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Our Community Read Expands

Join us for the second year of our Community Read, which is expanded this year to include a children's title. Community Reads are intended to encourage people to pick up a good book and start a conversation about a specific topic.

This year we continue to think about our relationship to the natural world, as we embrace Longwood's new Meadow Garden and invite you to read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Kimmerer. Together with local libraries and community partners, we will explore the book’s ideas about the importance of our relationship with plants, Native American culture and storytelling, and the science of botany.

Our children’s title, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, gives our youngest garden guests an inspired look at what the kapok tree means to the creatures who live in it—and what rainforests mean to the world’s ecology.

See our list of Meadow Garden Resources.

“People often ask me what one thing I would recommend to restore relationship between land and people. My answer is almost always, 'Plant a garden.' It’s good for the health of the earth and it’s good for the health of people.”

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Community Read books available:

 

For purchase at major booksellers
As an eBook: Kindle, Nook, & iBook

For borrowing at most libraries in
New Castle County, DE
Chester County, PA
Delaware County, PA

#LongwoodRead

We’ll be talking about the books on social media. Be sure to follow us and share your ideas using the hashtag #LongwoodRead.