April 1, 2021 | Devin Cook
McLib Celebrates Earth Day!
Every year, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War protests in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin wanted to harness the energy of student activists “with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution.” A year later, the first national Earth Day helped establish the United States Environmental Protection Agency, along with the passing of laws such as the National Environmental Education Act.
By 1990, Earth Day became a global event, uniting environmental activists of all kinds across the world. Nearly 200 million people participated that year, and Senator Nelson, founder of Earth Day, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.
Enjoy some of our Earth Day virtual programming by viewing one of our themed Story Times on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Our Nature Kids segment features nature-themed educational videos with former Youth Services Assistant Michelle Batcher. Don’t forget to stop by our garden on 5th Street and check out our StoryWalk from April 1st to April 15th!
On Kentucky Arbor Day, McCracken County Civic Beautification Board is sponsoring a drive-through seedling giveaway in honor of Kentucky Arbor day! Drive by for your very own roughleaf dogwood seedling! Stop by Friday April 2nd, from 11 AM to 1 PM in our parking lot–it’s free!
Gardening is a great way to participate in sustainable practices to help preserve our planet. Join McCracken County Public Library #HealthyAtHome Gardening Group to hear about related programming and gardening tips from the community.
If you’re looking for some fun, eco-friendly crafting and DIY activities, check out Library Assistant Amanda, a.k.a. Blonde on the Pond, and her DIY Craft tutorials on our YouTube channel!
New to raised bed gardening, or wanting to learn more? Join us on Wednesday, April 14 for McLib Live: Raised Bed Gardening, presented by Kathryn Wimberley, who worked as the University of Kentucky/McCracken County Agent for Horticulture for just over a decade.
Starting April 19th, stop by the second floor circulation desk for a Seed Starter Kit while supplies last! Recommended for ages 6 to 14.
Volunteer at a local community garden and hone your skills! Join the city’s Community Garden in Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park, located at 14th and Madison Streets. Click here to learn more.
Merryman House also has a community garden. Anyone interested in lending a hand or a few dollars can reach out by contacting Kayla Myers, Merryman House’s director of community engagement, at 270-443-6001.
Check out Friends of Land Between the Lakes Outreach on their YouTube channel! They have lots of great videos, including this webinar on how to attract bats to your backyard. Not only do you help our local food chain flourish, they fertilize your yard and eat insects–for free!
One of the library’s favorite ways to participate in Earth Day and learn more about our planet this year–read! Here are some titles you can check out digitally, or place a hold on and pick up at the library. Most are educational, non-fiction books, but some are environmentally focused fiction titles!
Adult Fiction Titles:
- Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- A People’s Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle
- Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
- We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Adult Non-Fiction Titles:
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
- The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen
- Fire in Paradise by Alastair Gee
- Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich
- Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge by David R. Wildcat
- Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security by Todd Miller
- The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
- Where the Water Goes by David Owen
- Basher Science: Climate Change by Simon Basher
- Earth Day and the Environmental Movement by Christy Peterson
- Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate by Melissa Koch
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill
- The Green Teen Cookbook
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
- It’s Getting Hot In Here by Bridget Heos
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
- Living Simply: A Teen Guide to Minimalism by Sally McGraw
- One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet by Anuradha Rao
- The Story of Seeds by Nancy F. Castaldo
- What A Waste by Jess French
- Climate Change and Life on Earth by Chinwe Onuoha
- Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard
- Go Green with Sesame Street series
- Here We Are: Notes on Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
- I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste & Miranda Paul
- If We Were Gone: Imagining the World without People by John Coy
- In the Garden by Herbert Martin
- My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
- One Earth by Eileen Spinelli
- Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre
- Wild by Emily Hughes
Want to watch and learn? Here are some nature docs you can place a hold on and pick up later!
Everyday should be Earth Day–and it’s never too late (or too early) to start celebrating and making changes to protect our planet! Whether you have a green thumb or not, we hope you explore some of these eco-friendly activities that support the environment.