SHREVEPORT, LA – Shreve Memorial Library is inviting the public to join the library in celebrating Earth Day this April. Earth Day, recognized annually on April 22, is a day to celebrate the earth, bring attention to environmentalism, and raise awareness about pollution and ways to maintain a clean, healthy habitat. Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish will host a variety of programs celebrating Earth Day during the month of April. All library programs are free and open to the public; however, registration may be required.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Since its creation, Earth Day has become a global event reaching over 1 billion people in more than 190 countries. Shreve Memorial Library branches will host numerous Earth Day celebrations on April 22, allowing patrons to take a pledge to be good stewards of the environment and learn ways that they can protect the environment and planet. Earth Day celebrations are scheduled at the following Shreve Memorial Library Branches:

Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, 8303 Line Avenue

Earth Day Celebration for Adults including environmental trivia and Earth Day Bingo, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Teen Earth Day Celebration for middle and high school students, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue

Take the Earth Day Pledge, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue

Friends of the Earth Event for Teens, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

North Caddo Branch, 615 N. Pine Street (Vivian)

Earth Day Collage, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Teen Earth Day Celebration, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street

North Shreve Homeschool Group: Earth Day Composting, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

In addition, Shreve Memorial Library branches will host several Earth Day-themed programs at area library branches throughout the month of April. These programs include guest speakers, story times and movie nights, as well as arts and crafts that promote beautification, recycling and repurposing of materials.

On Wednesday, April 20, Shreveport Green volunteers and staff members will visit the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch to lead a program for teens focusing on recycling, eating healthy, and being a better steward of the environment. The program will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Hamilton/South Caddo Branch is located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

Earth Day storytime programs and movie nights will take place Tuesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 23. Storytime programs encourage early literacy through stories, interactive play, songs, dance and crafts. Storytime programs will be held on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Wallette Branch, located at 363 Hearne Avenue. The Broadmoor Branch will also host Earth Day storytime programs on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. and on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. The Broadmoor Branch is located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. In addition, the West Shreveport Branch will host Earth Day movie nights, bringing stories of environmental themes to life. The West Shreveport Branch will show the movies Wall-E and Disney’s Nature Earth on Monday, April 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The West Shreveport Branch is located at 4380 Pines Road.

Earth Day activities encouraging library patrons to take pride in their environments by beautifying their spaces with flowers and pottery will take place at several Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout the month of April. Patrons of the Hamilton/South Caddo, West Shreveport, and North Shreveport Branches will have the opportunity to make their own seed bombs. Seed bombs are made up of clay, soil and seeds and are designed to bring greenery and colorful pollinator habitats to urban landscapes, neglected areas, and home gardens. DIY seed bomb workshops will take place on Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch and at 4:30 p.m. at the North Shreveport Branch. The West Shreveport Branch will also host a DIY seed bomb workshop on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, library patrons will be able to decorate terracotta pots to plant new flowers in at several library branches. On Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20, children and teens can visit the Broadmoor Branch to learn about Earth Day and decorate terracotta pots. The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. on both days at the Broadmoor Branch. At the Oil City Branch, located at 102 Allen Street, adults are invited to plant seeds of spring with a new potted plant on Thursday, April 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and children will learn about the importance of Earth Day at the Means Branch, 7016 E. Magnolia Lane in Ida, while making a dirt cup on Wednesday, April 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Teens can also paint custom flowerpots at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road, on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Crafts promoting recycling and repurposing materials will also be held at several Shreve Memorial Library branches. On Thursday, April 21, the North Shreveport branch will teach patrons how to turn rocks into something beautiful through decoupage. The program will take place at 2:00 p.m. and is limited to 12 participants. Those interested can call 318-674-8172 to register. On Monday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m., teens are invited to visit the Hosston Branch, 15478 US Highway 71, to paint an ideal picture of ways to keep the world a beautiful place. Several craft events will take place on Tuesday, April 26 as well. At 10:00 a.m., library patrons are invited to create Tree of Life pendants at the West Shreveport Branch and recycled paper art at the Atkins Branch. The Gilliam Branch will host an Earth Day Art Journaling program at 2:00 p.m., inviting patrons of all ages to use various collage and art mediums to construct a unique and expressive art journal. The Gilliam Branch is located at 12797 Main Street in Gilliam. Earth Day activities will wrap up on Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. with a “Plarn Projects” program at the Broadmoor Branch. Attendees will learn to create yarn from plastic bags to use in knitting, crocheting or weaving projects.

About Shreve Memorial Library

Shreve Memorial Library transforms Caddo Parish lives with resources, services and support to create a better world. Focusing on service priority areas of creating and maintaining young readers, stimulating imagination, providing lifelong learning, information fluency, and ready references, and informing citizens, Shreve Memorial Library’s 21-branch system is maintained by a parish-wide property tax millage to support the informational, educational and recreational needs of its constituents.