things movement continues to grow, one library in Philadelphia is bringing a new twist to its offerings: neckties.

The Paschalville Branch Library in southwest Philadelphia loans out ties to job seekers for three weeks at a time. Dubbed a “tiebrary,” the collection includes a variety of patterns, including dots, plaid, and stripes.

At the Toronto Public Library, You Can Now Borrow Musical Instruments

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Have you ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument but weren’t sure where to start? In Toronto, it’s as easy as heading down to the public library.

The Parkdale branch now has a Musical Instrument Lending Library stocked with more than 100 instruments, including guitars, ukuleles, drums, violins, keyboards, a banjo, and a mandolin.

How Libraries — Yes, Libraries — Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need

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Have you ever checked out a sewing machine from your local library? What about a guitar or a 3D printer? If you haven’t, you might soon.

Public libraries across the country are housing so-called “libraries of things,” from which people can borrow useful items for a short time instead of buying them outright. This is a largely hidden feature of the growing “sharing economy,” but it may be poised to take off as many Americans become increasingly concerned about waste and environmental sustainability.

Taking the Stigma Out of Buying Used Electronics

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GameStop’s refurbishment of video game consoles underlines how a used electronic sold by a reputable brand can often be as good as buying new. While a used product may lack the original packaging or there might be some scuffs on it, the quality of many of the devices remains high and people who buy the gadgets do the world a favor by putting more use into the energy, metals, plastics and human labor invested in creating the product, said Carole Mars, the senior research lead for the Sustainability Consortium, which studies the sustainability of consumer goods.

Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

Via Shareable.

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities. We have covered sharing extensively in its many forms for more than six years, from little free libraries on street corners to distributed and cooperative platforms. We are now excited to highlight how cities around the world are being reimagined.

This is where you come in. For the next 30 days, our international team will be searching the globe for exemplary projects and legislations that are already showcasing what our cities can, and should, look like. While we have an excellent group leading this process, we need your help to increase the breadth and depth of our search.

We are currently examining 12 core civic sectors for the book as well as other sectors to be included in our database: housing, food, mobility, work, land, water, energy, waste, information and communications technology, culture, finance, and governance.

Do you know of case studies or current policies that should be included? Please contribute to the success of this project by filling out

Brown’s FLIP Library Lends Textbooks to Low-Income Students

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Since the spring of 2015, Brown University’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library has been home to a new lending service—the First Generation Low Income Partnership (FLIP) Library. The FLIP Library makes textbooks available, free of charge, to students who may otherwise find it challenging to cover the high cost of texts required for their coursework.