West Branch District Library to celebrate Earth Day

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WEST BRANCH –– Earth Day 2017 is April 22 and the West Branch District Library is inviting local youths to celebrate with activities, refreshments and recycling.

Arianna Franciosi coordinated the event this year for the first time.

“We have a recycling activity where kids go through garbage and sort things in the correct bins for trash, recycling or compost,” Franciosi said. “We’re going to have coloring pages and word searches. We’re going to make air dry clay and get things from outside, like rocks or leaves, and they can put an impression in them. We’re also going to be making bird feeders and also planting vegetable seeds.”

The library will also have refreshments available such as Earth cookies that can be decorated, edible dirt cups made of pudding and drinks.

Franciosi said she was expecting anywhere from 15-80 participants, depending on the weather and what else is going on in the county that day. While it is the first year Franciosi had coordinated an event for Earth Day, the day is not new for many.

In spring 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin created Earth Day to bring a lack of environmentally regulatory laws to the public’s attention. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and in December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to epa.gov. The day is recognized each year April 22.

The Earth Day event will be held at the West Branch District Library on North Fourth Street from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 989-345-2235.

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