Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, making the entire month of April the perfect time to increase awareness about going green. At Omaha Public Library (OPL), every day is earth day!
Did you know that Watt Detector devices
are available for checkout at all 12 OPL branches? In partnership with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), OPL has Kill-A-Watt devices that can be used to measure the amount of electricity your household appliances use. You may also pick up Omaha recycling bins at several OPL locations: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch (2100 Reading Plz.), Charles B. Washington Branch (2868 Ames Ave.), Milton R. Abrahams Branch (5111 N. 90th St.), Saddlebrook Branch (14850 Laurel Ave.), and South Omaha Library (2808 Q St.).
OPL also celebrates spring with eco-friendly events! “Go green” and carpool, walk or bike to your local OPL branch to enjoy these free programs.
- Green Cleaning: Make your own "green" cleaning products to take home and use.
- Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m., Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402.444.4846
- Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m., South Omaha Library, 402.444.4850
- Green Body Care: Use basic recipes and add your own twist to make luscious bath salts and scrubs from natural ingredients. Materials provided. Space limited. Registration required.
- Saturday, April 5, 2:30 p.m., Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299
- Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402.444.4848
- Tuesday, April 22, 12 p.m., W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800
- Upcycled Tees: Learn how to transform old t-shirts into no-sew totes, necklaces and scarves. Refreshments and snacks provided.
- Tuesday, April 8, 4 p.m., W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402.444.4852
- Every Day Is Earth Day Storytime
- Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., W. Dale Clark Main Library
- Thursday, April 10, 10:15 a.m., Village Green, 227 Arbor Ct.
- Junk Jewelry: Raid the junk drawer and create your own necklaces, bangles and rings. Materials provided.
- Thursday, April 17, 4 p.m., Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 402.444.6284
- Drum Craft: Use recycled materials to create and decorate a drum to take home.
- Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m., Milton R. Abrahams Branch
- Upcycling Plastic Lunch & Snack Containers: Upcycle those leftover milk jugs into reusable lunch and snack containers. Registration required.
- Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m., Saddlebrook Branch, 402.884.7473
- DIY Air Fresheners: Learn how to safely blend your own essential oils for great smelling rooms in your home. Materials provided. Registration required.
- Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Florence Branch
- Incredible Edible Landfill: Learn how the trash process works and what we can do to help our community and earth. Participants will use pudding, candy, cookies, cereal, and other tasty treats to create an edible landfill. Registration required.
- Tuesday, April 22, 4 p.m., Millard Branch
- Green Bowl Project: Plant-based Foods: Learn from the best on how you can easily adopt a healthier nutrition-minded philosophy. Space limited. Registration required.
- Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., Millard Branch
- Healthy Cooking Demo: Join local community organization No More Empty Pots for a healthy cooking demonstration.
- Saturday, April 26, 1 p.m., Charles B. Washington Branch, 402.444.4849
- DIY Home Décor: Create home decor from recycled materials. Registration required.
- Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m., Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 402.289.4367
- Upcycling - May Day Baskets: Make baskets and flowers from recycled materials.
- Monday, April 28, 10:30 a.m., W. Dale Clark Main Library
- Green Garage Sale: Go green and turn your unwanted goods into cold cash. Garage-saler Melanie Roll will share tips on how to successfully turn your stuff into “green."
- Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Millard Branch
Some events require registration or have recommended ages for participation. For detailed descriptions or to register, visit omahalibrary.org
or call the hosting branch. Visit omahalibrary.org
for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.