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A Living Library = A. L. L.

Everyone and everything on Earth and in Space is part of A Living Library of diversity: people, birds, trees, air, water, and all the things we create, such as - parks, gardens, schools, curricula, artworks, networks, communities, celebrations. A Living Library, or, A.L.L., for short, provides a way to understand that culture and technology are part of nature. It’s all nature.

A Living Library provides a powerful systemic framework, multiple methodologies and strategies for creating place-based, ecological change in communities and schools - locally and globally.

A.L.L. integrates local resources - past, present, future - and transforms them with community, to become vibrant, content-rich, art-filled, ecological learning landscapes; each Branch linked to another.

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Apr30

A Living Library: Cultivating The Human & Ecological Garden – Presentation By Bonnie Ora Sherk

Please enjoy A Living Library:  Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden, a Presentation by Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director ofLife Frames, Inc. A Living Library.

Dec13

Arte y Cultiva/Art & Cultivation In Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park At Junipero Serra Early Education School

The Living Library & Think Park at Junipero Serra Early Education School has been transformed this Fall by students, teachers and volunteers working hard to bring life and beauty to the Lower Garden. From Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders, over a hundred students have spent weeks in the Garden, pulling weeds, watering thirsty perennials, creating pathways and building a worm compost to feed the Garden! For some time now, this Living Library & Think Park Garden was needing some TLC, and starting in September it received some enthusiastic helping hands! Bean trellises were built, signs in both Spanish and English were made, and a beautiful mural depicting the relationship between humans and other forms of nature was painted on the stairwell of the Lower Garden.

A fantastic volunteer, Salvador from Chile, graced us with his construction skills and fixed many structures in the Garden. He helped to rebuild garden beds and lent his hand to bringing color and art into the environment ! Thank you, Salvador for all of your hard work!

bedprep-2Growing spaces were rebuilt, soil amended and cultivated with seeds.

plantingbrassicas-34th and 5th Graders planting Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale.

beantrellis-2Ms. Monica’s and Ms. P’s Kindergarten Classes planted the beans that quickly climbed up the trellis that the older students helped to erect.

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Students learned all about worms in Ms. Kristin’s and Ms. Alex’s classes and then went on a scavenger hunt in the Living Library Garden looking for worms, leaves, grass and twigs to add to the worm compost they built.

bilingualsigns-2bilingualsigns2-2 The majority of students at J.Serra are native Spanish speakers, so we wanted to make their Living Library Garden a bi-lingual space. Beautiful images and scientific terms surround the outdoor classroom

  The Lower Garden at Junipero Serra is in bloom and students truly love spending time there. Their Living Library & Think Park is a year-round sanctuary for not only children, but for our wonderful pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The amount of imagination, smiles and laughs that are growing in this ecological and happy environment is enough to bring the roses to bloom and seeds to germinate. The young gardeners of Bernal Heights and the Mission District are busily transforming their Living Library & Think Park Garden into a magical space for humans and other forms of nature, while learning to plant seeds of kindness everywhere they go.   Written by Alexandra Grubb
Sep27

Lovely Learning Of Diversity in OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park !

Attract and Disperse : Lessons in Diversity What better way to experience the diversity of life on our planet than to be taught in a garden? Each day spent in the garden immerses a student in a natural environment where plants and animals interact. Over time, they see thesis organisms change seasonally and develop throughout their lives. Through garden education, students witness these natural cycles firsthand.

1Thank you, Mr. Bee, for helping to pollinate our zucchini!

This month, Pre-K students at San Miguel Early Education School began to learn about flowers as attractors for pollinators. They went on a "color scavenger hunt", matching colored flashcards to plants throughout the garden.

2Over here, pollinators!

3Perfect match!

Older students at San Miguel had a seed diversity lessons, dissecting and investigating a variety of seed vessels. We discussed how reproductive rate may vary between plants as a result of their differing seed dispersal methods.

4Can you name the 8 different plants whose seeds are pictured here?

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Working some ART into our S.T.E.M. lessons -  we believe in the power of S.T.E.A.M. !

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Speaking of Scarlet Runners - have you ever seen such beautiful beans as these?

5Scientific illustrator in training

Prayer Flag Project Complete!

Teachers Sue Meyer and Cecilia Frisardi worked with several classes on an art and literacy project at San Miguel Early Education School this past summer. Students were asked to come up with dreams and goals for their communities and paint these onto a flag. Check out the display in the Redwood Circle at the OMI/Excelsior Branch of a living library today!

6 Sue's class inscribed their flag with such phrases as "Grow Food", "Save Water", and "Spread Love".

7With each gust of wind, positive energy blows across the schoolyard.

Aug24

A.L.L. GREEN FUTURES Paid Internship for Middle & High School Students !!

DCYFfall16ALLGreenFuturesFlyer-page-001 DCYF Fall 2016 Green Futures Application Form For more information contact : Cecilia Frisardi ceciliafrisardi@alivinglibrary.org 781-591-9267
Aug01

Summer Nutrition Classes are in Full Bloom!

Some of the healthiest and most delicious nutrition classes happen during the summer months at A Living Library, when fruit is ripening on the trees and leafy greens are at their finest. Teachers at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park instructed students on how to prepare a salad. Aug. 1, 2016 Blog Post Continue reading “Summer Nutrition Classes are in Full Bloom!” »
Jul29

New Greenhouse Grows At A Living Library !!

We are very proud to announce the addition of a new Greenhouse Learning Zone in Lower Garden at OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park!

Jul.29 2016 Blog PostA.L.L. Green Futures Eco-Stewards revel in the new greenhouse

Continue reading “New Greenhouse Grows At A Living Library !!” »
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