Reading Lists: Current events

Have you ever walked by one of those extended-curb planting areas in your neighborhood and wondered what they were doing there? According to the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, these are green streets, capturing stormwater runoff and using it to filter pollutants and replenish groundwater rather than sending it straight back to the Willamette. Here are a few books to tell you a little more about them.

In the U.S., we are particularly uninterested in geography, yet to sustain our leadership in a globalized world, it's important to know about other places on our planet. Get up to date on countries and cultures by checking out the books on this list.

Pete Seeger used music as a tool to fight for social justice. His belief in the power of song inspired many and also made him a target for people who didn't like his message. Here are some titles about the life and times of the great Pete Seeger.

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