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Alden Library to celebrate Earth Month

Events scheduled all day on April 15

Vernon R. Alden Library is transforming into a "Green Zone" — in environmental terms, that is.

For the second year, the Alden Library Sustainability Group will host several Earth Month activities in support of the Ohio University Office of Sustainability's Earth Month programming.

Library (Em)powered will take place on Friday, April 15, at Alden Library, featuring events throughout the day on (em)powering themes and DIY projects. One event will be a workshop on making envelopes from unused book jackets led by Fine Arts Librarian Gary Ginther.

"Finding ways to re-purpose items such as book jackets reduces waste, improves problem-solving skills, and results in a sense of accomplishment" Ginther said. "By combining an aesthetic experience with an effort to be green, individuals have an immediate sense of the value in what they're doing."

Other April 15 activities include a workshop on bookbinding, a window farm display, a film screening, and a Q&A on green computing.

Alden Library is also co-sponsoring a free screening of the film, "Carbon Nation," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens. The movie is described on its website as an "optimistic, solutions-based, non-partisan documentary that illustrates why it's incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy."

For the past couple of years, the Alden Library Sustainability Group has been hard at work making the library building more environmentally friendly. The group has added more recycling stations, default double-sided printing and sponsored several events at the library, including workshops, film series and panel discussions on environmental topics.

For more information on all library-sponsored Earth Month events, see the Alden Library Sustainability Groups blog, OU Libraries Go Green! or follow the group's Twitter feed @OULibGoGreen.

Here is the schedule for April 15 workshops:

Beyond Origami: Repurposing Book Covers into Beautiful, Useful Objects
10 - 11 a.m. Alden Library 319
Make decorative and useful envelopes from beautiful art book covers.
Window Farming: Indoor Vertical Gardening in a Window
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Alden Library fourth floor
View a window farm display with a demonstration video on how a vertical window garden can be created from recycled plastic bottles.

"Dirt! The Movie"
Noon - 1:30 p.m. or 3 - 4:30 p.m., Alden Library 319
Soil is the "living skin of the Earth" – find out how humans can act to preserve this vital resource.

Do-it-Yourself Bookbinding
1 - 2 p.m.  Alden Library fourth floor
Learn the Japanese stab-binding technique for making beautiful handmade notebooks from scrap paper and found materials.

Green Computing Q&A
2 - 3 p.m. Alden Library third floor
Ask questions and learn about energy efficient computer use.