Earth Day is celebrated across the globe on April 22. In celebration of Earth Day, Alachua County Library District presents programs and activities that inspire citizens to engage in meaningful ways, locally. Kids can learn how to recycle while being creative or see a live butterfly release. Adults and all ages can find out more about bats, seed saving and food systems. These are some of this month’s earth friendly programs.
Celebrating Earth Day: Recycling and Making Paper Beads for ages 5 to 11 is on April 11, 3 p.m. at Library Partnership and on April 19, at 3 p.m. at Newberry Branch. Alachua County Recycles will present an educational awareness program on litter prevention. Attendees will also learn how to make cool beads and jewelry out of recycled materials. Library Partnership is located at 1130 NE 16 Avenue, 352-334-0165. Newberry Branch Is located at 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry, 352-472-1135.
Earth Day Butterfly Storytime for ages 3 to 11 is on April 19, 2 p.m. After Butterfly Storytime, live Painted Lady butterflies that were raised from caterpillars by library staff will be released in the courtyard, followed by a fun butterfly craft activity with Mr. Gerald at the Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, 352-334-3900.
Bats at the Library for adults and all ages is on April 26, 11 a.m. The Lubee Bat Conservancy will present fun facts about bats and let participants see some of its smaller bats up close. This educational program is designed to foster a greater understanding of bats and their habitats. All bats will be kept in their enclosures during the program at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, 352-334-3900.
Forage Farm co-founders Anna Prizzia and Melissa DeSa and artist Katerie Gladdys with the University of Florida Fine Arts present Seed Cabinet and Seed Saving 101 programs. See the interactive Seed Cabinet exhibition of images, stories and seeds and learn about seed saving, food sovereignty and community food systems. These April programs are designed to inform and inspire the public to cultivate community through local agriculture.
Sunday, April 9, 2 to 4 p.m., Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry, 352-472-1135
Thursday, April 13, 4 to 6 p.m., Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 St., 352-333-2800
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16 Ave., 352-334-0165
Saturday, April 22, 1 to 3 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave., 352-334-3900
Friday, April 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Cone Park, 2801 E University Ave., 352-334-0720
Sunday, April 30, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Yerkes Center next door to the Waldo Branch, 14257 Cole Street, Waldo, 352-468-3298
This series continues through September.
Celebrate Earth Day and make the Library an integral part of a green lifestyle. Conserve space in your home and keep waste out of the landfill by borrowing instead of buying books, movies and music and donate your old ones to the Friends of the Library book sale coming up April 22-26. Or check out a tree-friendly, nonperishable eBook. Discover more opportunities at the Library District’s virtual eBranch at www.aclib.us or call 352-334-3900.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).