The Dustin Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Earth Day” on Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the celebration.

Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin launched the idea of a conservation group in September of 1969. He began this endeavor in the winter of 1969 by engaging a group of students at Colombia University. By April 1970, over 20 million American citizens had participated in the event. Today, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide.

“ Our goal here at the library is to continue our efforts to teach our patrons about saving the environment, eating healthy and enjoying outdoor activities, and accepting responsibility for making sure that Planet Earth is livable for future generations” said Sonya Miller, programs and public outreach librarian,

This year, the focus is on the National Slogan, “Help Generate a Billion Acts of Green”. It is hoped that this year’s event will encourage patrons and members of the community to choose to commit to at least one small act that can make a difference. “Whether it is shutting off lights in rooms that are not being used or planting a tree, every little bit helps to protect and preserve our natural resources. In addition to helping the environment, these small acts can also save money,” Miller said.

Participants in the Library event include: Edinburg Cool Cities, The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Texas Agri-Life Extension, The World Birding Center, the Edinburg Recycling Center and many more. City Forester, Ed Kuprel, will also be offering free seedlings while supplies last. So, come by and learn more about how you can make a difference in your home and in your community. Take the pledge and help generate a billion acts of green!

Also, on that date at 10 a.m., the Library along with the City Forester and the City of Edinburg will commemorate “Arbor Day” with the planting of a tree at the Library. The public is invited to attend both events.

For more information call 956-383-6246 and ask for Sonya Miller or come by the library located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg or visit our website at www.edinburg.lib.tx.us.