Carver County Libraries

"Go Green Live" in 2009-2010 built off the "Message in a Tube" project by expanding waste reduction education throughout all of the library's programming, including adult and children's programming. This initiative included a non-toxic gardening series, book club kits including related books, and waste reduction related performers. The Go Green Live featured performers Mrs. Jean Go Green, magician Robert Halbrook and programs by the ZooMan and the Raptor Center geared toward children and families. Library staff organized a gardening series and created a Master Gardener Help Desk. The program also included the Earth Day storytimes and school age activities, including the Carver Kids Explore for the Summer Reading program. They produced video clips and featured waste reduction at their Carver County Fair exhibit. With their direct involvement in programming, staff across the library system has embraced a no-waste approach within internal library systems.

Carver County Libraries also received funding in 2007-2008 and launched a no waste themed "Message in a Tube" social marketing program with teens and tweens, reaching over 500 students and their families. The project included training, video creation and educational film debuts at Watertown and Chaska schools and all five library locations in Carver County. Hands on activities were conducted at the film debuts and other library events reaching 450 library patrons and included creating recycling log journals, recycled weaved bracelets, non-toxic cleaners and decorating reusable muslin bags. In addition, all five library locations offered a new Go Green book collection used in the summer reading and story time programs reaching 871 children. The films are currently posted on You Tube. The Go Green video collection will grow to up 250 media items and the Go Green storytelling programs will be offered each year.

Grant Project Year(s)
2009, 2008
Contact Information
Heidi Hoks, Branch Manager
217 South Vine Street
Waconia, MN 55387

Tools Created

Carver County Library Storytime Lessons (pdf, 2 MB)

Carver County Library staff created these 10 storytime lessons as part of their 2009-2010 grant project. Each storytime lesson includes book suggestions, songs and fingerplays, and ideas for creative project ideas. Geared toward early childhood age children.