“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” — Rachel Carson
With the publication of the groundbreaking book “Silent Spring” in 1962, Rachel Carson has been credited with launching the contemporary environmental movement and awakening the concern of Americans for the environment.
As a biologist employed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, her greatest skill was research and writing. Carson’s life and legacy continues today as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with the theme “Restore the Earth.”
The library has more information about Rachel Carson in book, e-book, and DVD formats.
Reference Librarian Jennifer Littlefield encourages the public to stop by the library and browse through books displayed by a variety of authors and environmental topics.
Books for kids include:
• “The Magic and Mystery of Trees,” by Jen Green: wander through the pages of this book to discover the secret lives of trees
• “Citizen Scientists,” by Loree Griffin Burns: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard
• “DK Findout Climate Change,” by Maryan Sharif Draper: what do you want to find out — fun facts, amazing pictures, quizzes
• “Pollution and Waste, Discover It Yourself.” by Sally Morgan: save the planet – eco experiments, fascinating facts
• “Plastic Sucks!,” by Dougie Poynter: how you can reduce single-use plastic and save the planet
• “The Plastic Bag,” by Miranda Paul: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia
Books for adults include:
• “Nature’s Best Hope,” by Douglas W. Tallamy: a new approach to conservation that starts in your backyard
• “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference,” by Greta Thunberg: her first book a collection of speeches from climate rallies across the globe
• “Make Garbage Great,” by Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes: the TerraCycle family guide to zero-waste lifestyle
• “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” by Bill Gates: solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need
• “Climate of Hope,” by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope: how cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet
• “The Field Guide to Citizens Science,” by Darlene Cavalier, Catherine Hoffman, and Caren Cooper: how you can contribute to scientific research and make a difference
• “The New Climate War,” by Michael E. Mann: the fight to take back the planet
Glenda Maxted, Children’s Librarian for Library Kids’ Korner, encourages third-graders and under to sign-up for instructions and basic supplies on how to create a single-serve dirt dessert cup.
Pre-registration is required and ends April 18. Maxted also encourages stopping by the library to pick up a copy of take-home instructions along with an Alka Seltzer tablet for kids to experiment making a lava lamp.
Kids will need to provide water, food coloring, and jar.
For more information, stop by the Huron Public Library or phone 353-8530. You may visit the library’s webpage library.huronsd.com, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.