Join the Austin Public Library (APL) this April for “Talk Green to Me,” a free series of fun and informative discussions, presentations and documentaries at library branches across town. For the whole month, the library will host programs that explore topics such as gray water recycling, urban wildlife habitats, green landscaping, community gardens, growing local, sustainable community planning, small-footprint living, eco homes, the Barton Springs aquifer and even edible insects.
The entire list of events can be found on the library’s website, Library.AustinTexas.gov/talkgreen. From 6 to 8 p.m, April 22, the Carver Branch will host a family-friendly Earth Day celebration featuring local groups such as Keep Austin Beautiful, an organization providing resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities, and Little Herds, an Austin-based nonprofit working with governments, entrepreneurs and businesses to help create a market for bug-eaters. Local musician, artist and carpenter Thor Harris will also present his tips on green living, and the Austin Science and Nature Center will be on hand to discuss the work they do in the community, with a focus on reconnecting people with nature and the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors.
APL reports that the average library book is checked out 57 times, thus making public libraries the premier green alternative. APL encourages people to walk, bike or ride public transportation to the nearest branch and check out some books about energy and water conservation, urban farming, slow foods and more. One can also browse the Virtual Library at Library.AustinTexas.gov/virtual. By borrowing instead of buying, one can conserve space in the home and keep waste out of the landfill.
Location: various branches. For more information, call 512- 974-7400 or visit Library.AustinTexas.gov/talkgreen.