At Inglewood Public Library, there is one of the most innovative and ‘green’ Christmas tree that could ever be erected and then dissembled for reuse, made entirely of books with green or brown covers! This amazing life-sized Christmas tree is the creation of an assistant librarian called Bri Webber who has constructed this tree by placing the books in the circular fashion, much like building blocks to create a fascinating tree that required no water. This amazing tree can also be reused and is not the usual sorts that have fake plastic leaves and brackets for folding them back when not in use.
The Inglewood Public Library is currently facing a shortage of funds to spend for decorating the library this Christmas. This is what prompted Webber to check out the internet for ideas on how to build a Christmas tree by using the library’s free resources: books! She browsed and finally found out that various libraries had gone ahead and created one for themselves, even one such library in the vicinity called the Loyola Marymount University library had it, so she was determined to make one for Inglewood Public Library too.
She picked out a set of green bound books called the National Union Catalog, which no one ever really used. She then picked out the red backed volumes for the skirt or the trunk of the tree and used the green ones for the actual tree. She cannot quite recollect how many books she had used, but reckons the number crossed 300! The Inglewood Public Library indeed has its very own Christmas tree which is actually much better than any other plastic variety as it can be recycled, apart from looking absolutely awesome. In fact, this idea is a great one that all libraries should follow to make Christmas ‘greener’ than ever!