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Perkasie celebrates Earth Day with book read, event series

Residents of Perkasie Borough are getting ready to participate in a community book read and a related series of events in support of International Earth Day, 2019.

The main focus of this year’s global Earth Day campaign is “Protect Our Species,” and Perkasie Borough has been working with local environmental groups and the Perkasie Branch Library to encourage residents and visitors to consider the actions they can take to protect Perkasie’s pollinators.

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees – an endangered species essential to area ecosystems and food supplies – is just as crucial.

Community members are encouraged to “buzz along” to the Perkasie Branch Library to check out a copy of “Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them” by Paige Embry before joining any of the borough’s free Earth Day events.

Kids wishing to join the fun can pick up “Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book” by Britta Teckentrup or “You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Bees!” by Alex Woolf from the Perkasie Branch Library then join in any of these free events.

*Beekeeper and Book Discussion – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17, at Perkasie Branch Library, is a demonstration and presentation by Joe Meyers, owner of Silverdale-based World O’Honey and Christine Applegate, beekeeper and master gardener, followed by a discussion about how to support and grow Perkasie’s native bee population.

*Pollinators in the Park – 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 18, at Menlo Park Pavilion, Perkasie, is a free outdoor presentation for children by naturalists from Peace Valley Nature Center. Learn all about the pollinators found in Perkasie’s park system, why they matter, and what you can do to help them thrive. This is not a drop-off program. Admission is free, but register at

*Library Storytimes – at varying times April 15 to 20, at Perkasie Branch Library, is a week of story times for young children focused on bees and pollinators.

Perkasie Borough also is running a series of environmental events for Earth Day, including a free program titled “Green Your Gift Wrap” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Perkasie’s Chimayo Gift Shop & Gallery. Local artist Amanda Moonbaby will teach attendees how to make gift wrap gorgeous, sustainable, and pocketbook friendly.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the annual Perkasie Park Spring Clean Up. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, by the picnic tables at the Pennridge Little League Fields in Lenape Park. All equipment will be provided.

Direct questions to Perkasie Borough’s Event Coordinator at or 215-257-5065.