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Library launches yearlong `green' program today.

BARRE - The landmark red brick Woods Memorial Library will be sporting a touch of green beginning today with the launch of a yearlong emphasis on environmental programs, activities and information.

Stephanie Young, acting library director, said she and her staff will encourage ecologically friendly practices, supply educational materials on myriad environmental issues and be a resource for information on local sources, projects and ways to become involved.

"The library is a community center and we need to continue supporting the needs of the public. I hope to see many lectures, workshops and family programs stemming from the library's Green Initiative," she said.

Ms. Young said the Community Outreach program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today includes the Northeast Organic Farming Association, the Barre Farmer's Market board, local Scout troops, the Great Rock Alpaca Farm, the East Quabbin Alliance, Many Hands Organic Farm, and the Quabbin Regional High School's Envirothon students, with exhibits in the library sharing environmental awareness themes and local environmental projects and businesses.

Participating families will receive a free tomato plant donated by Hartman's Herb Farm. Tom Hallgren of Air Apparent and Body Art will be applying free airbrush tattoos, and the Ruggles Lane Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will collect old cell phones and empty printer ink cartridges to be recycled. The library museum will be open for tours throughout the day.

The library will also unveil its "Get It Locally" board, a display that will feature local farmers, producers and crafters alerting patrons to what's in season and where they can find the products. Anyone interested in participating may contact the library for additional information and the display board will be updated as new information becomes available. Programs during school vacation week include:

An Earth Day Nature walk at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will locate and identify local plant species. At 7 p.m., the library will sponsor Charlie's Pet Experience, featuring a variety of animals, their habitats and how to care for them.

The One Earth Concert with John Porcino is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A story and crafts program with an environmental theme is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a poetry reading featuring poets who contributed to "Outdoor Poems: From the Heart of Massachusetts," collected and introduced by Lynne Pledger.

A children's book release party for "Woods Memorial Library: A History" is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday.

During the coming months, the library will feature displays with "green" tips to develop environmentally aware patrons.



CUTLINE: Tom Emery, a 9th-grade student at Quabbin Regional High School, decorates Woods Memorial Library in preparation for today's Earth Day celebration.
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