Library Earth Day Fair

Children enjoying the touch tank
Children enjoying the touch tank

The library’s Earth Day Fair on April 22 was a great success. Many residents came in the pouring rain to check out all the activities, presentations and giveaways, including water bottles, shower timers, reusable grocery bags, seeds and food. There was a workshop on bike safety and a representative from Brickwell, a local bike shop, was on hand to do safety checks and make small repairs on bikes.

Members of the Audubon Society were there with a display of bird eggs, nests and bird-call books. Members of the Baxter Pond Foundation were on hand to demonstrate riprap, the anti-erosion technique in place to keep Baxter Pond clean.

“The theme of our Earth Day fair was “be green and have fun’ and I think everyone who came did both,” said Denise Anchico, planning committee co-chair. “There was a great turnout and we all learned new ways to be greener at home and out in the community. Thanks to all our attendees, sponsors and everyone who made it a memorable Earth Day in Port.” The Earth Day Fair planning committee included Jeff Zeh, co-chair, library media technician and former Green Peace member; Jason Schaefer, co-chair and library computer center aide; Denise Anchico, co-chair and librarian; Margaret DeSiervo, Friends of the Library board member; Charlie DeSiervo, master composter and library volunteer; AnneMarie Ansel of Green Sanctuary of UUCSR; Jennifer Wilson-Pines, legislative aide to Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton; Phyllis Sickerman, ESOL tutor; Jordis Herman, ESOL volunteer; and Patti Paris, librarian. The event was funded by donations from the Friends of the Library.