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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Don't forget to pick up your free CFL bulbs

The library has received a second shipment of CFL bulbs to share with Des Plaines residents. If you didn't receive yours during our first giveaway, on Earth Day, stop by soon - bulbs are almost GONE. In fact, between April 22-23 this year, we gave away 5,000 bulbs and we have distributed more than 2,000 bulbs in the past week.

Every Des Plaines household is eligible to receive THREE free CFL bulbs, a real value considering the price of these bulbs at retail stores. Light bulbs are available at the Information/Registration Desk on the library's first floor. Please make sure you take an informational handout with your bulbs. The handout contains important information on proper disposal of the bulbs after they burn out. CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and care must be taken when disposing of them. They may not be placed in your regular garbage pick-up, and please take care to keep the bulbs away from children and pets. There are plenty of drop-off locations available so disposing of the bulbs is very convenient - and, CFLs last so much longer than regular bulbs, you won't need to dispose of them for a long, long time.

Bulbs are going fast and when they're gone, they're gone. So come in and get yours today, and while you're here, say hello and check out some new books, DVDs or CDs.
The bulbs, which are being used to reduce energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions, were made available to Des Plaines as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus through a grant from the Northern Illinois Energy Project (NIEP) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NIEP). For even more information on how to "go green," use our helpful Web guide and watch for the City of Des Plaines' "DEEP GREEN" programs, at locations throughout the city.

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