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Year in Review 2023: Rebuilding & Reconnecting!

A Living Library Think Parks and Gardens (A.L.L.) is continuing the work our founder Bonnie Ora Sherk started decades ago. Over the years, Bonnie engaged school children, gardeners and community members in creating acres of beautiful garden spaces. She created gardening curriculum for youth and programming that is thoughtfully interwoven with the ecological fabric of local communities.

The power of these gardens lies in their connection to public school sites, libraries and nature walks, thereby enriching the everyday lives of underserved youth and their communities. Bonnie’s legacy includes green infrastructure that we are re-activating into a sustainable resource for future generations, as well as places of learning, well-being and joy.


NYC Roosevelt Island Branch Think Park & Garden

  • Continued to build school-parent partnerships to collaborate on youth activities.
  • Taught the first Vegetables & Me Class for children under 7 years old in English and in Japanese. Next year, the class will be taught in three languages: English, Japanese, and Korean.
  • With the help and support of grants and the community, the NYC Roosevelt Island Branch is working to convert the garden into a Native Habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Local Birds.

San Francisco Branches Think Parks & Gardens

  • Resumed the after-school paid internship program into its second academic year with San Francisco School District middle and high-schoolers.
  • Developed a volunteer community that included college students from the Artist as Citizen class from the University of San Francisco, community volunteer days, and celebrations.
  • Organized our largest Summer Internship ever, consisting of 39 interns working 20 hours a week to renew the Think Park and Gardens.
  • Resumed work and funding on the Seneca Ecological Project in collaboration with community partners.
  • Collaborated with local schools and gardening clubs to maintain and improve the gardens.


  • Built team, board and community partnerships.
  • Resumed much of the funding that previously powered our programs and secured new and exciting grants.
  • The perseverance of our volunteer archive committee has enabled an 8‑week retrospective show on Bonnie’s life works this January at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The opening event is Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 2 pm. We hope to see you there! More info

We Need Your Help in Continuing This Work!

Your donation bolsters our current programming and ability to maintain the gardens, helps us fund the Seneca Ecological Transformation, as well as help us re-establish our garden classes with the local schools. It will also help us with the much needed update of our website to share the work we are doing!

Please also fill out this form if you would like to connect or reconnect. We would love it if you are interested in volunteering or wish to develop a community partnership.

If you cannot directly donate funds or volunteer your time please share this email with someone in your network who can — any support you can share in spreading the word that A Living Library is still alive and looking to make new connections and build more community would go a long way.

Thank you!


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: / 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: / questions: 212-242-1700

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


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!


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.



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

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