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Submitted by Mount Prospect Public Library

The village of Mount Prospect and the Mount Prospect Public Library are using grant funds to offer educational programs to help residents reduce energy consumption.

The first program offered is a presentation by Sarah Susanka, architect and author of "The Not So Big House" series and "The Not So Big Life," who will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. She will address building sustainable communities and lifestyles -- the inspiration for her "Not So Big" books.

Susanka's appearance comes just ahead of the second annual Green Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24. The day begins with a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. at the Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St. Green seminars will take place at both the library and the Village Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Topics include: Sustainable food, water conservation, transportation, renewable energy, and housing. Registration for these seminars is required. Visit, stop by the library, or call (847) 253-5675.

The afternoon "fair," from 1 to 3 p.m., at the library, will feature exhibitors discussing one-on-one strategies for reducing one's carbon footprint personally and in the community. Residents can speak with innovators who are exploring options from art to composting to beauty products. Green prizes will be raffled off during the fair.

No registration is required for the exhibits. Call (847) 253-5675 for more information.