The annual Summer Reading Program is still going strong at the Cove library during July with more fun activities scheduled throughout the week.

Weekly Toddler Time is Tuesdays for ages 1-3 and Story Time is Thursdays for ages 3-5. Both start at 10:30 a.m.

Yet I have two words that might not seem to fit, but they do: garbage and pizza. Now a good pizza always sparks up any day but these two words together just don’t fit.

Garbage Pizza is a concept brought on by KAB (Keep America Beautiful Inc.), the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.

Keep America Beautiful Inc. has found that children believe it is OK to litter where they expect someone else to clean; where trash has already accumulated; and where they feel no connection to someone else’s property.

Many corporations and libraries across the United States have sponsored training sessions such as the Garbage Pizza Project to help raise youngsters’ consciousness about the environment. Kevin Marsh, Cove’s Library director, said hopefully children who attend will teach their parents and others about what they learn.

The main objective of the Garbage Pizza activity is for students to be able to:

Describe the composition of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

Identify items within each waste category.

Visualize the amount of waste and categories of MSW.

Students will construct a garbage pizza (a three-dimensional pie chart) representing all the waste thrown away in the U.S., with a slice for each waste category.

Sounds awesome right? Wait until you see the recipe! The garbage pizza may contain:

For pizza dough: mixing bowl, spoon, rolling pin, pizza pan, 2 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 1 cup water, oil or shortening.

For pizza “sauce” and toppings: school glue, red food coloring, small paint brush, waste items from these categories: paper, yard waste, wood, metals, glass, food waste, plastics and other waste such as rubber, leather, textiles. inorganic waste, polyurethane or lacquer (optional).

Tempted to find out the results of the project? The Garbage Pizza event is July 8 at 2 p.m. at the Cove library. Patrons ages 5-11 are welcome to participate.

Visit the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call 254-547-3826.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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