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WILMINGTON — Petit Memorial Library is offering a number of programs in the coming weeks.

AquaponicsWant to learn about Aquaponics — a system of aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks or ponds) in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically (cultivating plants in water), which in turn purifies the water?

Aquaponics combines the two distinct farming methods, aquaculture & hydroponics in a symbiotic closed-loop environment. As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponic systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponic system can vary as much as any system found in either farming discipline.

Join in to learn more about this type of food growing, at 4 p.m. today.

Recipe SwapFind out new, delicious recipes to try with all your fall vegetables at the Fall Harvest Recipe Swap at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. All attendees will receive the recipes shared and a free box of fall veggies.

E-mail all recipes to by Wednesday, October 28. For more event information call the library, 802-464-8557.

Book signingCome to the Old School Community Center at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, when author/illustrator Hope Phelan will introduce her newly published Children’s book, “Bandit Runs Boston.” Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Phelan is a local artist and art teacher who has recently published a children’s book inspired by her love of marathon running. Phelan has run the Boston Marathon numerous times and won the Brooklyn Marathon in 2015. She has been painting marathon scenes since her first Boston Marathon in 2013. The birth of her first child in 2019 motivated her to write and illustrate a children’s book. Her first book — “Bandit Runs Boston” — is based on her marathon paintings and also her amazing training partner, her dog.

“Bandit Runs Boston” is a tale of a goofy hound dog named Bandit who dreams of running the Boston Marathon. As he watches the runners start the race in Hopkinton, he cannot contain his excitement and decides to jump in! The story follows Bandit as he passes iconic points along the course of the legendary Boston Marathon. When he makes a friend along the way, he decides he must help her reach the finish line.


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