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There are so many ways to celebrate the Community Read in our region. Below is a complete calendar listing of events at Longwood Gardens and our Community Read partner organizations.

Find an event near you and share your thoughts with our community! 

Through May 31

Storybook Walk

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Location:  Ashland Nature Center, Abbotts Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) 
Delaware Nature Society’s Ashland Nature Center, Abbotts Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) are creating a Storybook Walk for April-May 2016. In collaboration with the Longwood Community Read a community partner, the Storybook Walk provides a new outdoor adventure that supports family connection, early childhood development, and health and wellness. On Meadowview Street  by Henry Cole will be posted at several stations along a trail, allowing families and friends to enjoy a story as they walk the path and take in the scenery. #Take5Outside for a walk and read!

June 5

The Parks and Trails of Chester County, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library and District Center, Exton, PA
Location: Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Chester County Park Ranger Cullan Davis brings the parks of Chester County to the Chester County Library on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Ranger Davis will take us on a virtual journey through our many and varied parks and miles of trails. Explore the unique opportunities available at each of the county’s six parks. From biking and hiking to farming and local history, there is a Chester County Parks designed with your interests in mind. To register, go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out and “send” completed registration. 

June 9

Spring into Summer - Your Organic Garden, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library and District Center, Exton PA
Location: Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Deb Kates returns to instruct us in good garden maintenance now for fewer headaches later. We will learn how to water effectively and how to mulch and what types of mulch to use. Learn about "Companion Planting" – a veggie seating chart. Learn that soil is alive and become versed in what’s in your soil and what it needs to stay healthy.  How to Register for Event: Go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out and “send” completed registration. 

June 21

The Wild World of Bats, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library, Exton, PA 
Location:  The Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton PA 19341
Discover the fascinating world of bats with Dr. Karen Campbell. Explore bat-human relations and their role in the natural world. Go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out and “send” completed registration.

July 31

A Woman’s Angle: Celebrating 20 Years of Women Fly Fishing, 1:30-3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location:  Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton PA 19341
On Sunday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m., the Chester County Library will welcome Rabbit Jensen, forty-four year fly fishing veteran, fly-fishing and fly-tying instructor and editor of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association newsletter, to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary. Their newly published book, A Woman’s Angle: Celebrating 20 Years of Women Fly Fishing, is a collection of the best newsletter articles over the past 20 years. Rabbit’s presentation will include a fly tying demonstration, a slide show and a discussion on the increase of women fly fishers over the past 20 years. Selected readings from A Woman’s Angle will be presented. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Rabbit will be happy to sign your copy. Go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out and “send” completed registration.

September 10

On Meadowview Street: Longwood Gardens Community Read Storytime, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton PA 19341 – 610-280-2630
Join us for a special program featuring the 2016 Longwood Gardens Community Read selection for children.  On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole tells the story of Caroline who, after her initial disappointment in her new neighborhood, encourages wildflowers to grow and birds and animals to stay in her yard.  Soon, the whole suburban street is living up to its name.  Attendees will also backyard birds, and build a bird feeder to take home.  For children age 4 to 8. Please register on-line beginning August 10, 2016 at www.chescolibraries.org – Events

September 19

The Monarch Butterfly’s Journey to Mexico, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library and District Center, Exton, PA
Location:  Chester County Libraryand District Center, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton PA 19341
The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home in the mountain hillsides of the oyamel fir forests in Mexico! Join us on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chester County Library in Exton and learn all about Monarchs and their epic migration. To register, go to chescolibraries.org and click “Events” at top of page. Click “Chester County Library”. Click the appropriate event on calendar. Fill out and “send” completed registration.