FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In the words of an ancient Native American proverb, "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

In the spirit of this idea, Sustainable Fort Bragg has partnered with John L. Throckmorton Library to host a series of environmental programs for children.

The program is designed to educate children about the environment and provide a connection to the natural world, said Mindy Love-Stanley.

"Children are our future," said Love-Stanley, Sustainable Fort Bragg's coordinator of environmental education. "Sustainability is about preserving resources for future generations. The library is a center of learning. It is a place where children can go to expand their imaginations and learn many things. Naturally, the library is one place to connect with the children and their parents on the environment and sustainability."

The programs will feature stories, music and activities with an environmental theme. These events will occur during story hour on the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. at Throckmorton Library.

On March 16, children can celebrate Arbor Day with tales of trees including a reading of the Caldecott Medal winner "A Tree is Nice" by Janice May Udry and Marc Simont.

On April 20, Sustainable Fort Bragg will emphasize Earth Day with stories such as "It's Earth Day" featuring Little Critter by Mercer Mayer and a puppet show about our natural resources. The Earth Day program will be a part of Sustainable Fort Bragg's Earth Day campaign to increase awareness of environmental programs on the installation and to encourage individuals to be aware of the environmental impacts of their decisions.

On May 18, May Day will feature stories and activities on flowers, plants and gardens.
The Sustainable Fort Bragg Education and Community Resources Team will also join the library for its Summer Reading Club programs in June and July.

The collaboration between Sustainable Fort Bragg and Throckmorton Library is an important step in the efforts of both organizations to reach out to the entire Fort Bragg community - including Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians.

"Through shared expertise and creativity, this partnership will expand the library's literacy initiative and maximize its services to the Soldiers and their Families," said Bernadette Ross, a reference librarian at Throckmorton Library. "It will extend the library's outreach mission and amplify its effectiveness as a learning organization on post."

Additionally, the partnership will support Garrison Goal One of a sustainable community and enhance Fort Bragg's mission.

"Sustainability is a very important aspect of Fort Bragg life," said Love-Stanley. "My hope is that we can leave the Soldiers and their children with a beautiful planet for future generations."