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A Living Library = A.L.L.

Transforming diverse public spaces into ecological learning sites

A Living Library (A.L.L.) is a powerful framework for creating place-based, ecological change in communities and schools. In our branches in San Francisco and New York City, students and adults focus on the environment, gardening, watersheds, literacy, multi-arts, technology, health, nutrition, youth leadership, and civic responsibility. More About Us »

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“Everyone and everything on Earth and in Space is a part of A Living Library of diversity.... people, birds, insects, trees, air, land, seas, culture, and technology. EVERYONE, EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE IS NATURE!
— Bonnie Ora Sherk, A.L.L. Founder
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A.L.L. Classes – Join Us

It’s never too late or early to add green education to your life. Learn how to grow your own food, support native life, encourage bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators while training for a…

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Bonnie Ora Sherk Exhibit

We’re pleased to invite you to the opening of Bonnie Ora Sherk: Life Frames Since 1970 at Fort Mason Center for the Arts in San Francisco. This 8-week retrospective will showcase Bonnie’s life works in…

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Thank You to Our Funders!

San Francisco

California Natural Resources Agency

Community Challenge Grants

New York

New York Community Trust

New York City Green Fund

Please Help Us Now

We are asking for your help to further our work in communities that most need it. Help us teach Green Education and Sustainability to lower income communities while creating beautiful environmentally sustainable gardens and walkways. 
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