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Earth Day 2018—“End Plastic Pollution” April 17, 2018

As some of the signs at the People’s Climate March of 2014 read , “There is no PLANet B!”
We have but this one earth to sustain all living things, including us human beings.
April 22nd is Earth Day, a time to reflect annually on the beauty—and the fragility– of our natural world. There is
a theme this year: “END PLASTIC POLLUTION”.
Recent reporting on the North Atlantic and Pacific Garbage Patches, gigantic gyres containing plastic waste
swirling in our oceans, has increased awareness of one aspect of this problem, and raised concerns about
degrading plastic bits getting into our food supply through seafood consumption—not to mention the threat to the sea life itself and the natural food web!
Prevention seems more easily attainable than removal at this stage, though many are working on that difficult task.
The good news is that WE can help stem the tide of plastic pollution!
Here are a few links to more resources to use and share as we try to solve this problem together, each of us taking
responsibility for our own actions that both help and hinder efforts to clean up our act. For newcomers, you can
even start small— and be a part of the solution!!
Two very simple things that make a BIG difference:
 Use a reusable drinking bottle rather than those plastic disposables as often as you can.
 Bring a reusable shopping bag when you shop, and skip the plastic bags that can end a life.

Below are additional resources with more details for those who feel more ambitious.
https://www.earthday.org/
https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html
https://www.oceanicsociety.org/blog/1720/7-ways-to-reduce-ocean-plastic-pollution-today
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/10-ways-reduce-plastic-pollution
You get the drift… Please consider using less plastic!
If you use plastic, recycle it responsibly.
We need to keep our planet healthy—if WE want to be healthy.
Be part of the solution.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

A Message from Morton

Thank you to all area library advocates who helped reach out to state legislators this budget season. Because of your input the legislators listened and increased State Library Aid and State Public Library Construction Aid. Now we are asking that you let your legislators know how much we appreciate their work on this budget. “The New York Library Association (NYLA) makes it easy for you to thank your local legislators through the NYLA Online Advocacy Center! In less than 15 seconds, you can send a message of appreciation with a pre-loaded thank you letter, or edit the letter to send your own personal message of thanks: https://bit.ly/2GzSry6

While we are thanking folks, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention those who sponsor Morton events. Thanks to Back Yard to Table and Sue Sie for not only coming up with the idea of the Sustainability Series but also for helping to fund it. AT&T is a funder of our Morton Seed Library initiative. Arts Mid-Hudson, through their Decentralization Program have made possible our new Jazz @ the Morton series. Thompson Technology Solutions and Design has been sponsoring Richard’s Rhinecliff Acoustic Show for many years.

Thanks to those who sponsor, who attend, who create programs, and who support their local libraries and specifically Morton – THANK YOU!

Morton Board Meeting Dates

The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

January 18, 2018, February 1, 2018, March 1, 2018, April 5, 2018, May 3, 2018, June 7, 2018, July 5, 2018, August 2, 2018, September 6, 2018, October 4, 2018, November 1, 2018, December 6, 2018.

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.