Dig, Plant, Water, and Grow

Today is a big day for the Middle County Public Library, who was recently featured in the March/April 2011 issue of American Libraries. The Nature Explorium opens for the season at 11:00am with a celebration of National Garden Month. NYS Assemblyman Steven Englebright will be on hand as well as Newsday’s Garden Detective Jessica Damiano. Activities are planned for kids and teens, and local organizations will be showcasing displays and exhibits. For more information about today’s event, please visit the Nature Explorium online.

Heidi Younger, the artist who designed the map of the Nature Explorium, is an artist to watch.  She was able to create this gorgeous image after only a brief conversation with the Middle Country staff. Serendipitously, Heidi has family that lives in the Centereach community. This talented artist, whose work is featured on book covers and in magazines, needs to illustrate a children’s book, don’t you think?

The Brentwood Public Library and Riverhead Free Library have partnered with Middle Country and will also be offering gardening programs as part of the Grow It! grant provided by the National Grid Foundation. For those of you celebrating National Garden Month around the county, enjoy getting your hands dirty!