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We are very excited for 2017 and the grand reopening of our revitalized Main Fountain Garden, which has been under renovation for almost two years. Our founder Pierre S. du Pont’s love for fountains started at the age of six when he was mesmerized by the huge display of water pumps at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. He first turned on the Main Fountain Garden fountains in 1931, after spending 20 years designing and building them. Mr. du Pont’s passion for his fountains and the engineering behind them has inspired our choices for this year’s Community Read.

As our Community Read book for the entire family, we have chosen The Way Things Work Now (published October 2016) by award-winning author, illustrator, and “Master Explainer” David Macaulay. The Way Things Work Now is a sweeping new update to the worldwide bestseller, The New Way Things Work, and includes sections on the technology in our daily lives. The Way Things Work Now explains complex mechanical processes in a humorous and accessible style, accompanied by engaging illustrations. David Macaulay’s books have sold more than three million copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages.

We’ve also chosen Rosie Revere, Engineer as the Community Read book for our youngest readers. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, this is the story of Rosie, a little girl with dreams of becoming a great engineer. “Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends.”

Both of these books are fun and engaging. Both inspire us to dream big, as Pierre du Pont did when creating the Main Fountain Garden and, indeed, all of Longwood Gardens. We hope you will join us, and our community partners, for the 2017 Community Read!

Check back soon for more information!

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