APPLETON and BREMEN — Once again Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is teaming up with Bremen Library and Appleton Library to present an environmental book club in Knox and Lincoln Counties focused on environmental issues.
The Bremen Library group will meet October 2 and 16, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and the Appleton Library group will meet October 3 and 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This month’s book features a keystone species and ubiquitous mammal around Maine – the beaver. Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb in Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter highlights the many beneficial contributions of beavers.
“If you think you know about this keystone species, think again,” said SWCD, in a news release.
Winner of the 2019 PEN/EO Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing, Goldfarb writes for the general public with warmth and humor as he challenges the dominant cultural perspective of this riparian critter.
Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus, noted “Eager is a revelation! If we only let them live, beavers are the solution to many of our nation’s ecological problems.”
“In Eager Ben Goldfarb demonstrates that beavers are more than just a fascinating and mysterious rodent — they’re also an ‘animal that doubles as an ecosystem’ said Emma Marris, fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; author of The Rambunctious Garden, in a news release.
Participants are asked to read the first of three sections before the first gathering. For those not wishing to purchase books, limited copies are available to borrow through your local library or InterLibrary Loan.
There is no fee for the program. For planning purposes, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.