Four ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

Happy 50th anniversary, Earth Day! Held every year on April 22, this year’s theme is climate action. Looking for easy, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate at home? Here are four suggestions!

1. Attend the Earth Day Virtual Mini Film Fest

The One Earth Film Fest is going virtual! From April 20 to 26, you can watch six free screenings entirely online in the comfort of your own home. Events will feature Q&As via live chat on Zoom with filmmakers, expert panelists, and local partners. Register now for individual film screenings »

The main event

  • April 20: Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
  • April 21: The Human Element
  • April 23: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
  • April 24: Why We Cycle
  • April 25: Young Filmmakers Contest Honorable Mention Award-Winning Screenings
  • April 26: The Biggest Little Farm

Recorded virtual events to watch anytime

  • Hike the Divide
  • Monty and Rose

Online Mini Film Festival for families with young children

  • April 18: The Impossible Way by Grady Roderweiss-O’Brien, 4th grade, Beye Elementary School
  • April 19: No Time to Waste by 5th grade students from Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights
  • April 25: Young Filmmakers Contest Honorable Mention Award-Winning Screenings
  • April 26: We All Can Help the Earth! by Zoë and Jada Nevels, 2nd and 3rd grade, Mann Elementary School
  • Earth Day scavenger hunt (PDF) »

2. Discover planet-friendly digital titles on Hoopla

Discover how to make the world a little greener with ebooks, digital audiobooks, and films about animals, global warming, taking sustainable actions to limit your carbon footprint, and more on Hoopla. All you need is your Oak Park library card and PIN.

If you haven’t yet, you need to add your PIN to your Hoopla account. Here’s how »


3. Watch environmental films on Kanopy

Stream films on environmental activism, climate change, sustainability, and understanding our planet on Kanopy. All you need is your Oak Park library card and PIN.


4. Learn more about the Earth with your library card

From plants and animals to environmental issues, there are so many green topics to explore for all ages in your digital library!

For adults

  • GreenFile: Articles from scholarly and general interest titles focused on the environment, with the ability to limit to full-text or peer-reviewed.
  • Science Reference Center: Full-text science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books, images, videos, and animations.

For middle & high school students

  • Living Green: Explore environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.
  • World Book Discover: Easy-to-read articles with a text-to-speech feature.

For elementary school students

  • ScienceFlix: Explores science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features, and more.
  • World Book for Kids: Easy-to-read articles with engaging images, illustrations, interactive games, and activities.

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