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Tree Themed Reads for Arbor Day!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

This Friday, April 29th, marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day! The tree planter’s holiday is celebrated nationally and internationally and is particularly grand to us here locally. Bexley is a city that loves its trees. Among the 14,000 trees here, you’ll see various types including white oaks, scarlet oaks, shingle oaks, bur oaks, sugar maples, and red maples to name a few. The tree lined streets define this city. In fact, in 2013 Bexley was accredited as an arboretum, the first city in the U.S. to do so.

We hope you enjoyed Arbor Day themed trivia last week at the Drexel with Luke and Jen. If you were one of the lucky prize winners and won a new shrub, or if you’ve got tree planting on your to-do list, you may want to borrow one of our newest unique circulating items. Generously donated by the Bexley Community Foundation, we are now the proud owners of three 40-inch fiberglass handle digging shovels. They are 7-day loans happily waiting to help you with your next project.

This week in honor of Arbor Day we’re bringing you a variety of tree related titles. Feeling stumped with what to read this spring? Try one of these.

  • Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson, 2021 | print / digital | Green read •  Small town setting •  Flawed characters
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018 | print / digital | Book club best bet •  Environmentalism •  Lyrical writing
  • Greenwood by Michael Christie, 2020 | print / digital | Family saga •  Stylistically complex •  Character driven
  • The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us by Meg Lowman, 2021 | print | Memoir •  Nature writing •  Richly detailed
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, 1974 | print / digital | Essays •  Leisurely paced •  Reflective
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, 1998 | print / digital | Nonfiction that reads like fiction •  Funny •  Engaging