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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! 

February 9

Brown Bag Book Club - Grandma Gatewood's Walk, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Brown Bag Book Club will discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.  Join us at 1 pm with your thoughts on the book and your brown bag lunch. 
 

February 17

Hockessin Library Chick Lit Book Group, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library 
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road Hockessin, DE 19707 
We will be discussing Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery at book group this month. No registration required.  New members always welcome.

February 18

"Hiking the Appalachian Trail," 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library, Exton, PA
Location:  The Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Parkway, PA 19341
Share an evening of adventure and survival with AT thu-hiker and Chester County Park Ranger Nate Helminiak. 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.

February 22

Make a Bluebird Box, 7:00 pm

Materials fee: $12.00 per bluebird box kit
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA  19460, Community Education Room
Join a Chester County park ranger to learn about bluebirds and build a home for Pennsylvania’s most popular songbirds. Individuals and families are invited to construct bluebird boxes for use in a park or backyard. Mounting and seasonal maintenance will be discussed.  This program is open to the public.  Reservations are required. Register on the Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. 

February 23

Ware Book Club Discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library
Location: Steward Place Ware Presbyterian Village, 7 East Locust Street, Oxford, PA
All are welcome to join us for a discussion of the book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.  Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Oxford Library.  Please call the Oxford Library at 610-932-9625 for more information.  No registration is necessary.   

February 24 & 25

Story Time with Miss Jennifer, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us at 10 am for the book On Meadowview Street where you will meet Kind Caroline and hear other garden/nature stories.  For preschool age children, but all ages are always welcome.   

March 1 through April 2

The Power of One, during library hours

Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road Hockessin, DE 19707
All month long in the Children’s Room we will be celebrating the power of one person to improve their world just as Caroline changed her world in On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole.  We will have an interactive activities during library hours.  Stop in and see what you can do to change things.  No registration required.

March 1

Kirkwood Book Club, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19808
Join us for an engaging discussion of Ben Montgomery’s book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Call 302-995-7663 or visit the Kirkwood Library Reference Desk to register.

Longwood Gardens Community Read at the Honey Brook Community Library, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library
Location:  Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us for the third year of the Community Read sponsored by Longwood Gardens. The Community Read is a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.  We will be discussing: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk  (2014). Author Ben Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine - a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955, embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain...alone...without any equipment...at the age of 67. Ask for a copy of this book at the desk. Registration is required. 610-273-3303 or email jspade@ccls.org 

March 3

On Meadowview Street Children's Read-Aloud, 10:30 am

$5 per child; one adult admitted free per child
Presented by: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Location: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the museum and make their own creative works in this popular program. Join us on March 3 at 10:30 a.m. to hear the 2016 Longwood Gardens Community Read selection for children, On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org.  Click here for more information. 

PHS McLean Library Book Group, 5:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Location:  PHS McLean Library, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103
Join us for a lively discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery. Contact mcleanlibrary@pennhort.org to borrow a copy of the book, while copies are available. Please pre-register at www.pennhort.net/storiesfromthegarden.  

March 4

Film Showing – A Walk in the Woods, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE  19711
The monthly Friday Film Night features A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, based on the book by Bill Bryson. No registration needed. 

March 5

Build a Birdhouse, 1:00 pm

Materials Fee $5
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Grove Library,  Activity room, 117 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390
Build a birdhouse with your family! (Open to families with children in 2nd grade & over, accompanied by a parent). Limit 8 families. Register at the Library.  

Saturday Storytime - On Meadowview Street, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Grove Library,  Activity room, 117 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390
Babies and preschool children, siblings and caregivers can enjoy a storytime featuring On Meadowview Street, make a craft and plant a seedling. Play from 9:30 – 11 am  before our storytime begins!  No registration needed. 

March 8

Newark Free Library Noon Book Club, 12:00 noon

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE 19711
Join us for a discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery. No registration necessary, but visit the library’s Reference desk to borrow a copy of the book, while copies are available.

March 9

Garfield Park Library Mighty Readers Book Club Event (Kids' Book Club), 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Garfield Park Library
Location: Garfield Park Library, 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle, DE 19720
Join us as we explore the book On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole. We will take a virtual field trip and also plan to take home a lovely plant to add to your garden.Call 302-571-7312 or visit the Garfield Park Library Circulation Desk.

Bear Library Book Group, 7:00-8:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear DE 19701
Enjoy Ben Montgomery’s book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, this year’s Longwood Community Read selection, a story of an unlikely heroine who embarks 
alone on a several thousand mile journey, over rugged terrain, and often ill-marked trails, at age 67. Adults/teens. See Info Desk for book and details. Call 302-838-3300 or visit the Bear Library Info Desk to register.

Nature’s Narratives: The Scott Arboretum Book Club - Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 5:30-6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Scott Horticultural Library, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as part of the Community Read Program
Location: Scott Horticultural Library (click here for directions
The Scott Arboretum has added a discussion on Grandma Gatewood’s Walk (2014) by Ben Montgomery. It is the true story of an unlikely heroine – a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955 embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain and often ill-marked trails…alone…without any equipment…at the age of 67. Achieving more than escape or solitude, she becomes the first woman to through-hike the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Her act of walking became an inspiration to others.
Elizabeth Haegele will be leading the discussion. An AT thru-hiker herself, Elizabeth is passionate about reading, hiking, and gardening and leads thought-provoking, animated discussions for our Nature's Narratives series. Limited to 12. Free and open to the public but please call to register: 610-328-8025. 

March 10

4-H Junior Master Gardeners Discussion of On Meadowview Street, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library and 4-H Junior Master Gardeners
Location: Oxford Library, 48 South Second Street, Oxford, PA 19363 
Children of all ages are welcome to join the 4-H Junior Master Gardeners for an eco-friendly and educational activity. Please call the Oxford Library at 610-932-9625 for more information. No registration is necessary. 

March 12

Backyard Animals, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History and Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 
Ever wonder what’s in your own backyard? Animals that are super small or somewhat scary can be there. Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are. Presented by the Delaware Museum of Natural History, “Backyard Animals” will be held in the Radnor Library’s Winsor Room on Saturday, March 12 at 1:00pm and is appropriate for children of all ages. Includes live animals, taxidermy, and some awesome specimens! Please register beginning February 26 by calling 610-687-1124 or online at www.radnorlibrary.org.

March 13

Gear Up! Choosing the Right Hiking Equipment, 1:30-3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Join members of Eastern Mountain Sports’ outreach team and learn about the basic gear you will need to begin hiking and or backpacking. Walking into an outfitter can be intimidating with the overwhelming variety of equipment and gear. From boots and backpacks to tents and stoves, learn to find the gear that fits your needs. Learn what equipment every beginner should carry with them and how to eliminate unnecessary items. This program will be informational, fun and hands-on! 
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. 

March 15

Hockessin Library 5-6 Year Old Book Group, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road Hockessin, DE 19707
This month we will be discussing On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole during book group.  Bring bottled water.  Snacks will be provided. Registration begins on February 16, 2016.  Please contact the library to register and pick up a copy of the book.

March 16

Claymont Adult Book Club, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont DE 19703
Join us for an engaging discussion of Ben Montgomery’s book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Call 302-798-4164 or visit the Claymont Library Reference Desk to register.

Longwood Community Read Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Woodlawn Library
Location: Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, DE 19805
Join us for an engaging discussion of Ben Montgomery’s book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Call 302-571-7425 or stop at the reference desk to register.

March 17

Nature From Backyard to Backwoods, 1:30 pm and a second program at 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location:  100 North Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086
As the bulbs begin to sprout, join us here at the Furness Library as we transition from the winter season to spring spotlighting nature stories including Henry Cole’s On Meadowview Street.  Songs, fingerplays, snacks, and a nature activity will round out the program. Call Ms. Lori @ 610-566-9331 x4 with child’s name, age (3 ½ thru Kindergarten), and phone #.

Grandma Gatewood's Walk Book Discussion at Easttown Library, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Easttown Library & Information Center
Location: Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn PA 19312, 610-644-0138
Easttown Library is participating in this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book selection, Grandma Gatewood's Walk. Attend this special book discussion, led by Longwood Garden's librarian, David Sleasman, then attend attend the documentary showing of  Trail Magic on Wed., March 23rd at 7 p.m. Also, enter to win a pass to Longwood Gardens. Registration is required - click here to register

East Pennsboro Branch Library Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: East Pennsboro Branch Library
Location: East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola PA 17025
Book discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. To register, call East Pennsboro Library at 717-732-4274 

March 19

Build and Paint a Birdhouse, 10:00 am

$10 per child, accompanying adult free
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy
Location:  Historic Chadds Ford Schoolhouse, 10 Station Way Road, Chadds Ford, PA
Build a birdhouse with Conservancy staff so you can attract birds to your backyard. This hour-long workshop is age-appropriate: older kids will construct their own birdhouse from pre-cut lumber, while younger kids can paint and decorate pre-constructed houses. We’ll learn more about the birds you can expect to see in those boxes and send each family home with instructions on where and how to hang the box. Please register in advance on our website to reserve your supplies. Please register in advance to secure your supplies at www.brandywine.org/events  

Power of One Meadow Walk, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

$5 for TLC members; $10 for non-members
Presented by: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA
With Chris Strand, Director of Garden and Estate at Winterthur and home meadow aficionado and Sequoia Rock, TLC Land Manager
Caroline in On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole, is able to create a meadow in her front yard and change the way her whole neighborhood sees the world from their front porch. But how do you create a meadow at your own home? Come join us as we visit two Meadows that have been created by local landowners. Take a walk through the Class 1 Meadow at Bucktoe Creek Preserve and learn the history of this amazing meadow and how it was saved from becoming a suburban lawn. Then take a walk across the street to learn from Chris Strand how he lovingly and painstakingly transformed his front yard into a beautiful native wildflower meadow. Find out how you can harness the power of one and make a difference in your neighborhood. 
 To register, go to www.tlcforscc.org/community-read-2016

March 20

Family Gardening, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library 
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road Hockessin, DE 19707 
Let’s brighten up your gardens with this family activity. Registration begins 3/6/16.  Please contact the library to register. 

March 21

Rails to Trails: Chester Creek Trail Development Update, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Middletown Free Library
Location: Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Lima, PA 19037
Presentation by John Paulson, FOCCB Treasurer
Inspired by Grandma Gatewood’s Walk and how her act of walking focused much-needed attention on conditions and rallied support for the Appalachian Trail, the Middletown Free Library has invited the Friends of the Chester Creek Trail to give an update on the development of the Chester Creek Trail. The Chester Creek Trail is a proud member of the Circuit Coalition! The Circuit Coalition aims to build a 750-mile trail network in the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more at connectthecircuit.org.
After nearly twenty long years of feasibility studies, grant-writing, and securing of approvals, the end is finally in sight! Come learn how our community will soon have the first 2.8 mile phase of a beautiful paved trail that we can enjoy for cycling, running, and strolling. 
Registration Required!! Register online here, or by calling 610-566-7828 

March 22

Longwood Community Read Story Time, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Woodlawn Library
Location: Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, DE 19805
Join us for a special story time, highlighting this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read selection for children.  On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole tells the story of a little girl whose inspiration transforms her new neighborhood.  She makes a connection with a small flower, and that connection grows and grows. All ages. Call 302-571-7425 or stop at the reference desk to register.

Backyard Animals, 1:30 pm

Free 
Presented by: Newtown Public Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square, PA 19073
Ever wonder what’s in your own backyard? Animals that are super small or somewhat scary can be there. Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are. Meet LIVE animals and see some awesome specimens. To register, please go to: http://bit.ly/1RJLq8H OR call 610-353-1022. 
 

Build and Paint a Birdhouse, 2:00 pm

$10 per child, accompanying adult free
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy
Location:  Historic Chadds Ford Schoolhouse, 10 Station Way Road, Chadds Ford, PA
Build a birdhouse with Conservancy staff so you can attract birds to your backyard. This hour-long workshop is age-appropriate: older kids will construct their own birdhouse from pre-cut lumber, while younger kids can paint and decorate pre-constructed houses. We’ll learn more about the birds you can expect to see in those boxes and send each family home with instructions on where and how to hang the box. Please register in advance on our website to reserve your supplies. Please register in advance to secure your supplies at www.brandywine.org/events  

Make me a Meadow! 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Norwood Public Library
Location: Norwood Public Library, 513 Welcome Avenue, Norwood, PA 19074
Based on the book On Meadowview Street, come and learn how we can make a meadow-type habitat in our own backyard. Discover what animals and beautiful creatures live in a meadow, as well as the many species of plant life. To register, call us at: 610-534-0693, email us at: nocsd@delcolibraries.org. 

Grandma Gatewood's Walk Book Discussion at Easttown Library, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Easttown Library & Information Center
Location: Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn PA 19312, 610-644-0138
Easttown Library is participating in this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book selection, Grandma Gatewood's Walk. Attend this special book discussion, led by Longwood Garden's librarian, David Sleasman, then attend attend the documentary showing of  Trail Magic on Wed., March 23rd at 7 p.m. Also, enter to win a pass to Longwood Gardens. Registration is required - click here to register.

March 23

Garfield Park Library Book Discussion, 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Garfield Park Library 
Location: Garfield Park Library, 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle, DE 19720
Join us for an engaging discussion of Ben Montgomery’s book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Call 302-571-7312 or visit the Garfield Park Library Circulation Desk.

Trail Magic: Documentary Showing & Discussion by Filmmaker, Peter Huston, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Easttown Library & Information Center
Location:  Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn PA 19312, 610-644-0138
See Trail Magic, a documentary about Emma Gatewood, which reflects the courageous, undaunted spirit of Appalachian people. Director and producer Peter Huston will be in attendance and will lead a Q & A after the screening. Registration required - click here to register

March 24

Trail Magic film screening with Director and Producer Peter Huston, 7:00-8:30 pm

$5 per person
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy 
Location: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Brandywine invites you to a screening of the new documentary on Grandma Gatewood, “Trail Magic.” Though many know that Emma "Grandma" Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67, they really don’t know the rest of her story. Director and producer Peter Huston will be in attendance and will lead a Q & A after the screening. Purchase tickets in advance on the Brandywine website or at the door (cash only). Click here for more information.

Newtown Public Library’s Fourth Thursday Book Club – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Newtown Public Library
Location: Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Join us at Newtown Public Library on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as we discuss the New York Times Bestseller Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery. In Grandma Gatewood's Walk, Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine – a woman who in 1955, to escape personal struggles, embarks on a solo journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain and often ill-marked trails at the age of 67. Achieving more than escape or solitude, she becomes the first woman to through-hike the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Her act of walking became an inspiration to others. She began to focus much-needed attention on Appalachian Trail conditions and rallied support for the Trail. Newtown Public Library, along with other local libraries and community groups, are working with Longwood Gardens for the third year of their Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. Refreshments will be served. Put a hold on your copy of the book today by calling 610-353-1022 or by visiting delcolibraries.org 

March 29

Garden Thyme - Salad Planters, 6:30 pm

Materials fee $10 ($5 if you bring your own container)
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Grove Library,  Activity room, 117 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390
We will have a selection of salad veggies and flowers to make a spring salad planter. Register by phone, (610) 869-2004 or at the library 

March 30

It’s Story Time On Meadowview Street, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Quarryville Library
Location: Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
Join us for a SPECIAL Story Time, featuring this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read, On Meadowview Street, along with games and activities! Please register via our calendar, available on the library homepage, or by calling the library at 717-786-1336.

April 1 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!

April 1

Garden Beauty, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library 
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
We are inspired by Caroline in the book On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole to change our world.  Come to the library today to decorate garden décor to enhance the view outside of your window. No registration required.

April 2

A Community Conversation with Henry Cole, 10:00-11:00 am

Free with Gardens Admission
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Terrace Tent
Join Henry Cole for an interactive and educational presentation. The author will share his personal experiences and encourage the audience to develop their individual talents. A short demonstration and discussion about his books, including On Meadowview Street, will captivate both children and adults. This presentation is most appropriate for children ages 6-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Community Read Family Activities, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free with Gardens Admission
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens Conservatory
Family activities for children of all ages. Registration is not required.  

Meet the Author and Book Signing, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Free with Gardens Admission
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens Conservatory
Meet Henry Cole (author of On Meadowview Street) and get your book signed. Books will be available for purchase at this time. Registration is not required. 

A Family Workshop with Henry Cole, 2:30-4:00 pm

Longwood Gardens Members: $19
Non-members: $21
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Terra Cotta Room
Join the celebrated author and illustrator in a workshop for children and their parents! Enjoy a personal experience with Henry Cole, while learning about illustration and creating original works of art. All participants in the workshop will receive a copy of On Meadowview Street to be signed by the author. This workshop is designed for children ages 8-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each child and adult must be registered. Phone registrations only. Call 610.388.5454

Cheerio Bird - On Meadowview Street, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Sharon Hill Public Library 
Location: Sharon Hill Public Library, 246 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill, PA 19079
Make feeders out of Cheerios cereal . To register for event call the library at 610-586-3993.

What’s In Your Backpack? - Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Sharon Hill Public Library
Location: Sharon Hill Public Library, 246 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill, PA 19079
Read book and then make a backpack and fill it up. To register for event call the library at 610-586-3993.

April 3

Kids Meander Through Meadows with Natural Lands Trust, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Natural Lands Trust 
Location: Natural Lands Trust’s Binky Lee Preserve, 1445 Pikeland Rd., Chester Springs, 19425
Kids, bring your adults and join us to meander through the lush meadows of our Binky Lee Preserve. See how it compares to the yard Caroline creates On Meadowview StreetIn this delightful book by Henry Cole, a little girl finds a flower in her front yard and wants to save it from her dad’s mower and start her own wildflower preserve. Soon the mower is sold and a meadow blooms on Meadowview Street. Just like Caroline’s meadows, Binky Lee’s meadows are full of insects, birds and other wildlife.

Natural Lands Trust is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens in support of the third annual Community Read initiative. We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to read the chosen selections, and explore the themes through a variety of creative activities.

In this event, Natural Lands Trust staff will guide young children and their caregivers through an interactive story read and nature hike through the meadows. Make your own binoculars and search for birds, bugs and other animals that call meadows home.

Please pre-register at Natural Lands Trust event website: https://natlands.org/event/kids-read-binky-lee-2016-0403/  

April 4

A Book Discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Media-Upper Providence Free Library
Location: Media Firehouse 2nd floor, 11 S Jackson Street, Media, PA 19063
Media-Upper Providence Free Library hosts a book club discussion of Ben Montgomery’s book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, as part of Longwood Gardens’ Community Read. Please contact Director Barb Hauck-Mah at 610-566-1918 or medirector@delcolibraries.org to obtain a library copy of the book to read. No registration required and refreshments provided.  For more information click here.

Phoenix Book Club Discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA  19460, Community Education Room
Book to be discussed: Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery.  A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or at www.ccls.org.  The public is invited to attend. No registration required.  For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org

Super Science - A Plant’s Life (Longwood Gardens virtual field trip), 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Avon Grove Library,  Activity room, 117 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390
STEM program for K through 4th grade students. Register by phone, (610) 869-2004 or at the library 

April 5

Longwood Community Read for Kids: Grow a Garden, 10:30 am & 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington DE 19808
Join us for a special story time, highlighting this year’s Longwood Community Read selection for children.  On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole tells the story of a little girl whose inspiration transforms her new neighborhood.  She makes a connection with a small flower, and that connection grows and grows. Plant some flower seeds to take home to your garden.  All ages. Registration is not required. 

April 7

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk Book Discussion as part of Longwood Gardens Community Read, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Middletown Free Library
Location: Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Lima, PA 19037 
Join us at the Middletown Free Library on Thursday, April 7 @ 2 pm as we read and discuss New York Times Bestseller Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trailby Ben Montgomery.  
In Grandma Gatewood's Walk, Ben Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine—a woman who, to escape personal struggles, in 1955 embarks on a journey of several thousand miles of rugged terrain and often ill-marked trails…alone…without any equipment…at the age of 67. Achieving more than escape or solitude, she becomes the first woman to through-hike the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Her act of walking became an inspiration to others. She began to focus much-needed attention on Appalachian Trail conditions and rallied support for the Trail.
The Middletown Free Library, along with other local libraries and community groups, are working with Longwood Gardens for the third year of their Community Read—a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.
Tea and refreshments will be served.
Put a hold on your copy of the book today by calling 610-566-7828 or by visiting www.delcolibraries.org. Please visit our website or call 610-566-7828 to register. 

April 8

Longwood Gardens Community Read Storytime and Craft: On Meadowview Street (Ages 3-5), 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Free
Presented by: Media-Upper Providence Free Library
Location: Media-Upper Providence Free Library @ Media Firehouse, 11 S. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Media, PA 19063
Learn how Caroline helps Meadowview Street live up to its name, then stay for a nature craft.  Please register by calling 610-566-1918 or email Miss Vicki at mecsd@delcolibraries.org 

April 9

Family Hike, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Free for members, others $5.00
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Location: Isaacs-Greene Preserve
Celebrate the dedication of local stewards to preserve the land for future generations. Hike our private Isaacs-Greene Preserve to explore under logs for amphibians, hunt for birds in the new leaves, and discover the natural history of a Milford treasure! Collaborative Longwood community read program. 
Meets at Abbott's Mill Nature Center. Led by Alice Mohrman and the Isaacs-Greene family. Register here.

Flower Power, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Free for members, others $5.00
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Location: Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Inspired by On Meadowview Street, spend the afternoon at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center exploring flowers in our Rain Garden, woods, and fields. Investigate how flowers are designed to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, beetles, and moths. Collaborative Longwood community read program. Register here.

Cheerio Bird - On Meadowview Street, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Public Library 
Location: Darby Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023
Make feeders out of Cheerios cereal . To register for event call the library at 610-586-7310.

What’s In Your Backpack? - Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Public Library
Location: Darby Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Darby, PA 19023
Read book and then make a backpack and fill it up.  To register for event call the library at 610-586-7310.

Community Read: On Meadowview Street, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Preserve Members: $5; Non-Members: $7
Presented by: Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Visitor Center, 1635 River Road (Rt. 32) New Hope, PA 18938
Join us for a special Community Read – a program designed to foster a connection between people and the natural world. We’ll read Henry Cole’s book, On Meadowview Street. The book follows a young girl who starts a meadow in her own backyard, marvels at the wildlife that come to share it with her, and inspires her whole neighborhood to rethink their own yards.  We’ll read the book then explore ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into our own backyards. To register, call (215) 862-2924. 

April 12

Rhythm, Rhyme and Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE  19711 
Join us for a storytime for ages 3 and up, featuring Henry Cole’s On Meadowview Street, and other stories. No registration needed.

April 16

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 listen to stories about backyard friends and a paint bird house to take home.  For children age 4 to 8. Please register on-line beginning March 16, 2016 at www.chescolibraries.org – Events

Sowing Seeds Hike, 10:00 am

Free to all
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy
Location: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Come grow with us at the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art! Help us sow seeds outdoors, as we walk the grounds learning about plants and their growing cycle. After our walk, we’ll read On Meadowview Street and then plant seeds for you to take home, watch sprout, and then plant in your own yard— just like Caroline in the book. For children ages 5 to 10 and an accompanying adult.Please register in advance at www.brandywine.org/events   

April 19

Evening Book Discussion Group, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by:  Hockessin Public Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Rd., Hockessin, DE  19707
Join our friendly, informal Evening Book Group as we discuss this year’s Longwood Gardens’ Community Read selection, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. Please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, 302-239-5160, or visit the Information Desk at Hockessin Library to register. Books will be provided after Tuesday,  March 15, 2016, upon registration. Click here for more information.

Fredricksen Reads Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fredericksen Library 
Location: Fredricksen Library, 100 N 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. This month, we are working in collaboration with Longwood Gardens, The Appalachian Trail Museum and Keystone Trail Association on a Countywide Community Read. This winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards tells the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail. The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. You must have read or listened to the book in order to attend. Register beginning March 15. Register at www.fredricksenlibrary.org or call 717-761-3900 x225. More information about this and other events in Cumberland County can be found here.

April 20

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk Event, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

FREE for everyone
Presented by: Tyler Arboretum (www.tylerarboretum.org) and the Delaware County Library System (www.delcolibraries.org
Location: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
Come join the conversation! Jennifer Stock from the Delaware County Library System will be leading a book discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. In 1955 at the age of 67, Emma Gatewood became the first woman to through-hike the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Achieving more than escape or solitude, her act of walking focused much-needed attention on conditions and rallied support for the Appalachian Trail. After the book discussion, Tyler staff will take participants out for an inspirational hike to explore just a small part of Tyler’s 17 mile trail system. Books will be provided for participants to pick up at Tyler Arboretum. Please wear footwear appropriate for uneven terrain. Pre-registration required. Call Joanne Landau, Registrar, at 610-566-9134 ext. 215 (Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) or email at jlandau@tylerarboretum.org.  

April 21

Backpacking & Wilderness Survival Presentation, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA  19460
Warwick County Park Rangers Chris Wales and Nathan Helminiak will teach you how to properly prepare for an adventure into the wilderness. Some of the topics they'll discuss include: what kind of gear to bring, how to navigate, primitive survival skills, and much more. They will also be leading a special hike at Warwick County Park on Sunday, April 24 to test your skills. Register on the Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. 

April 23

A Small Group Discussion with Ben Montgomery, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Longwood Gardens Members: $25
Non-members: $29
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Webb Farmhouse
Join Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, for a small group discussion. For readers interested in a personal experience with the author and the opportunity to enjoy a short hike, we offer a book chat with the author and a small group of fellow readers. Ben Montgomery will share his insights and lead the group on a discussion of the ideas in the book. Following the discussion, staff from Longwood’s Natural Lands division will lead an optional group walk through the Meadow Garden and Forest Walk.

After registering for the small group discussion, you will be mailed a copy of the book. Begin reading, and then participate in one of our group discussions hosted by the author. This is your chance to interact with Ben, to learn about the book and to share your thoughts, and then learn more about Longwood’s newest garden through the simple act of walking in nature. Register online here 

A Community Conversation with Ben Montgomery, 7:00-9:00 pm

Longwood Gardens Members: Free
Non-members: $20
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Ballroom
Join Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, for a Community Conversation. Join Ben Montgomery to learn more about his writing and Grandma Gatewood, and join with fellow readers to celebrate and discuss the book. There will be a book signing and an opportunity to continue the conversation in an informal setting. Register online here.

On Meadowview Street Event, 10:00-11:30 am

FREE for everyone
Presented by: Tyler Arboretum (www.tylerarboretum.org) and the Delaware County Library System (www.delcolibraries.org
Location: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
Help deepen your child’s connection to the natural world with a morning of fun featuring On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole. The event will kick-off with story time led by a librarian from the Delaware County Library System. Just in time for Earth Day, this wonderful children’s book features Caroline, a little girl who lives on Meadowview Street but can’t seem to find the meadow. Then she spots a flower, a butterfly and a bird…and her wheels start turning! After the story, take a walk with Tyler Educators to discover wildlife habitats and meadow areas. Make seed balls to take home to start your own mini meadow. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-registration required. Call Joanne Landau, Registrar, at 610-566-9134 ext. 215 (Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) or email at jlandau@tylerarboretum.org.

Hike and Insights with Matt Kirk, Appalachian Trail Record Setter, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

$5 for TLC members; $10 for non-members
Presented by: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Location: TLC’s Walnut Hill Headquarters, 541 Chandler Mill Rd, Avondale, PA
Matt Kirk set the record for the fastest self-supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail in August of 2013. He finished his hike in an astounding 58 days, 9 hours and 38 minutes, averaging 37.4 miles a day. Join Matt Kirk at TLC’s headquarters to hear the inspiring story of his hike. Get an inside look at the struggles Grandma Gatewood may have faced on her equally inspiring trek through the Appalachian Trail. Afterwards, head out on the trail with Matt to hike the adjacent 300-acre Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Please wear hiking shoes/sneakers, this will be an easy to moderate hike covering approximately 3 miles. Please pack a lunch, light breakfast will be provided. To register, go to www.tlcforscc.org/community-read-2016

April 24

A Small Group Discussion with Ben Montgomery, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Longwood Gardens Members: $25
Non-members: $29
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Webb Farmhouse
Join Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, for a small group discussion. For readers interested in a personal experience with the author and the opportunity to enjoy a short hike, we offer a book chat with the author and a small group of fellow readers. Ben Montgomery will share his insights and lead the group on a discussion of the ideas in the book. Following the discussion, staff from Longwood’s Natural Lands division will lead an optional group walk through the Meadow Garden and Forest Walk.

After registering for the small group discussion, you will be mailed a copy of the book. Begin reading, and then participate in one of our group discussions hosted by the author. This is your chance to interact with Ben, to learn about the book and to share your thoughts, and then learn more about Longwood’s newest garden through the simple act of walking in nature. Register online here. 

Backpacking & Wilderness Survival Hike, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Warwick County Park (meets at Park Office, 191 County Park Rd., Pottstown, PA  19465)
Come test out your newfound wilderness skills on a hike at Warwick County Park with Park Rangers Chris Wales and Nathan Helminiak. We’ll be hiking a section of the Horse-Shoe Trail. You will be challenged with some survival scenarios to overcome along the way. Come prepared with a backpack filled with items you feel will help you survive in the wilderness. This will be a fun and easy-going hike. You do not need to have attended the April 21 Library program to participate in the hike. No registration required. 

April 25

The Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth, 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
The Iditarod is a grueling 1,000 mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Meet Taylor Steele, a Pennsylvania musher at the Chester County Library in Exton. Learn what it takes to become a musher. Hear stories of hard work, dedication and triumph. Experience the thrill and adventure of “The Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth." 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. 

April 27

Longwood Gardens Community Read Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery, Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Join the discussion and be entered into a raffle for one of 8 free tickets to Longwood Gardens.  Adults.  Registration required.  6:30 p.m. Please register at the Reference Desk or phone 302.378.5588.

Bear Library Movie-for-Grownups Night screening of the film Wild, 6:00 pm 

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: 
Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear DE 19701
Longwood Gardens Community Read Partnership – 2015 Movie Wild Rated R, 115 minutes. Special movie-for-grown-ups screening ties in with our Longwood Community Read 2016 book selection, Ben Montgomery’s Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Stars Academy Award nominated actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Adults. Adults call 302-838-3300 or visit the Bear Library Info Desk.

Adventure Crafts: Enjoying Nature, 4:30-5:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, Children’s Library 
Location: Community Room at the Fredricksen Library
Celebrating the Appalachian Trail, our April crafting adventure will explore our relationship with nature!  Possible crafts include a paper sundial, leaf rubbings, and more! Call the Children’s Library at 761-3900 ext. 229 to register starting April 13th. 

April 29

Indie Film & Chat: Trail Magic, 2:00 and 7:00 pm (chat at 7:00 pm only)

Free
Presented by: Fredericksen Library
Location: Fredricksen Library, 100 N 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011 
This month, we are working in collaboration with Longwood Gardens, The Appalachian Trail Museum and Keystone Trail Association on a Countywide Community Read of the book Grandma Gatewood's Walk. Tonight's discussion and film tell even more of the inspiring story of the spunky woman who saved the Appalachian Trail. The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire viewers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. No registration necessary. For more information: http://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/freevents

May 4

A Walk in the Woods - Movie Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA  19425
The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, in partnership with the 2016 Community Read of Longwood Gardens, will be hosting a special film discussion for its patrons and guests on the popular film “A Walk in the Woods”, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Based on the bestseller by Bill Bryson, this film follows two friends who decide to hike the entire Appalachian Trail with no experience. Watch the movie ahead of time (check out a copy from your local library!) and bring your opinions! Registration encouraged. How to Register for Event: http://bit.ly/1OJypKn or call 610-321-1710. 

May 7

Delaware Nature Society Hike the Appalachian Trail to the Pinnacle, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Member/Non-member: $30/$45 
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society
Leader: Steve Rombach, Teacher Naturalist and Expert Outdoorsman
This 9-mile hike along the famous Appalachian Trail leads up and over Pulpit Rock to the Pinnacle, one of the most spectacular vistas on the Pennsylvania section of the AT. Van from Ashland Nature Center then ascend to the top of Kittatiny Ridge over a steep, strenuous, and rocky section of trail. Once you crest Pulpit Rock, the trail levels on the ridge, and it is a gradual return back down to the van. This hike is rated difficult, but the exercise, views, and wilderness feel will reward your mind and body. Collaborative Longwood community read program. Register here.

Wildflower Walk, 9:00 - 11:00 am

$5 for TLC members, $10 for non-members
Presented by: The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 
Join us as we explore the many meadows in the 300-acre Bucktoe Creek Preserve, searching for different types of beautiful Wildflowers. Learn about the important roles wildflowers play in the balance of our ecosystem. To register, go to www.tlcforscc.org/community-read-2016 

May 8

Our National Parks, 100 years, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library, Exton, PA
Location: 
The Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with Valley Forge National Historical Park Ranger Tom Ryan. Learn about the park service; its creation and growth and its exciting future. 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.

May 11

What a Merry Month to Get Organic!, 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
Learn to enjoy the benefits of Organic Gardening! Deb Kates returns to explain the Organic Gardening Equation—a cost/benefit analysis. We will discover what’s in a label. What is the meaning of “Organic”, “Local” and “Natural”. What is the difference between heirloom and hybrid varieties? How and when do you transplant your seedlings outdoors? Its spring and time to get your garden growing! 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. 

May 14

Community Read—Read. Think. Engage. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Join us and our partners for the third year of Community Read – a program designed to inspire reading, conversation, and action. This year the connection between people and the natural world is examined with Ben Montgomery’s book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Montgomery traces the story of an unlikely heroine who, at 67, hikes the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, brings much needed attention to the appalling condition of this national treasure, and inspires others to advocate for its restoration and revitalization.

Mt. Cuba Center presents the following for Community Read 2016.
As a passionate advocate of green spaces and native plants, Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba Center’s founder, worked tirelessly to preserve open spaces and promote the use of our native flora. The powerful message of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, “one person inspires many”, resonates with our founder’s vision of inspiring people to conserve native habitats. Please join us for a group discussion of these two influential stories followed by a walk through our gardens and natural lands. Although this is a free event, registration is required. Call Mt. Cuba Center at 302.239.8807 or visit our website to register.   

May 17

Orienteering with the DVOA, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: The Chester County Library, Exton, PA 
Location: The Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Join the Delaware Valley Orienting Association and learn the basics of the sport of Orienteering; a fun outdoor sport for all ages age capabilities based on navigating a set course with a map and compass. 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.

May 21

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 listen to stories about things that grow, plant their own flowers, and help plant flowers in the Library’s Children’s Garden.  For children age 4 to 8. Please register on-line beginning April 21, 2016 at www.chescolibraries.org – Events 

May 26

Book Discussion: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery, 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
Join us in the Burke Meeting Room as we discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. 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.

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