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“Community Reads” heralds opening of seed, tool libraries

Submitted by on 1, February 28, 2011 – 12:01 amNo Comment
Novella Carpenter. From the writer’s Ghost Town blog.

The Alameda Free Library’s annual “Community Reads” program kicks off Tuesday with the grand opening of gardening tool and seed lending libraries and will close with a talk from Oakland-based author Novella Carpenter.

The tool and seed lending libraries are an outgrowth of the library’s ongoing “Green Thumbs, Green Minds” program, through which the library has presented gardening workshops in conjunction with Ploughshares Nursery. The grand opening for the libraries, from which library patrons can take seeds and check out tools the same way they do books and DVDs, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street.

The month-long reading event will close on March 31 with a talk from Oakland-based author Novella Carpenter. Carpenter’s memoir, “Farm City” – which served as the inspiration for the reading event’s “Grow, Eat and Read Local” theme – details her experiences with turning a vacant lot in Oakland’s Ghost Town neighborhood into a working farm with fruit, vegetables, bees, pigs and goats. Seating for the talk, which begin at 7 p.m. March 31 at the main library, will be limited to 100 attendees.

Other activities scheduled to take place as part of the reading event include:

Seed Saving workshop: With Ploughshares Nursery. At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Main Library.

A Year in the Garden with Alameda Backyard Growers: A seasonal look at gardening in Alameda. At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Main Library.

Revolutionary Yardscapes: Alameda gardener, recycler, and “self-confessed hoarder” Matthew Levesque will offer ideas for using non-traditional materials to create landscapes on the cheap. At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at the Main Library.

Parent-Child Book Club: Children in fourth through eighth grades will discuss Paul Fleischman’s “Seedfolks,” the youth book selection for this year’s “Community Reads.” At 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 in the Main Library.

Wreath craft: Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can make festive spring wreaths. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Bay Farm Library, 3221 Mecartney Road; and at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Main Library.

Backyard Farmer/Urban Consumer Resource Fair: Learn planting tips, meet local residents who raise chickens and bees, and find out where to get and eat local produce and food items. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Main Library.

Film screening: Screening of “Locavore,” a documentary about the return to a local diet. Rated G; 89 minutes. At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at the Main Library.

Local author: Elise Cooke will talk about how she feeds her family by eating local, healthy foods, and how she saves money on her grocery bill by doing so. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, march 23 at the Bay Farm Library.

Integrated Pest Management: A presentation from Alameda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans about common pests and diseases and the solutions. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Novella Carpenter: “Farm City” author gives a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Main Library.

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