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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:

Adult Non-Fiction Titles:

Juvenile Titles: 

Early Titles: 

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.