Posts Tagged ‘A Living Library Nature Walk’

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. 

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!

Apr11

Update On Transformation Of Seneca Avenue Streetscape In San Francisco

A generous grant awarded to Life Frames, Inc. in January 2018 by the California Natural Resources Agency under Proposition 1 – California Urban Rivers Grant Program – is helping the ecological transformation of Seneca Avenue between San Jose and Cayuga Avenues in the Islais Creek Watershed. As planned by Bonnie Ora Sherk and Life Frames, Inc. in conjunction with hydrogeologists from Ramboll, the long, wide, currently barren street of Seneca Avenue will be developed into a series of Rain Gardens to help address climate changes and mitigate flooding in the Cayuga Valley from storm water overflows in the sewer system and the historic, flooding, Islais Creek under Balboa High School and along Cayuga Avenue.

This Seneca transformation will also expand the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park at the campuses of the local schools, by planting hundreds of California native trees and understory plants.  This work will also expand the A.L.L. Nature Walk linking schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces in the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest Watershed in San Francisco.

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Jan05

A.L.L. Green Futures Spring 2019 Paid Internship For Middle & High School Students

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A unique opportunity for Middle & High School students to engage in gardening, cooking and creative arts while gaining real-world experience in green job skills and sustainable business practices through integrated hands-on learning program. Fill out the PUC-DCYF-Spring 2019 ALL Green Futures Application Form today!

Nov06

Bonnie Ora Sherk: Presentation & Exhibition of Work-In-Progress for Green-Powered Digital Gateways To Interconnect A Living Library Branches

Green-Powered Digital Gateways

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You are cordially invited to attend a Presentation & Exhibition of Work-In-Progress for Green-Powered Digital Gateways by Bonnie Ora Sherk.  A Green-Powered Digital Gateway  is a multifunctional, sculptural and ecological element in the landscape that will do many things: draw water forth from the ground as needed, showcase local community resources through diverse digital displays showcasing multimedia archives of the area, and allow for live, interactive broadcast from diverse Branch Living Library & Think Parks – locally and globally.  This phase of Green-Powered Digital Gateways development is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

WHERE: 

Lower Garden, OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park on Oneida Avenue off San Jose Avenue between Ocean and Geneva Avenues adjacent to James Denman Middle School and San Miguel Early Education School.  

Take BART to Balboa Station:  Walk left on Geneva one block to San Jose Avenue.  Make left on San Jose Avenue, walk two blocks, make right on Oneida, On right side of street, mid-block is Lower Garden.

(This is an outdoor space with no exact street address, but it is between 333 Oneida and 241 Oneida, San Francisco, CA 94112).

WHEN:

November 15 ~ Presentation with Bonnie Ora Sherk:  2:30 PM

November 15 ~  Exhibition: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

November 16 ~ Three Presentations with Bonnie Ora Sherk: 10:00 AM | 10:50 AM | 11:50 AM

November 16 ~  Exhibition: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For more information: info@alivinglibrary.org / 212-242-1700

Green Powered Digital Gateways

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