Grand Rapids Public Library Holding Series of Earth Week Events

Posted at 7:39 AM, Apr 22, 2013

earth day.jpegGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — To kick off Earth Day and Earth Week, the Grand Rapids Public Library is holding a series of events throughout the week.

These events are free and open to the public and those who wish to participate in programs can register online.

Meatless Monday: April 22, 6:00 p.m.

Uptown Kitchen: 423 Norwood Ave.

Whether you want to learn about plant-based diets or take part in the Meatless Monday movement, this workshop can help you. Part educational and part cooking demonstration, you’ll learn how to substitute ingredients in your current recipes with non-dairy, non-meat items to obtain the same delicious meals that are sustainable and healthy. Registration required: Event is full.

More than Everything You Wanted to Know About Birds: April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

So much is already known about birds, but there is a lot that is still undiscovered. Join Ed and Phil from the Grand Rapids Audubon Club on a trip through the world of birds which will end in your own backyard. You will learn how birds are distributed across North America, how birds are classified, and what birds to expect in your yard and when, such as permanent residents, summer breeders, and migrants. You will learn about types of feed and feeders, what birdbaths and shelters work well, and how to attract more birds to your yard by landscaping with native plants. Get tips on making your own bird-watching kit as well.

History of the Rapids: April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

Tim Gleisner, head of the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library will discuss the history of the rapids on the Grand River. Learn what the rapids were originally like when Europeans first came to the area and see what happened to them over time.

Film: Revenge of the Electric Car: April 25, 6:00 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

When we think of cars in Michigan, we usually think of Detroit, but what about Grand Rapids? Does Grand Rapids have a place for electric cars? Listen to Haris Alibasic from the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability speak about what is being done in Grand Rapids to promote clean energy and sustainable living including the city’s new electric car chargers. Then watch the film Revenge of the Electric Car to learn more about the race to build a new generation of electric cars.

Green Market and Info Expo: April 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

Come visit the annual indoor Green Market and Info Expo at the Main Library. Take a look at recycled art, jewelry, and accessories handmade in Michigan. Browse fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Stop by the information booths hosted by local earth-friendly organizations to learn how to make your home more energy-efficient, brush up on basic bike repair, and more. Unique market items include jewelry made from recycled zippers and silverware, and organic pet food.

T-shirt Up-cycling Pillow Craft: April 27, 1:30 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

Teens ages 11 and up can bring an old t-shirt to the library and learn how to turn it into a pillow.

Moving by Bicycle: How a Community Bike Program Can Keep You on a Bike: April 27, 2:30 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

The bicycle is one of the most useful and energy-efficient modes of transportation on the planet. Traveling by bicycle can save you money, and is a fun way to exercise. If you currently travel or commute by bike, or if you would like to, a community bike program can help. Community bike programs educate participants about biking and provide do-it-yourself opportunities for bike repair. In this program, Tom Bolton, Executive Director of Oakdale Neighbors, will introduce participants to Boston Square Community Bikes Program and other similar community programs. Learn how these programs expand transportation options, reduce the ecological footprint, improve health, develop skills, and create engaging and productive community spaces.

The Kirtland’s Warbler: Michigan’s Special Bird: April 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library – 111 Library St. NE

People from all over the world come to northern Michigan every year to view the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler in its jack pine habitat. When its total population fell below 400 birds 25 years ago, a small group of dedicated biologists, researchers, and volunteers vowed to save the species from extinction. This presentation examines the dramatic events that led to its precarious state, its emergence as a lightning rod for controversy, and how strong leadership, vision, commitment, sustained effort and cooperation came together to conserve a beautiful and unusual bird.

Other events include a family gardening workshop that will teach participants about different types of vegetables and how families can grow and eat vegetables together. Families will also be able to plant seeds in small pots. Registration is required for this event.