The Ashe County Public Library will be hosting an Earth Day celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.
At 4 p.m., the library will host a story walk outside, allowing children to walk and look at signs which consist of the story book’s pages. Following that, Jo and Scott Wohlfeld from the Wild Crafters will teach attendees how to build their own potato towers, helping grow food in a small space.
“This is an efficient way to grow potatoes and if you have a small space this is a great way to garden and have potatoes,” said Peggy Bailey, youth services librarian. “It’s also supposed to be a way to produce a high yield.”
Also, children will be using recyclable materials to hand make Mother’s Day cards, while the story walk is taking place.
As spring break is beginning for Ashe County Schools, Bailey said these events are good for families who are not traveling out of town.
“This gives something for families to do if they don’t want to travel to the beach,” “There are people growing gardens and we also have hungry in our community, so this is a way for people to help out.
Also, children will get to take home mini-gardens using egg cartons and will plant pumpkin and squash seeds and learn how to cook organic fries, a healthier way to eat fries.
“There is a movement to eat healthier, so we’re hitting all of the health movements for Earth Day,” Bailey said.
Also, the library is taking donated athletic shoes for Appalachian State University basketball player Michael Obacha.
“The way the story goes is that he was upset, because athletes are sometimes superstitious and think they lose because of the shoes they wear, so he saw lightly used shoes going in the trash and thrown away,” Bailey said. “He found a way without violating NCAA rules to get these shoes back to Nigeria.”
Ashe County Public Library is collecting the gently used athletic shoes for The Michael Obacha Shoe Drive and Keep Ashe Beautiful is also collecting other pairs of gently used shoes to donate to GoodWill.
The Library will be collecting the shoes for both drives through May 1.
For more information, call the Ashe County Public Library at (336) 846-2041. For more information on the shoe drive, visit http://www.appstatesports.com/
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.