Earth Day @ your library

Tomorrow April 22 is officially Earth Day (though some places like my university celebrate it today!)  Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970,to  promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. For information and ideas on celebrating Earth Day visit

Some library ideas:

  • presentations by local groups on climate change/initiatives/etc,
  • promote your online resources so users don’t have to drive gain access,
  • eco-storytellers,
  • screening and discussion of environmental documentary,
  • plant a tree(s) or gardens – a children’s garden;
  • host a used book sale,
  • sell backyard compost bins and rain barrels to library users,
  • offer recyclable crafts activities and a presentation on learning how to recycle
  • a “Wait-Wait-Don’t-Toss-That” event (how to reuse items),
  • collection of recyclable materials/shred-a-ton/sneakers-for-turf collection,
  • quiz/contest with prizes from local eco-friendly companies,
  • community expo of local green organizations,
  • potted flower and herb giveaway/fundraiser,
  • Recycling Our Reads” or book swamp,
  • howto/DIY workshops,
  • farmers market, games/crafts/stories for kids,
  • geocaching for teens,
  • create recycled jewelry,
  • ArtCan! (sculpture building competition of canned/boxed goods – then donated to local food bank)
  • reading of The Lorax by Seuss & plant a sunflower seed to take home,
  • trash clean up, invasive weed clean up,
  • composting workshop,
  • solar energy generated stage for local music
  • .. and much more!!

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