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Get refreshed on Earth Day with books from your library

Bird's-eye view of a woman tending a vegetable garden.


On Earth Day, take a long walk and enjoy the breeze and soak up the sun.  Why not plant a tree, vegetables or flowers?  Refresh yourself by walking through a nearby woods and listen to the birds sing.

Here are just a few books to get you started:

Storey's guide to growing organic orchard fruits for market by Danny Barney

 Rodale's all-new encyclopedia of organic gardening : the indispensable resource for every gardener edited by Fern Marshall Bradley and Barbara W. Ellis.

The Self-sufficiency handbook : a complete guide to greener living / Alan & Gill Bridgewater

Reclaiming our food by Tanya Denckla Cobb

The new organic grower's four-season harvest : how to harvest fresh organic vegetables from your home garden all year long by Eliot Coleman ; illustrations by Kathy Bray ; foreword by Barbara Damrosch

The Practical organic gardener : everything you need to know with more than 200 illustrations by Brenda Little

Or check out the Organic Gardening magazine.

The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.

–Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618–67)

And don't forget about the Earth Day Celebration at Brookside Park in Rensselaer Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Stop by between 9 am and 11 am and visit the Rensselaer Library booth for some fun recycling crafts for all ages.