For one year, Colin Bea-van tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. He swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic and became a bicycle nut.

For one year, Colin Bea-van tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. He swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic and became a bicycle nut.

In his book, "No Impact Man," Beavan chronicles his family's attempts to live eco-effectively right in the heart of Manhattan from their first baby steps (no takeout food) to their giant leap (no toilet paper).

What were Beavan's conclusions about no-impact living? Read the book, then share your thoughts with the rest of the Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group on April 28, when the selected title is "No Impact Man."

The Thursday Morning Book Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. In March, Evelyn Waugh's modern classic "Brides-head Revisited" will be considered, and on May 26, Kristen Hannah's "Firefly Lane."

Also held at Old Worthington Library, on the first Wednesday of the month, are meetings of the Speaking Volumes book discussion group; all start at 7:30 p.m.

This spring, participants will gather on Wednesdays (March 2), April 6 and May 4 to talk about "The Children of Men" by P.D. James, "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather and "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, respectively.

"Publisher's Weekly" described Stockett's book as an "optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver."

The Northwest Passages book discussion group meets at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Spring selections include "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See on March 16; "Poetry Speaks," which includes the authors themselves reading their poetry on audio CD, by Elise Paschen on April 20; and "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides on May 18.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

Hilliary Kline