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Mar 4 @ 14:23
Green Features of New Arlington Central Library

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Fielder House
1616 W Abram St,
Arlington, Texas 76013

Yoko Matsumoto, Director of Libraries, will talk about the green features of the new Arlington Central Library and how its Sun Club's will promote Arlington’s sustainability.

Imagine a library with a butterfly garden, an edible garden, a seed library, voltaic lighting, and more. This is what our new library is offering Arlington citizens with the help of $400,000, from Green Mountain Energy (GME) Sun Club. It’s the Sun Club’s largest grant ever! Yoko will explain the green features of the library and its sustainable programs made possible by the GME Sun Club. The mission of the Sun Club is to enhance the quality of life through long-term, sustainable solutions that focus on people and the planet. Yoko’s presentation will have you ready to enjoy your new library when it opens June 9, 2018. The Arlington Public Library (APL) provides seven unique neighborhood anchors that open the world of possibility to all who enter.

Yoko began her career with APL in May of 2008 and was honored to be named director in March 2015. Prior to joining APL, Yoko worked extensively in the field of education. She taught in grades ranging from kindergarten to high school – skipping the entire middle school stage. She has supported youth development through coaching soccer and volleyball at the high school and club levels. Yoko gained non-profit experience presenting educational programs to parents with children in inner city schools in Dallas. Between 1998-2000, Yoko served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the Island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde located in West Africa.

Yoko was born and raised in Oak Cliff. She graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas and arrived at The University of Texas at Arlington as a scholarship athlete in volleyball in 1992. She received a B.A. in History in 1996, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2006, and is currently working on a Master of Public Administration. She lives, works and plays in Arlington with her 11-year-old twins Asaya and Matisse and her husband Eric Matsumoto. 

See http://www.acctexas.org/meetings/ for more details.