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Library Holding Programs To Celebrate Earth Day

April 3, 2012 by Special To The ...

Earth Day is quickly approaching and the Cheshire Public Library plans to hold several programs focused on environmental issues. If you're interested in nature, plan to come out to one of these events:

Where to Hike in Cheshire

Date: Wednesday, Apr 18
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Explore the hiking opportunities located in Cheshire. From meadows to Connecticut’s second largest waterfall, the town has over 2,000 acres of open space that are owned by the Town and the Cheshire Land Trust. The program presenters will be Suzanne Simone, Cheshire's town environmental planner, and Rick Marinaro, of the Cheshire Land Trust. Free hiking maps, property descriptions, and directions will be available. The Town website, a valuable resource for open space information, will be highlighted. Seating is limited.

The Plight of Connecticut Songbird Populations

Date: Monday, Apr 23
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Many Connecticut songbirds are in decline. This program explores the possible reasons why this is occurring. The
guest speaker is Dr. Min Huang, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Biologist & Leader of the Migratory Gamebird Program. Seating is limited.

Shade Gardening

Date: Tuesday, Apr 24
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Shade conditions present many challenges to the gardener - yet it is possible to enjoy seasonal color and cooler summer spaces away from the direct sun. This program will be presented by Kathy Connolly, a landscape designer who has a master's degree in Sustainable Landscape Design. Connolly is an Advanced Master Gardener and Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Seating is limited.

Container Gardening: Indoors & Out

Date: Wednesday, Apr 25
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Growing plants in pots requires different strategies than growing plants in the ground. Topics discussed are: choosing the right potting soil and pots, selecting the proper plants, fertilizing and watering, starting plants from seeds and cuttings. Gregory Bugbee of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will be the presenter. Seating is limited.

Climate Change: Reality or Fiction?

Date: Thursday, Apr 26
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Forty percent of the world has never heard of climate change, and many Americans dismiss it as a left-wing hoax. The public is invited to explore this complex issue with scholar Lisa Fernandez from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies who is deeply involved in the current research.
Lisa Fernandez is Assistant Director of Yale's Project on Climate Change and co-author of Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities. She will present recent research and engage with the audience in exploring the issues involved in climate change studies. This program is free and open to the public.

For all programs, register online at, or by calling (203) 272-2245.

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