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Win Prizes and a Better Planet

Learn New Ways to Use Less, and Make Every Day Earth Day

Arlington Public Library and the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) have teamed up to push for a healthier planet and more sustainable living throughout the County. 

Earth Day display at Central 2014

Take a look at a solar panel, lots of great books, the “15 under $15″ display and more!


Stop by any Library location (except Plaza) to take a look at some inexpensive and commonsense tools to reduce your carbon footprint, including the Library’s loan-ready Kill A Watt meters, which measure just how much electricity you’re using at home (the results may surprise you).

Earth Day 2014 AIRE wheel

Spin the wheel and win a prize!

Stop by Central Library to sharpen your library skills with AIRE’s challenging new Energy Scavenger Hunt.

Complete the hunt by May 18 for a chance to win all 15 of the stellar sustainability products that make up the “15-Under-$15″ display.

While you’re at Central, visit the Welcome Desk and spin the AIRE Wheel.

You could walk away with a CFL or LED light bulb, a water conservation kit, gaskets to cut down on drafts around your light switches, even a tote bag to cut down on grocery store bags. The Library will also take your CFLs back when they’ve served their purpose.

Since Arlington is known for its fondness for puzzles, work your way through the special AIRE Crossword (available at all Library locations except Plaza) for a chance to win an iPad Mini. Entries must be submitted by May 18. You must be an Arlington County resident 18 or older. Employees of Arlington County and their families are not eligible (but they’d enjoy the puzzle anyway).


And don’t forget to ask for your free green reusable BPA-free spork, which combines a spoon, fork and knife into a handy mealtime reminder to think less.

Earth Day sporks

May the Spork be with you.

Of course the Library also offers plenty to read, watch and think about when it comes to the planet and sustainability. So consider making your trip car-free, and help prove that less is more.


Happy Earth Days. 



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