The Saving the Earth Kid
It was one of those weeks at the library when kids were on vacation and I was setting up for a program in the children's room. As soon as we opened at 10 AM, an elementary-aged boy, a gamer who usually hangs out after school, came in and said hello. I asked what he was up to so early in the morning.
"I was out picking up trash," he said. "So much trash everywhere in the street!"
"Were you doing that for a school project?"
"Nah, I want to save the earth! I do this a little bit every day!" He looked particularly stoked about it, and in my view, kinda superhero-like in an Earth Guardian kinda way.
Since then, I've gotten to know him better, and he's just one of those sweet kids who make you so glad you work in a library, and also makes you feel hopeful for the future of humanity, and the planet.
Environmental Literacy in the Schools
Another happy encounter recently occurred when Andra from the San Mateo County Office of Education did a presentation for local school librarians and myself about the County's efforts to make environmental literacy a priority in the schools. Their goal is to increase public awareness of environmental issues and problems. In turn, citizens can use their knowledge to make responsible decisions and take action. Their website, Environmental Literacy at SMCOE, has helpful info about the initiative, their strategic plan, and resources for educators, students, and community partners.
Their Environmental Literacy Library Resources page is particularly rich with resources, including:
- Professional Learning Resources
- Print Resources
- Film Resources
- Relevant Databases for Student Research
Earth Day Events Throughout San Mateo County
Looking for a way to learn more and take action? April is a great opportunity to attend one of these family-friendly events. Please check out the events pages you're interested in for more details, including registration forms, info on what you need to bring, and directions.
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM
Earth Day on the Bay in Redwood City
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM
Earth Day Cleanup at Coyote Point in San Mateo
- Saturday, April 21, 12 PM to 4 PM
Atherton Earth Day in Atherton
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM to 12 PM
Belmont Earth Day in Belmont
- Saturday, April 21, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Ecofest at Pacifica's Linda Mar State Beach
- Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to 1 PM
Rethink Waste in San Carlos
Earth Day Resources
Use your library card to check out these great Earth Day materials!
San Mateo County Libraries are also putting on some great events. Check them out on our events listing.
How do you and your family take action to save the earth? Give us your ideas below.