Saturday, April 24, 2010

Family Earth Day at the Lib


(352) 735-7180

FROM: W. T. Bland Public Library

DATE: April 22, 2010

SUBJECT: Family Earth Day @ the Library

MOUNT DORA: While the adults are painting their rain barrels, the children and of course their parents or grandparents are invited to the front lawn of the library to enjoy crafts and learn that being green is fun and easy. There will even be face painting All events are free.

On Thursday, April 22 Earth day turns 40. But how did Earth Day begin and why do we need an Earth Day. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the environment in a speech to a fledgling conservation group in Seattle in September of 1969. On April 22, 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It proved popular in the United States and around the world. The first Earth Day had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. Senator Nelson stated that Earth Day “worked” because of the response at the grassroots level.

The Family Earth Day will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library located at 1995 N.
Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. All Library programs are free and open to the public. For

additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.