Happy Earth Day to you, Happy Earth Day to you…

Since 1970, Earth Day has been commemorated by a wide variety of events, sit-ins, programs, protests and gatherings of all sorts. It has been transformed by some to Earth Week, because the celebration is just too big for one day.

Here at the Charles Town Library, we hosted some of the great folks from the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) on April 21 at 11 a.m. as part of their Spring Break Library Youth Program Series.

They shared the story, Wangari’s Trees of Peace, A true story from Africa, followed by a gardening activity with some of the PVAS volunteers. About 17 little folks joined in the activity and they were excited to learn about planting marigolds and the importance of greenery to the wildlife of the planet.

Also, be sure to check out your free hoopla account for a great selection of Earth Day audio books, ebooks, movies and more. If you do not have an account yet, just sign in with your Charles Town Library card and get started exploring nearly a million different items.

Here are the other events that PVAS is planning for the Earth Day week, so if you are in these areas, please attend and support the great work of this wonderful group.

You can check out their other information, programs and events on their website.


For libraries looking to increase their amount of scholarly content about Looking to learn more about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more, then the free research database GreenFile is a great solution. It includes indexing and abstracts for more than 1,100,000 records with open access to full text for more than 15,800 records. GreenFILE can be accessed at www.greeninfoonline.com

A great resource for home schooling is the EPA’s Environmental Protection: A Half-Century of Progress.” The Reports, available online, aim to bring about a greater appreciation of the need for effective environmental program and to inspire students to consider careers in the environmental field. The reports cover clean water, clean air, pesticides, toxic substances, waste management, hazardous site cleanup and drinking water.

Climate Restoration for Kids
 is a self-guided digital lesson about climate change and climate restoration. Climate restoration is a new paradigm that encourages us to set a goal of a safe and healthy climate, with pre-industrial levels of CO2.

KidsGardening offers a variety of at home gardening activities.You can also explore the magic of seeds with their seed activities.

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