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Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park: Scenes & Accomplishments Over The Last Year

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Enjoy these pictures and report that show some of the amazing work that has been accomplished in NYC at our Roosevelt Island Branch Living Library & Think Park over the last year !

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Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library Projects Overview

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Please have a look at an Overview of some of our projects over the years.

Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library Projects Overview

Life Frames, Inc. (LFI), and it’s Founder & Director, Bonnie Ora Sherk, have been planning, designing, and building place-based, content-rich, ecological and multicultural, learning landscapes with integrated community programs, hands-on, interdisciplinary curricula, and green skills job training for youth and adults, in New York City, San Francisco and other cities, nationally and internationally, for over 35 years.

LFI offers practical processes and imaginative solutions resulting in ecological land use planning, landscape architecture, participatory design with multiple, systemically linked, interactive, community and school programs, which also function as community and economic development for the area, resulting in transformation of the community.

As named, the Life Frame literally frames and incorporates life and local resources, so we can see, understand, learn from, appreciate, and experience more profoundly - our community, our world, each other, and ourselves. The Life Frame is Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden.


Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park behind 504 Main Street: More Pictures and Slideshows !

Our  Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park behind 504 Main Street is growing !  This year the environment became a gorgeous and wonderful learning landscape and beautiful ecological place for the whole community.

We began again in the early Spring with the students from PS/IS 217 and the Beacon and prepared for Roosevelt Island Day on June 9.  RI Day was a huge success !

Thereafter we worked all summer and into the fall with children and youth.  Our new A.L.L. instructor, Susan Benarcik, is a dedicated teacher, artist, and gardener and worked with the children from 217, The Child School, and the Beacon during the school day, after school, and all summer in a robust program that included gardening, making beautiful painted canvas signs, and over-sized insects as artworks.  Neighbors too, dropped by and participated.

Do you think the children enjoyed themselves and learned some things ?

Please enjoy some pics below and let us know !

Also view links to Ms. Susan's slide show pictures of the children and the gardens over the seasons.  Scroll down to see slide shows.

Susan Benarcik has been our fabulous RI Living Library instructor, doing a wonderful job !  Thank you Ms. Susan !!!

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May Pictures

June & July Pictures

August Pictures

September Pictures

October Pictures


Roosevelt Island Living Library Grows On Roosevelt Island Day, June 9, 2012

This is our 11th season planting the RI Living Library & Think Park on Roosevelt Island Day with the children and youth from PS/IS 217, many graduates who have participated over the years, and the larger community.  This is the second season for our beautiful site behind 504 Main Street. Our Living Library Garden at PS / IS 217 begun in 2001, has been temporarily off limits while the school is under construction with scaffolding surrounding the whole building, so we began this garden last year with the children and community.  We look forward to being back in the school soon ! This year on RI Day we planted the concentric circle and concentric square once again with a variety of vegetables and flowers, with great support from Doryne Isley and RIOC.  Thank you ! Very beautiful !  See for yourself ! Et Voila !!! Two months later, after post RI Day classes with 217 students, and a summer of hands-on Living Library learning programs with the Beacon and Child School students .......................

Who Helped Grow This Beautiful Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park This Year ?

You've seen some pictures in the prior post of the beautiful RI Living Library & Think Park behind 504 Main Street.  See pics now of some of the hundreds of children from PS 217 who helped prepare and grow the garden last spring, even before RI Day on June 9. 

Take a look !  The children are marvelous and completely capable.  While learning science, math, and language arts, see what they accomplished during the school day !

And after Roosevelt Island Day, many classes returned to continue developing their Living Library & Think Park Garden !  

Some students created their Living Library Garden Journals observing the changes in the garden, reflecting on them and writing about what they were seeing.  Others developed a new garden bed, and some students planted seeds !

               And soon thereafter, this gorgeous Garden emerged !!!

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