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Column: Get your green on at Marshfield library

11:00 AM, Mar. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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Marshfield Public Library is as ready for the wearing of the green as it is for the growing of the green.

Whether March comes in like a lamb or a lion, people always think of St. Patrick's Day and begin planning for gardens. Either way, your library can help.

If you are looking for information on St. Patrick, there are a number of resources to help you find his life story, legends, why he was canonized as a saint and his use of a shamrock as a parable to explain the trinity. Are you seeking ways to celebrate this patron saint of Ireland? A number of books and magazine have party ideas with menus, recipes and decorations suggestions.

Perhaps you're more focused on the green yearnings that begin with garden plotting, research and plans for seed starting. If so, then more than 570 items on gardening await you. Another 29 items focus on just seeds.

In addition, the ECB VideoLink electronic resource has more than 300 streaming videos on the topics of Environmental Education & Agriculture from the Educational Communications Board. To reach this really cool tool, visit the library website at www.marshfieldlibrary.org and then click on the E-SOURCES link in the upper right quadrant of the page. Next, you select ECB VideoLink from the list of electronic resources.

If you are not in the library when you go to this link, depending on your Internet service provider, you may be asked to input your library card number. (That's the series of 14 numbers on your library card. Enter the numbers without spaces or dashes.) You will be taken to the ECBVideoLink website. From here you can browse by subject or title to find videos that are of interest. When you see something in the list, you just click on it to start the video.

You also might wish to explore e-books or digital audiobooks by choosing "Overdrive" from the E-SOURCES list. There are 71 e-books on the topic of gardening in nine different formats intended to work on up to 13 different types of devices.

These are just a few of the resources available to you at the Marshfield Public Library, To learn more about any of them, please visit our website or stop in to speak with the friendly staff at the Reference Center. We'll be happy to help you "get your green on."

Lori Belongia is director of Marshfield Public Library.

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