[image-1]Charleston County Public Libraries join in the effort to fight marine debris in our local waterways this summer by distributing reusable bags in June and July. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation awarded a $6,400 grant to CCPL to purchase reusable bags which libary-goers may pick up during the months of June and July, while supplies last.

CCPL Deputy Director Jim McQueen says, “We are so excited about this collaboration and the potential impact CCPL may have in combating the growing pollution of plastics in our marine environment.” Hear, hear. Help celebrate going green — and saving the lives of sea creatures — with a kickoff event on Thurs. June 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the John’s Island Regional Branch. In honor of World Oceans Day this event will feature speakers from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.

CCPL’s PR manager, Natalie Hauff, says that the library system currently uses about 20,000 plastic bags a year and that Charleston County Public Libraries hope to phase plastic bags out by June 8. Paper bags can be provided to patrons who need bags to carry checked out materials.

Learn more about CCPL’s efforts at ccpl.org.