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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Recent Updates

Jun08

Networked Knowledge: Bonnie Ora Sherk Plants A Living Library Seeds in Liverpool Biennial in UK

Bonnie Ora Sherk will Present an Illustrated Talk, June 15 - 10-11am PT/1-2pm ET/6-7pm BST - on A Living Library and the A.L.L. Toolkit she conceived for the Liverpool Biennial, to create a place-based Branch Liverpool Living Library & Think Park in Liverpool, to be interconnected with other A.L.L. Branches - globally. 

A Living Library facilitates ecological transformations in communities. Pictured: Before & After Views into Chinatown Living Library & Think Park:  2004-2010, San Francisco, California

Her Presentation will expand on a feature she created for Enzyme 2: Life Systems, a creative Magazine developed by Brazilian artists Jorgge Menna Barreto, Joelson Buggilla, and German Art Historian/Curator, Sarah Kristin Happensberger, for the Liverpool Biennial.

Registration for Bonnie Ora Sherk's Presentation and the rest of the Enzyme 2 Event Series is completely free.  Reserve your space today with link – here.  Once you’ve registered through the Eventbrite system, you’ll receive a follow-up email with detailed instructions for accessing the event on the day with a Zoom link.

The June 15th Zoom Presentation will take audience members on a water-based journey, with Bonnie Ora’s site-sensitive and life-framing artworks encouraging an exploration of local watersheds and other resources.

An excerpted version highlighting Bonnie Ora’s contribution to the Magazine is linked here.

The Magazine situates Bonnie and her work as a point of connection — between the early ecological art movement and emerging artists, between different cultures and communities, and between bodies and the earth.  A.L.L. Native Seed Packets included in the printed Magazines are a metaphorical and literal invitation into greater ecological awareness and a transformed way of being and doing for the local community.

The full publication Enzyme 2 is now also live online !  This Magazine collaboration between editors, curators, designers, and artists — including our own Bonnie Ora Sherk —  is part of a commissioned program of works for the Liverpool Biennial 2021.

Enzyme 2:  Life Systems is available for digital download, link here.

Celebrating its 11th year, the Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Centered on the body and its varied ways of connecting to the world, this year’s festival brings together 50 international artists and two collectives.

May10

A Living Library Is Hiring NOW – 3 Positions !!!

Green Skills Job Training Youth Leader & Native Plant Coordinator (San Francisco)

Creative Green Skills Job Training Youth Leader and Native Plant Coordinator - Available NOW !

compensation: TBD
employment type: Full To Part-Time
non-profit organization

Reply to the Founder and Director with cover letter and resume: bonnieora@alivinglibrary.org

Job Description:

Dynamic Leader/Teacher / Gardener For Middle School / High School to Age 24 Youth who receive Paid Internship in Green Skills Job Training including: California Native Trees-Understory Plants / Ecology / Plant Communities / Rain Gardens / Urban Agriculture / Flood Mitigation / Watersheds / Green Job Opportunities / Work Ethic (part-time)

The dynamic, inspired, and cheerful, Outdoor Landscape Educator and Expert Gardener will be leading and recruiting diverse groups of Middle School and High School to Age 24 Youth in hands-on learning and doing for After School and Summer Paid Internships, in: CA native gardening and tree planting/staking/tying, urban agriculture, and diverse landscape projects, as well as leading students in understanding local ecology, history, watersheds, and existing local community, including its natural, multicultural, and built resources. Leader will be doing student outreach and recruitment, attracting students for hands-on, Paid Internship learning program, and leading gardening, related landscape activities as standards-based learning processes. You will be communicating about sustainability, ecological systems and native landscapes as well as performing community outreach activities in ways that are fun, educational, and relevant. You will also help with some administration of program. You may also work with K-5 students in hands-on gardening and landscaping.

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May09

A Living Library — Food Production & Food Security: Eight Free Community Hands-On Gardening Sessions

Food Production & Food Security: Eight Free Community Hands-On Gardening Sessions

Saturdays, May 15-August 28, 2021~ 2:00-5:30 PM

Register for Whole Course or Individual Sessions Classes in English and Spanish !

Sessions Will Meet At OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park In Lower Garden Between Denman MS &  San Miguel EES On Oneida Off San Jose Avenue

Please Register In Advance:

info@alivinglibrary.org / questions: 212-242-1700

Beginning this Saturday, May 15, community members are invited to the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park for a FREE Eight Session Organic Gardening Series on Food Production & Food Security. These Saturday Sessions are offered in English and Spanish and will run twice monthly, May 15 – August 28, 2:00 - 5:30 pm. 

Participants who are enrolled in the full series will work with Organic Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits & Flowers, CA Natives, and gain hands-on experience in Companion & Seasonal Planting, Composting, Pruning, Integrated Pest Management, Indigenous Styles & Methodologies, Harvesting, Plus More. Additional details and fuller class descriptions can be found on Flyer.

To Register for whole program (HIGHLY recommended), or individual sessions, please contact: 

info@alivinglibrary.org / questions: 212-242-1700

This Free Program is Funded by an Excelsior Community Collaborative Action Grant & is A Program of Life Frames, Inc.

 
May02

Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park Gardens Plant Sale – May 15

We’re excited to invite you to join us on May 15, 11 am – 4 pm for the First Annual Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park’s Plant Sale Fundraiser to be held in the beautiful, RI Living Library & Think Park Gardens. All proceeds will support the sustainability and growth of these lush and healthy Gardens.

The RI Living Library & Think Park Gardens serve as a thriving and healthy, hands-on ecological learning hub for youth and adults to explore and learn about nature, and work with soil and plants, so they grow and thrive in an urban setting. 

Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director of A Living Library, and its nonprofit sponsor, Life Frames, Inc., has been working together with the Roosevelt Island community since 2001. She has  been joined by China Bushell, who is working with the community in transforming the R.I. Living Library & Think Park Gardens into the ecological artwork we see today, and teaching all ages about plants, gardening, and all things natural, including healthy eating and cooking.

Join Us on May 15, and have your pick from a wide array of fresh vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, peppers, okra, tomatoes, and eggplant; herbs: basil, dill, and fennel; and medicinal flowers, like African Marigolds, Salvia, and Snapdragon and Bee Balm. 

The event will be cash only with the cost of plants ranging from $2.50 - $3.50 with free seeds offered every hour! Come see how environmental education, urban agriculture and sustainable, ecological development helps revitalize Roosevelt Island, and other communities – locally and globally. 

Your contribution will be a big help!  We look forward to seeing YOU !!

The R.I. Living Library & Think Park Gardens are located adjacent to the new Roosevelt Island Public Library and St. Francis X. Cabrini Church behind 504 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY. 

May01

Bonnie Ora Sherk Presentation On Islais Creek Watershed, May 5, 7:30 PM, ZOOM

Dear Friends, You are invited to an illustrated talk I’m giving on the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, showcasing the many opportunities for ecological transformation and flood mitigation, including some of the past accomplishments and ecological transformations that address many local, national, and international issues, including climate change, sea level rise, and other related systemic issues that Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library have made, and is still working on. There will be a Q & A to answer questions and gain your input.  Your participation is important for the future of the area. Please join me and Planet Drum on Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 PM PDT, and register with Planet Drum to get Zoom information: mail@planetdrum.org using “zoom” in the subject line.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 8, at noon, you can join Judy Berg and Planet Drum, for a masked, in-person, socially distanced, Tour, of the prototype Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk that Life Frames, Inc. designed and developed with the community beginning in 2002, that links multiple 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, Alemany Farm, Alemany Boulevard, and Highway 280.  Please register with Planet Drum: mail@planetdrum.org using "ALL Nature Walk" in the subject line.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.  Thank you ! Warm Wishes, Bonnie Ora [pdf-embedder url="https://alivinglibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/flyerinteractive-1.pdf" title="flyer(interactive)"]
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