In October, Memorial Hall Library invites you to "Go Green @ Your Library" with a series of environmentally friendly events. Come learn how to reduce your impact on the environment, ways to make your home more efficient, and how to live a greener lifestyle.

The series will include four environmental speakers on Tuesday evenings in the library's Memorial Hall. The programs begin at 7 p.m. and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Attendees are eligible to win a door prize provided by Whole Foods Market. Join us for the following exciting events:

Green Transportation — Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. - Find out how to go green with your transportation choices and be part of the local climate change solution, with featured speaker John F. Paul, AAA's Car Doctor. Learn about greener transportation options including hybrid and alternative fueled cars.

Climate Change in New England — Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. - Join in a discussion of the causes of climate change and its effects on the treasures of the Northeast—including skiing, snowmobiling, landscapes, and maple trees. Presented by Tina Woolston, Project Manager for Sustainability at Earthwatch Institute.

How to Live a Greener Lifestyle — Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. - Dan Ruben, executive director of Boston Green Tourism, will share actions for consumers to lead greener lives including options for greener transportation, households, and the reduction of energy and water consumption.

Stirring It Up with Gary Hirshberg — Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. - Gary Hirshberg, the CEO of Stonyfield Farm, will speak about how consumers and businesses can be forces for positive and tangible environmental change. Join us for a talk and book signing. Stirring It Up will be available for purchase. Ticket required for admission (free tickets available at the library starting Oct. 1, and remaining tickets at the door).

The library will host a Green Living Fair on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will include environmental organizations, services, and products. Exhibitors include Whole Foods Andover, Leave No Trace, Greenscapes, the Andover Green Advisory Board, and more.

Teens and kids are invited to participate. Teens can create recycled craft projects on Thursday, Oct. 2 and Oct. 23 from 3-4 p.m. Make something great out of recycled or found materials. Children ages 8-11 can be Eco Kids on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 3:45 p.m. This group will brainstorm ideas for helping the environment in large and small ways and make a "wild" recycled craft.

Throughout October, the library invites the community to participate in recycling projects including community shredding events and a mercury thermometer exchange. Clean out your office, and securely shred ALL (yes, all) of your old personal or confidential documents and bills at a community shredding event. Proshred will send a mobile shredding unit to the library parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Documents packed in paper bags will be shredded on site. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed. By shredding your old paperwork at this event, you will save yourself a lot of time and help prevent identity theft.

Participants who bring a mercury thermometer to the Children's Room will receive a free digital thermometer in exchange. This project is an effort to safely dispose of mercury while reducing the risk of accidental mercury release from broken thermometers at home.

Events are free and open to the public and will be held at Memorial Hall Library, Elm Square, Andover. Events are sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, and door prizes are provided by Whole Foods Market. For more information about the Go Green series or events, visit Memorial Hall Library's web site at www.mhl.org, or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

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