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Look for water-themed books in Little Free Libraries
The Minneapolis Parks Foundation has stocked eight Little Free Libraries in seven Northeast parks with books aimed at teaching young readers and adults about the value of caring for and conserving the region’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
Audubon, Beltrami, Bottineau, Logan, Jackson Square, Waite, and Windom parks were chosen because they’re within the conservation area of Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), which is supporting the project with a Stewardship Fund grant.
The lending libraries in Minneapolis Parks are “take one, leave one” free book exchanges. The Parks Foundation and MWMO together chose 10 water-themed children’s titles for the “Book It to the Watershed” effort:
“10 Things You Can Do to Save Water,” by Jenny Mason; “10 Cosas Que Peudes Hacer Para Ahorrar Agua,” by Jenny Mason; “A Drop in the Ocean: The Story of Water,” by Jacqui Bailey; “A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder,” by Walter Wick; “All the Way to the Ocean,” by Joel Harper; “At the Waterworks (Magic School Bus series),” by Joanna Cole; “De Camino al Oceano,” by Joel Harper; “Saving Water,” by Rebecca Olien; “Water Isn’t Wasted! How Does Water Become Safe to Drink? (The Story of Sanitation),” by Riley Flynn and Kelly Barnhill; and “Why Should We Save Water,” by Tony Stead.
Community members can look for the MWMO-stamped books in 21 additional parks throughout the city that are also within the watershed district. The Parks Foundation also distributed an additional 1,000-plus books to all 55 free lending libraries in Minneapolis Parks.