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Durham County Library Hosts Earth Day Program on Sand County Almanac

Program: A Sand County Almanac Reading
Date: Wednesday, Apr. 22
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a reading of the environmental classic A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.

Written by Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac was published in 1949, one year after Leopold’s death. It has become a classic, with over two million copies printed and translations available in 12 languages. The reading will feature WUNC radio host Frank Stasio, Duke Forest Director Sara Burns, poet Ken Rumble, students and faculty of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, members of the environmental community and local political leaders.

Leopold was a prolific writer for scientific journals and conservation magazines in the early to mid-1900s, especially in his field of forestry and wildlife management. In 1937, he became increasingly focused on reaching the public with a message of conservation and worked for 12 years to write essays with the goal of inspiring people to take action to ensure the future health of the land and water. Through these efforts, Leopold helped lay the foundation for the environmental movement, including the more recent wave of sustainability thinking and action. His work continues to inspire those involved in wildlife conservation, the local food movement and sustainable agriculture, ecological restoration, ecological economics, community-based conservation and other still-emerging fields. A Sand County Almanac is often ranked with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation, the Forest History Society and The Regulator Bookshop. For more information call Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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