April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day held in the United States. Since that time it has become a world wide movement to remind ourselves and each other to do things that help our environment. During the past 50 years, steps have been taken to make our communities safer places to live. The air is healthier, the water supply is cleaner, there are programs in place to promote recycling and there are efforts to preserve natural habitats. Check out some of the online resources available to help your family celebrate Earth Day.  

Check these out from Libby (by Overdrive) 

What Matters by Alison Hughes

“What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.” This is a sweet little picture book that reminds us how much our actions matter, even small ones. 

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson 

This quote opens the story of The Line Tender. A love of marine life, specifically sharks, is peppered throughout this coming of age story that tenderly deals with grief, love, loss, tragedy and triumph in moving and compassionate ways. 

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Other great books to commemorate Earth Day include, Earth Day by Julie Murray, One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul and Cam Jansen: The Green School Mystery by David A. Adler. All of these are available for check out from Libby (by Overdrive) using your O’Fallon Public Library card. 

Books on Capstone

Earth Day by Emma Carlson Berne

In this sing-along story, people come together to take care of the earth by planting trees and picking up trash. Whimsical pictures illustrate that everyone can be a part of celebrating Earth Day. The catchy tune and chorus will remind children why it is important to take care of the planet where we live.  

Learn about the Earth’s systems through easy, science based experiments that can be done using materials found around the house. This book includes full color pictures, step-by-step instructions and interesting facts and explanations that will help learners of all ages become more interested in exploring the earth. 

All About Earth by Sara Latta

Books from Capstone are available free for a limited time. Other titles to learn about the earth include Make Every Day Earth Day by Vita Jiménez and Liquid Planet: Exploring Water on Earth With Science Projects by Tammy Enz. Access these books and other books about the earth by logging in with the user name continue and the password reading.

All of these sites and more can be found on the library’s website ofpl.info. Be sure to check out our KIDS page for more ideas and resources. Happy Reading!!

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