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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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.


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?


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


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.


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 781-591-9267

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!” »

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

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Transformation: Learning through Art

A Living Library itself is an art work—our founder, Bonnie Ora Sherk, has made her career by transforming public urban spaces into more human-friendly, ecological habitats. (See video of her talk at Mills College Art Museum in a previous blog post!)

Our A.L.L. Garden / Ecology / Multi-Arts / Literacy / Nutrition Teachers emphasize to students the importance of creating art and transforming our environment and ourselves through art. For instance, students learned about the usefulness of scientific illustration to communicate knowledge visually. A.L.L. Teacher, Cecilia Frisardi conducted a lesson at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park in flower anatomy which included dissection and illustration.

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