Something as simple as a child's craft can help build an appreciation of our planet.
Hastings Public Library hosted a free arts and crafts event on Saturday, using recyclable items that might usually get thrown away in celebration of Earth Day.
Whether it's making bugs from old egg cartons and yarn fragments or flowers from magazine pages, the concept is clear -- teach them while they're young.
"I think it's important for all of us to be thinking about this, but if you start early about thinking about recycling and reusing items instead of just throwing away," said Children's Librarian Kathy Schultz. "This will carry on into their adult lives, and I think it's a lot easier to start young than to try to train adults sometimes."
Hastings Public Library plans to continue this project in honor of Earth Day. April 22nd marks the 43rd anniversary of the celebration.