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The residents of Western Queens are no longer green when it comes to saving the environment.

Hundreds of people attended the first annual Western Queens Green Resources Fair on September 10 in order to learn how to live healthier, greener lives and discover green activities in the area. The fair, which was made possible by the Greening Western Queens Fund of North Star Fund, was held at the Long Island City Queens Library, located at 40-20 Broadway.

“Libraries are ultimate in reuse,” said Lynne Serpe, the fair’s organizer. “They are about learning and sharing resources. What better place to learn about being green than your local library?”

Roughly two dozen green organizations participated in the event, including Build It Green! NYC, Earth Day NY, Green Shores NYC, National Children’s Study and the Astoria Park Alliance.

Games, giveaways and eco-crafts were available at the fair, providing an enjoyable and educational day for children and adults alike. In addition, visitors had the opportunity to plant peas and beans to bring home with them and interact with Serema chickens and loads of worms.

“People have a real interest in learning how they can save money and save the environment, whether from recycling or composting or making their homes more energy efficient,” said Serpe, who also manages a Greening Initiative at five local branch libraries. “But they also want to have fun. Our eco-crafting and gardening programs are hugely popular.”

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