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A Living Library = A. L. L.

A Living Library provides a powerful systemic framework, methodology, and strategy for creating placed-based, ecological change in schools and communities - locally and globally.

A Living Library (A.L.L.) incorporates local resources, and transforms them to become vibrant, content-rich, 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.

Jul02

Two New Exciting Art Exhibitions Feature A Living Library & Bonnie Ora Sherk – In Italy and NYC !

RI Living Library & Think ParkFOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action, curated by Amy Lipton at Smack Mellon Gallery in adorable Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY,  from June 7-July 27, features Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library.  The exhibit focuses on New York artists who work with food and agriculture.  This exhibition features A Living Library, and specifically showcases an installation on the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park. View more information about the exhibit on the Smack Mellon Website and ecoartspace blog.   Also read the FOODshed Press Release.

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IMG_6798IMG_6812Another exciting exhibition that features Bonnie Ora Sherk's work with A Living Library and her earlier Life Frame,  Crossroads Community (the farm),  is in Turin, Italy, at Parco Arte Vivente (PAV).  The international exhibition, which opened on May 30 through November 2, is Vegetation As A Political Agent, curated by Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkman. The Museum has invited Bonnie Ora Sherk to visit Turin this fall, and explore with the Museum and local community, the opportunity to create a Turin Branch Living Library & Think Park

Please see press release, website, and installation views below:

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Jul01

Roosevelt Island Branch Living Library & Think Park: Preparation & Planting On Roosevelt Island Day – June 21

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Elementary School Students from Roosevelt Island learned science, math, and literacy, and about gardens and plants while preparing the garden beds of the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park for the Annual Living Library Planting on Roosevelt Island Day, this year, held on June 21.

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And they wrote about their experiences in their A.L.L. Journals...  .and then continued to dig in the earth !

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14IMG_6649And, then came the planting on Roosevelt Island Day - June 21 by the community led by Bonnie Ora Sherk !   A great time was had by all and another beautiful Living Library Garden was created by the Roosevelt Island community !!!

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Stay tuned for updated pictures as the beautiful RI Living Library Garden grows !!!

 

Jul01

Volunteers From Salesforce Plant California Natives In Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk In Holly Park

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Two Volunteer Groups from Salesforce led by Jillian West and Dennis Won, joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk, and SF Recreation & Park Department in Holly Park on May 2 and May 7, respectively, to prepare new planting beds, and plant California natives in Holly Park, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  Volunteers helped tremendously in developing the new native landscapes in the Park, and the Living Library Nature Walk is growing and blooming with gorgeous colors !

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Volunteers planted all California Natives: Lavatera, Mimulus (Sticky Monkey), Yarrow, Douglas Iris, Penstemon, Romnya coulteri (Matilja Poppy), and other colorful natives.

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The Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk links schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces leading to the currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary’s Park.  The Nature Walk is creating a new, expressive,  narrative landscape that is a prototype for what could be occurring throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, that interlinks eleven neighborhoods:  Noe Valley, Mission, Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Portola, Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, OMI, Sunnyside, Glen Park.

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More volunteer events are coming up !  If  you would like to participate, or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us: info@alivinglibrary.org

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Jun13

Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Featured at Open Engagement Conference at Queens Museum

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Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library were featured at the Open Engagement Conference on Social Practice Art at the Queens Museum in New York, on May 17, 2014.  The panel focussed on Watersheds, and Ms. Sherk discussed, with a slide presentation, the Branch Living Library & Think Parks underway at five schools in the Islais Creek Watershed in San Francisco, and the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk, that is linking multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces, and that serves as a prototype for what could be happening throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in San Francisco, that interconnects eleven communities. 

The audience was very interested and several groups from around the United States want to now develop a place-based, Branch Living Library in their community.

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Matthew Friday wrote: "Many thanks to Gregory Sholette, Linda Weintraub, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Iain Kerr, and Emily Vail for participating in the Watershed Panel at Open Engagement. So excited to be able to sustain a fluid and dynamic conversation about this important topic and looking forward to future collaborations."

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Jun13

Solar Cooking at OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park Teaches Students About Energy and Appropriate Technology

1-IMG_65506th Grade Science Students from James Denman Middle School learn about solar energy and solar cooking from new A.L.L. Teacher, Brennan Blazer Bird at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Students harvested tasty, fresh vegetables and flowers from the Living Library Gardens, and prepared Mexican-style Nachos that baked in the Solar Oven, while they learned more about science, energy concepts and appropriate technology.

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Jun13

Bernal Heights Living Library Students Help Develop Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk In Holly Park

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Students from the Bernal Heights Branch Living Library & Think Park  based at Junipero Serra Elementary School and Junipero Serra Child Development Center joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk, and the SF Recreation & Park Department in Holly Park to plant California native understory plants at the Appleton Entrance and Entrance across from Junipero Serra Elementary School, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  The students learned a lot and created beautiful entrances to Holly Park, helping the Nature Walk grow ! 

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3-IMG_6248The Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk is linking multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets and other open spaces leading to currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park.  This Nature Walk is a prototype for what could be happening throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco that links eleven neighborhoods in Southeast and Southwest San Francisco.  Already thousands of native trees and understory plants have been planted and the whole neighborhood is being improved by this new, narrative landscape.

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6-IMG_6258The students planted drought tolerant California Natives including:  Mimulus (Sticky Monkey), Romnya coulteri (Matilija Poppy), Penstemon, Douglas Iris, Yarrow, Aesclepius to attract Monarch Butterflys (native Milkweed), Lupin, Erigonum grand rubescens (Buckwheat), Ceanothus (California Lilac), Lavatera (Mallow),  and other colorful natives ! 

It really looks fantastic now !!!  Please come and see for yourself !

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Design and Funding for the project, led by Bonnie Ora Sherk and Life Frames, Inc., which developed the Community Master Plan beginning in 2002, has come from Mayor's Office of Community Development, SF Foundation, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, and more recently from California Strategic Growth Council.

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Jun13

Salesforce Volunteers Work With Students At The OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park !

1-IMG_3076A large group of Salesforce Volunteers led by Brian Lewis spent several hours in early Spring, working with students at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Much was accomplished to care for, and enhance, the Living Library Gardens !

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The adults worked with the students to weed the Gardens, turn the compost, and also create multi-lingual signage for the diverse plants in the Upper & Lower Gardens !

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Everyone had a great experience and the environment was beautified !!!

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Jun13

Students Learn And Enjoy Their Chinatown Living Library & Think Park In The Spring !

1-IMG_6284Please enjoy the beautiful Living Library Gardens in the Chinatown Branch Living Library & Think Park in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown at Gordon Lau Elementary School and Commodore Stockton Child Development Center A Living Library works with almost 500 students - PreK-5th Grade - per month year round at this Branch

Enjoy the beauty that the children help create and maintain while learning math, science, language arts, all the arts, history, health, nutrition, and youth leadership skills !!!

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4-IMG_6277Companion Planting with vegetables and flowers in the Chinatown Branch Living Library & Think Park !

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Jun13

A.L.L. Green Futures Students Create Art from Nature

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A.L.L. Student Stewards learn about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create temporal works of art.  Students then move throughout the OMI/Excelsior Living Library Gardens and find materials to make their works of art.  See and enjoy their beautiful results !

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The middle school students enjoyed this experience and created beautiful works of art, some found in unlikely places !

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Jun13

A.L.L. Students Cook Foods of the Americas: Tortillas, Papusas, Guacamole and More !

A.L.L. Students learn about nutrition and health for the soil, the plants, and people.  They also love and learn to cook delicious and nutritious food and learn new recipies ! 

Below is a beautiful cover made by a student for her A.L.L. Cookbook, and further below, are pictures of diverse multi-cultural lessons based on food, agriculture, and human culture.  Please enjoy as much as the participating middle-school and elementary schoolaged students did at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park over the past few months !

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Making Tortillas:

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Harvesting Fresh Vegetbles and edible flowers from the A.L.L. Gardens to fill the tortillas !

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Making Papusas:

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Filling Pupusas with healthy ingredients from the nearby Gardens !

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A 7th Grade Social Studies Class from James Denman Middle School is learning about the Americas.  In their A.L.L. Class in the OMI/Excelsior Lower Garden, they learn about the contributions towards modern agriculture and foods that the native Aztec and Mayan Cultures made to modern life.  Then the students made Guacamole, Salsa, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. 

Hmm; very delicious !!!  Everyone helped and enjoyed !!!

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Hands-on learning is fun and delicious !!!!  Talk, Think, & Do !  That is our motto in A Living Library !!!!

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