Hurray for Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day with the Alachua County Library District this spring with programs across the Library District. 

Check out these Earth Day and eco-friendly activities at a branch near you!

Upcycling Your T-Shirts

Just in time for Earth Day and the upcoming citywide ban on single-use bags in Gainesville, learn how to upcycle old t-shirts into new reusable bags. There will be no-sew and sewn designs you can make. We will be providing the patterns, sewing machines, and old t-shirts. If you have a favorite shirt you would like to upcycle, be sure to bring it.

There are several different ways the t-shirts can be upcycled--there are carry bags, drawstring backpacks, and vegetable bags. You aren't limited to using t-shirts for upcycled bags, though. It's surprising what you can repurpose for a shopping bag. Join us at Headquarters Branch Sunday, April 28 1-4 p.m. in the Teen Space.

TED Talk

Turn your brain on with a TED Talk on thrift as a way to reduce waste. Viewing is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in Meeting Room B at Headquarters Branch. 

Build a TerrariumSoda bottle terrarium

Come make a DIY soda bottle terrarium and learn easy ways to save water in everyday life and conserve water for our precious springs! 

Staff from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department will be at the Library Partnership to talk about water conservation from 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 22.

One of the easiest places to make big water impacts is by curbing or eliminating outdoor water use. Tips on conserving water in the landscape will be the focus of this presentation. Afterwards, participants will make their own terrarium with materials provided.

Earth Day Celebration and Butterfly Release

Join us for a fun-filled Earth Day Celebration! We will celebrate with stories, a butterfly craft, and the release of live Painted Lady butterflies. The fun is 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Headquarters Branch in the Youth Services Area on the first floor. 

Click on the links below to find more about butterflies in our library collection:butterflies from cocoon

Butterflies-Juvenile Literature


Butterfly Gardening

Strive for Zero Waste

Learn to use bulk bins without the bags and grocery totes from t-shirts. What little things are you doing to work toward Zero Waste? Share with others and make your own beeswax wrap 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Micanopy Branch in the dance hall. 


Posted by RachelC on April 15, 2019