Unveiling Chinatown Living Library Rainwater Cisterns / Gardens / Mural on 4/22

You Are Invited !

You are cordially invited to join us in San Francisco and participate in the public unveiling of the Chinatown Living Library & Think Park Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns / Gardens / Mural in celebration of Earth Day !

WHEN:  April 22 – Earth Day, 11:00:-11:30 am

WHERE:  Gordon Lau Elementary School in the heart of SF Chinatown, Lower Yard, Washington   Street, between Stockton & Powell.

WHO:
Life Frames, Inc., non-profit sponsor of A Living Library & Think Parks in diverse San Francisco and New York City communities is proud to announce and invite you to the public unveiling of its recently installed Chinatown Living Library & Think Park Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns / Gardens / Mural at Gordon Lau Elementary School, funded by the SF Public Utiliities Commission with support from the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, California Department of Forestry, and others. (complete list of credits available.)

SF Supervisor's Board President, David Chiu; other dignitaries; children and staff from Gordon Lau and Commodore Stockton Child Development Center; PUC Commissioners and staff; Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director of Life Frames, Inc. / A Living Library, and chief designer of Chinatown Living Library & Think Park Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns/Gardens/Mural; and other Project Team Members will participate together in the public unveiling and celebration of this new Eco-Art attraction in Chinatown on Earth Day.

YOU are also invited !  Your presence is important and requested

WHAT:
– The Chinatown Living Library & Think Park Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns / Gardens / Mural features 2 elaborate Demonstrations of rainwater harvesting  with 11 cisterns and other rainwater conservation methods, and includes Native California Riparian and Drought Tolerant Gardens, an Organic Fruit, Flower & Vegetable Garden plus a beautiful Mural as Label that describes the installation in three languages:  Chinese, English, Spanish.

Demonstration 1, with its 11 cisterns, collects 2,410 gallons of water with each heavy rain event from the topmost roof of Gordon Lau and brings it down to the Middle Yard into 2 cisterns, and then into the 9 cisterns in the Lower Yard, covered by a new redwood bench.  Water then is used to irrigate 2 Native Drought Tolerant Gardens and 1 Organic Fruit, Vegetable, Flower Garden.

Demonstration 2 collects rainwater that sheets across the sloped Middle Yard and enters a perforated pipe in a grated trench to water a Native Riparian Garden and then down multiple, Stair Gardens.

The Mural as Label describes in poetic prose in Chinese, English, Spanish – both Rainwater Harvesting Demonstrations, so that it becomes an ongoing learning opportunity for children, youth, and adults, in science, conservation, physics, math, literacy, multiple cultures, and visual art.

Students from Gordon Lau and Commodore Stockton participate year-round, with the Chinatown Living Library & Think Park Program, sponsored by Life Frames, Inc., in hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based learning that creates and maintains the new gardens and eco-art environments at their school, funded by Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families

Life Frames is also pleased to announce its emerging NYC Chinatown Branch Living Library & Think Park.  A goal is to link students and communities from the two Branch Chinatown Living Library & Think Parks: San Francisco and New York City, so they can share commonalities and diversities.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on April 22nd !

For more information about A Living Library, please visit our website! (http://www.alivinglibrary.org)
 

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