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

Jan14

New Year 2021-Pandemic and Beyond

To say 2020 was challenging is an understatement. It was meant to be 2020 CLEAR VISION.  Instead it was 2020 BLURRED VISION and was devastating for so many. Like many other organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that proved unimaginable. Where meetings and classes could go virtual, planting and pruning trees could not. 

The pandemic slowed everybody down,” A.L.L. Founder & Director, Bonnie Ora Sherk, says.

Still, with challenge came opportunities. “So many deaths and lives were disrupted, but, as we all slowed down, our sensitivity, reflections, and appreciation for each other and all of life, as well as certain activities were being felt more deeply.  And, otherwise, we might have missed these qualities and important experiences.”

With the new year,” Sherk says, “I am optimistic for a better and healthier future for all, bringing new opportunities, as well as nurturing and strengthening our ongoing ecological transformations and integrated hands-on learning programs.”

A.L.L. is carrying this spirit into the new year with both ongoing and emerging projects:

Ongoing projects:

Emerging projects:

  • SF Art Institute Harker Award, Exhibition, Public Talk, Teaching in 2021-2022 plus A.L.L involvement in SFAI Reimagining 
  • Invitation to participate in Liverpool Biennial, March-June 2021
  • Invitation to create one-person exhibition in Huesca, Spain at Centre de Arte y Naturaleza-Fundación Beulas (CDAN)
  • Invitation to join Ecology Arts Team at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongching, China
  • Opening of the new Roosevelt Island Public Library adjacent to RI Living Library & Think Park Gardens at the end of January 2021  
  • Development of International Gardens in RI Living Library & Think Park - NYC 

Please stay updated on A.L.L news and project developments by visiting our website and following us on social media----> 

You might also consider making a Donation or Volunteering as a way to show support in the new year. 

Stay tuned, and Happy New Year!

Sep18

Zoom with me Saturday, September 19, 11 am PDT

You are invited to join me, Curators - Giulia Lamoni & Vanessa Badagliacca, and Artist, Alexandra do Carpo, in a conversation and presentation from Lisbon, Portugal, Municipal Gallery Quadrum Zoom: Planting Seeds and Weaving Red Lines, TOMORROW, Saturday, September 19, 2020, 11 am PDT as part of Exhibition, Earthkeeping/Earthshaking – Art, Feminisms and Ecology, at Gallery Quadrum: 💖 https://galeriasmunicipais.pt/…/planting-seeds-and-weaving…/
May17

Learn Gardening At Home: Free Living Library Zoom Workshop May 22, 12-1 PM

A Living Library Free Community Organic Gardening Workshop_MAY 2020

Please join us next Friday, May 22, 12 PM-1 PM on Zoom for our next A Living Library Free Community Organic Gardening Workshop: HOW TO START A GARDEN AT HOME.

Please register here to receive Zoom log-in information and workshop materials including A.L.L. Class Lesson, A.L.L. Video Links, and an A.L.L. Powerpoint.

Your participation would make this online workshop a success. We look forward to seeing you on Friday !

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

 

Apr28

A Message From A Living Library To Our Students, Volunteers, Workshop Participants, Community Members, Funders & Friends

OMI/ Excelsior Living Library & Think Park

These past weeks have been a blur for most of us amid the COVID-19 crisis. We are immensely grateful to all the frontline workers in our neighborhoods who are helping others while risking their lives in this pandemic. To keep our communities safe, we request everyone to follow protective measures and maintain social distancing while being outside. 

Supporting the current social distancing guidelines, we have cancelled the regular Spring Sessions of Free Community Workshops on Organic & CA Native Gardening in OMI/ Excelsior Living Library & Think Park until further notice. However, we are developing some online opportunities, so please stay tuned.

Even during these trying times, A Living Library Garden Instructors are trying their best to maintain the gardens in New York City and San Francisco. We really appreciate their dedicated efforts. Gardening is therapeutic and can be done even within the confines of our homes. With the help from our A.L.L. Garden Instructors, we are also starting a new, online multimedia series on gardening and ecological best practices for our younger students: K-12. Please Stay tuned for this upcoming series where we will share interesting and relevant green projects and ideas.

Wishing everyone health and safety,
 

- Bonnie Ora Sherk

Founder & Director,

Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library

Mar04

Befriending Some Beneficial Bugs In Outdoor Classes In OMI/ Excelsior Living Library & Think Park

Worms, Bees, Ladybugs, Spiders!

What used to make them jump and squeal, are not so terrifying. They’re actually our allies.

Denman Students learned that worms are tending the soil, bees are spreading pollen, and lady bugs are protecting our crops from the hungry aphids.

Meanwhile, the spinning spiders are watching over the gardens keeping the mosquitoes and flies at bay.

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