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Earth Day Celebrations (Posted On: Friday, April 15, 2011)

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With the arrival of spring, the Collingwood Public Library is joining over one billion people around the world in celebrating the Earth. The Library’s Earth Day Celebration aims to address local environmental issues, while promoting good community stewardship.

The Earth Day Celebration runs from Monday, April 18, 2011 to Saturday, April 30, 2011 with an exciting line-up of “green” events, including:

• Informational displays featuring local environmental organizations;
• The annual Food for Fines programme to collect non-perishable food for Collingwood food banks;
• A Community Kitchen hosted by the Georgian Good Food Box to promote healthy eating.

Kicking-off the celebration is the Library’s annual Food for Fines programme that encourages customers to pay their overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items to the Library. Customers may donate one non-perishable food item per $1.00 fine.

“The goal of our Earth Day Celebration is to promote a healthy environment, which includes ensuring that community members have enough to eat,” says Adrienne Heesen, manager, public services.  “By beginning the celebration with our Food for Fines programme we can assist local food banks in raising donations before Easter, while increasing community awareness.”
Throughout the week, the Library invites customers to peruse informational displays in the Williams/Westcott Art Walk featuring the Georgian Good Food Box and The Environment Network, two local non-profit organizations with environmental mandates. Environmentally-friendly themed books will also be showcased.

The Earth Day Celebration wraps-up on Saturday, April 23, 2011 with a Community Kitchen hosted by the Georgian Good Food Box from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event features a cooking demonstration on how to make healthy, delicious meals with fresh produce, sample food boxes and snacks.

“We’re a group of volunteers trying to help everyone have regular access to healthy food choices at a low cost,” says Mark Redmond, organizer of the Georgian Good Food Box. “Everyone can participate in the program by purchasing a box. Each box contains locally grown produce, and a newsletter with recipes and nutritional information.”

For more information on the Earth Day Celebration, please call 705-445-1571. 

The Collingwood Public Library is committed to guiding our community in the pursuit of information, the wonder of lifelong learning, and the enrichment of social and cultural experiences. At the heart of the community, the Collingwood Public Library is an inclusive environment seeking universal accessibility.  


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