Library Celebrates Earth Day with Story Time and Seed Swap
Earth Day, observed each year on April 22, promotes ways to protect our earth and environment. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 by many colleges and communities around the country in appreciation for clean water, air and land, and in support of environmental reform to protect these critically important resources. Earth Day is now a globally observed day.
Fauquier County Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with Piedmont Polliwogs, a special story time presented by the Clifton Institute. The Clifton Institute is a local non-profit organization whose mission is “to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, to learn about the ecology of the northern Virginia Piedmont, and to conserve native biodiversity.”
Piedmont Polliwogs is open to children ages 3-6, and will be presented on the following dates:
Bealeton: Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m.
Warrenton: Wednesday, April 17, 2 p.m.
John Marshall: Thursday, April 18, 2 p.m.
Here are several resources, available at your local Fauquier County Public Library, to introduce children to Earth Day and ways they too can protect our planet:
Let’s Celebrate Earth Day by Connie and Peter Roop
How Can We Reduce Household Waste? by Mary K. Pratt
10 Things You Can Do to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by Elizabeth Weitzman
There are many ways to participate in Earth Day, including planting trees, flowers and gardens; choosing a roadside area to clean up; starting a compost program at your home or workplace; and becoming active in organizations that support environmental protection.
Gardening and the way we garden can have a big impact on our environment. If you opt to plant flowers or start a garden, you can jump start your project at the Spring Plant & Seed Swap, sponsored by the Fauquier County Master Gardeners. Stop by and ask Master Gardeners your garden questions and pick up some seeds and plants, at the following locations:
Bealeton: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-noon
John Marshall: Saturday, April 13, 2-4 p.m.
Warrenton: Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m.
There are many books available in the Fauquier County Public Library to help you understand what you can do personally, locally and globally to improve our environment.
The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife by Nancy Lawson
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library
*This article first appeared in the April 10 edition of the Fauquier Times.