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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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Recent Updates

Jan22

Presentation at Van Abbe Museum – A Living Library: Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden

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

This presentation, A Living Library:  Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden is currently being exhibited as part of an installation on A Living Library in the Museum of Arte Util  at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindoven, The Netherlands through March 30, 2014.  There is also an installation on Crossroads Community (the farm) in the same exhibition.   Both installations are shown below.

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Mar23

Bonnie Ora Sherk Invited To Present A Living Library In India in Two Cities !

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Bonnie Ora Sherk recently traveled to India, where she was invited to present A Living Library in two different cities - Udaipur in Rajisthan, and Ahmedabad, in Gujurat -  by two different ecological groups:   Big Medicine Charitable Trust in Udaipur, and in Ahmedabad, by the Center for Environment Education.

Scenes from Haveli, (Old City), in Udaipur, Rajisthan, India

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The Big Medicine Charitable Trust in Udaipur led by Rita Kubiak Dixit, Premilla Dixit Nag, and David Kubiak is undertaking large scale projects to help green this beautiful old City and bring it back to its more ecological roots.  They are looking to A Living Library and Life Frames, Inc. to help them in this effort and would like to bring A Living Library to Udaipur.  One of their strategies to engage more local residents and organizations around ecological issues and opportunities, is to present Shakti Sundays, in which diverse artists perform, and others present work to a large group of interested citizens from the area.  Shakti means energy in Hindi.

On the evening of March 2, as part of Shakti Sunday, Bonnie Ora Sherk presented A Living Library, translated in Hindi by Premilla Dixit Nag.   A.L.L. was very well received.  There is now great interest in developing a unique, place-based, Udaipur Living Library & Think Park in the area.  Funds will need to be raised to realize this exciting opportunity.

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Bonnie Ora Sherk traveled next to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, to the Center for Environment Education (CEE), directed by Kartikeya Sarabhai, whom she met in Beijing in 2009, where they were both presenting at the 4th International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), sponsored by UNESCO, People's Republic of China, and Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences

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CEE, the largest environmental group in India, has school programs and interpretation centers all over India and in other parts of the world. Their Main Campus in Ahmedabad, shown below, was originally a sand dune !

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Bonnie Ora presented A Living Library to the large CEE Staff  introduced by Pramod Sharma, Director of CEE's School Programs, and met with staff and later, Kartikeya, to discuss ways of working together to promote ecological thinking and doing in India, the USA, and other parts of the world.   As a way to begin our collaboration, Life Frames and CEE will be linking A.L.L. students from San Francisco and New York City with those from different cities in India, so they can learn about their diverse cultures and ecologies.  Kartikeya Sarabhai is also directing the global, Earth Charter initiative underway now.

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And, after the Presentation, all enjoyed a delicious, vegetarian Indian lunch !

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Feb20

Amigos de las Americas Youth Ambassadors Plant California Natives in Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk

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On Tuesday, January 28th, over 30 high school students and adults from Paraguay and Uraguay in the  Amigos de las Americas Youth Ambassadors Program worked with Bonnie Ora Sherk,  Life Frames, Inc. and SF Recreation & Park Department to plant 175 California native plants in St. Mary's Park near Alemany Farm, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  Much was accomplished during this productive day of planting, and the Nature Walk was helped in its growth and expansion !  Everyone had a great time !

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Volunteers planted all California Natives:  Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri), Ceanothus (Ceanothus 'Yankee Point'), California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum), and Island Tree Mallow (Lavatera assurgentiflora).

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The Bernal Heights Living Library 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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small17Bonnie Ora Sherk talking with the students in the Redwood Circle, a wonderful feature in the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk near Alemany Farm in St. Mary's Park.

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The Youth Ambassadors also helped arrange seating in the Redwood Circle and learned about A Living Library.

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More volunteer events are coming up !  The next one will be taking place March 29th, 9:30-1:30 in Holly Park. If  you would like to participate, or for more information about volunteer planting days, please contact us: info@alivinglibrary.org

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Jan20

Volunteers From One Brick Help Develop Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk in Holly Park

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Volunteers from One Brick worked with Bonnie Ora Sherk, Director of Life Frames, Inc. and Chief Landscape Architect of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk, along with staff with SF Recreation & Park Department on Saturday, January 18th, and planted drought tolerant California natives at the Bocana Street Entrance to Holly Park, as part of the Living Library Nature Walk.  About 200 colorful, California natives were planted around the Bocana Stairs beautifying the whole area.   The Living Libary Nature Walk keeps growing !

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Volunteers planted all California Natives:  Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum), Yarrow (Achillea spp.), Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana), Matillja Poppy (Romnya coulteri), Sticky Monkey (Mimulus aurantiacus), Red Buckwheat (Erigonum grande var. rubescens), Penstemon (Penstemon spp.), and Island Tree Mallow (Lavatera assurgentiflora).

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The Bernal Heights Living Library 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 !  The next is January 28th at St. Mary's Park from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.  If  you would like to participate, or for more information about volunteer planting days, please contact us:  info@alivinglibrary.org

Jan20

Creative Arts Charter School 6th Graders Plant CA Natives in Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk

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Forty-five, 6th Grade Students and their Teachers from the Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, joined Life Frames, Inc. and SF Recreation & Park Department in St. Mary's Park on Friday, January 17th, to plant about 100 California native plants in St. Mary's Park, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  The students also learned about the Islais Creek, the Islais Creek Watershed, and did some weeding in the Nature Walk.  They accomplished much by their help, and the Nature Walk is growing !

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 Volunteers planted all California Natives:  Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri), Yarrow (Achillea spp.), Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana), Sticky Monkey (Mimulus aurantiacus), Ceanothus (Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'), California Milkweed (Asclepias californica), Buckwheat (Eriogonum giganteum), Penstemon (Penstemon 'Electric Blue' & 'Margarita Bop'), and Island Tree Mallow (Lavatera assurgentiflora).

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The Bernal Heights Living Library 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 !  The next is January 28th at St. Mary's Park from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.  If  you would like to participate, or for more information about volunteer planting days, please contact us:  info@alivinglibrary.org

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Jan20

A.L.L. Green Futures Student Stewards Make Seed Balls at OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park

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Student Stewards in the A.L.L. Green Futures After School Program from James Denman Middle School review diverse kinds of soils and learn how to make Seed Balls to give as Holiday Gifts, begin a new garden, or add to an existing one.  Watch the video below to learn how !

 


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Jan15

PS 217 Children Discuss Meaning of A Living Library & Create Their Own A Living Library Illustrated Books

IMG_3064On January 2, all the Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students from Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 had a lively discussion with Bonnie Ora Sherk about the meaning and metaphor of A Living Library.  Students were asked what they thought would be in A Living Library and answered that all kinds of animals and plants are part of A Living Library.  They delighted in calling out all their favorite animals and plants.  The children also learned that the initials of A Living Library are A.L.L., and that humans are also part of A.L.L., as well as the things people create, such as:  parks, gardens, schools, libraries, artworks, communities, and celebrations.  Students then called out and discussed other things that are part of A.L.L.

Children folded a large piece of paper in two, and created their own A Living Library Book, adding their favorite images and words using craypas and pencils.  Have a look at their brilliant art and writing !

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Jan15

San Miguel 2nd Grade Students Plant Spring Bulbs In Upper Garden At OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park

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2nd Grade students from San Miguel Child Development Center planted Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs along the fence in the Upper Garden. The children did a great job and the bulbs will add great beauty to the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park when they are blooming this Spring!

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Jan15

Jewish Community Federation Young Adults Celebrate Tu Bishvat & Help Develop Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk

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In honor of Tu Bishvat, the holiday celebrating trees and nature, young adults of the Jewish Community Federation worked diligently with Life Frames, Inc. and SF Recreation & Park Department on Sunday, January 12th to plant California native plants on the hillside next to the Oak Allee in St. Mary's Park, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk.  About 200 natives were planted amongst the beautiful Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia).  The Nature Walk is growing !

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Volunteers planted all California Natives:  Ceanothus (Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point' and Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'), Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), Fremontodendron (Fremontodendron californicum), and Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri).

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The Bernal Heights Living Library 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 on January 17th and 28th at St. Mary's Park, and January 18th at Holly Park. If  you would like to participate, or for more information about volunteer planting days, please contact us:  info@alivinglibrary.org

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Dec23

GREAT YOUTH OPPORTUNITY: Become an A.L.L. GREEN FUTURES Student Steward at OMI/Excelsior Living Library !

FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH:  A unique, hands-on, After-School, PAID, Green Internship Opportunity to work with the OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park this WINTER / SPRING 2014, while learning Green Skills, plus more !

Spring Green Futures Flyer

See flyer and applications for more information.

A.L.L. Green Futures Winter/Spring Flyer

Application (English)

Application (Spanish)

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