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Champlain Library celebrates Earth Day by growing readers one seed at a time

Earth Day takes place on Thursday, April 22, and the Champlain Library is sharing five ways you and your family can participate in Earth Day celebrations while also practicing reading and writing skills.

Read a book about the environment and trees. Plant a tree and read about the right tree or plant for your location. Write a poem by using words such as green, recycle, planet or nature. Go for a walk and keep a record of any insects or interesting plants you see. Trace a hand on paper, cut it out and on each finger write one way you can help the earth. These activities will help provide opportunities to show our responsibilities for taking care of our planet.

Thanks to the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the library has ‘Good in Every Grain’ seed growing kits available to patrons. The kits will help children gain a better understanding about how grain crops are grown and the role of grain products in their daily life. Each kit contains a cup, wheat or soybean seeds, a soil wafer and a parent guide. Anyone who wishes to reserve their free kit call the library at 613-678-2216 or send an email to [email protected]

The Champlain Library is also offering vegetable seeds or wildflower seeds through its Seed Library Program. Kits are available through the curbside pickup service Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The seeds have been provided by the Vankleek Hill and District Horticultural Society. Patrons are encouraged to take and submit photos of the plants as they grow so they can be posted on the library’s website. Call or email the library to reserve your kit today.

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