Earth Day at the Library!
On Saturday, April 22 the Basalt Regional Library will “Invest in our Planet” for the 2023 Earth Day celebration. Joining forces with the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the library will host a Storytime at 11 am in Midland Park to celebrate the annual River Clean Up taking place the week of April 17.
The library has offered to clean up the riverbank and creek area adjacent to the wetlands in front of the library. We are thrilled to recognize and participate in the good work of the Conservancy and its dedication to protecting our own Gold Medal Rivers.
In other Earth Day news, have you seen the new Electric Vehicle Chargers at the library? With funding from the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and Charge Ahead Colorado, these Level II EV chargers were installed during the winter for use by our patrons and community. While the project is not entirely complete, the chargers are ready for service. Instructions may be found on the units. The library EV chargers are part of Colorado’s initiative to lower emissions throughout the state. We are proud to be a part of the solution to climate change in our community and beyond.
Finally, we are delighted to announce the addition of a permanent bike pump near the east entrance of the library. This Capstone project was the brainchild of Miles Johnson, a senior at Basalt High School. Miles raised the funds, purchased and installed the pump a stone’s throw from the Basalt extension of the Rio Grande Trail and right outside the library’s door.
We honor our mission – to afford our community free and equitable access to information, tools and connections that nurture lifelong learning in a safe and welcoming space – through partnerships with WE-cycle (our own station on Midland Avenue!), the Town of Basalt Green Team (compostable and recyclable products used at all our events), the ASC Environment Foundation, Charge Ahead Colorado, and innovative community members like Miles.
Remember, if you are biking in or out of town and notice your tires are a little low, or your electric vehicle needs an additional few minutes of charging, you now have convenient and permanent places at the library to fill up!
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