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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!

May 3

Community Read: Tea & Read, 10:00-11:30 am

Free with admission
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 
Enjoy a nice cup of tea and pull up a chair in our comfortable, newly redesigned auditorium where we’ll be discussing Grandma Gatewood’s Walk – a true story of independence, perseverance, resourcefulness, and one funny lady. “Gatewood’s story suggests anything possible; no matter your age, gender, or quality of your walking shoes.” —Stephen Rodrick, author of The Magical Stranger. To learn more about Grandma Gatewood, join us in reading Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery, this year’s Community Read as chosen by Longwood Gardens. Click here for more information and to register.

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 

Book Walk, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library
Location: Goddard Park,  (located off Wickerton Road [Route 841] near the intersection of State Road) 
We’ll meet at the park pavilion by the playground for crafts, ecology and stories. No registration needed. 

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. 

Frederick Law Olmsted – Kirk Brown Presents a First Person Interpretation, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA  19425
In partnership with the Twin Valleys Garden Club, the library will be presenting a program on Frederick Law Olmsted, an environmental visionary.  Kirk Brown will perform this dramatic presentation.  Mr. Olmstead is considered the father of Landscape Architecture.  From Central Park in New York City to the Emerald Necklace surrounding Boston’s busy and crowded inner city as well as his major contributions to the development of Biltmore and the Chicago World’s Fair, Olmsted’s strong belief in the civilizing power of landscape architecture design improved the quality of life for generations of people and defined the goals of a new horticultural profession. Registration is required. Register for Event: bit.ly/1pnWCj5 or call 610-321-1710. 

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.

Storytime, 10:30-11:30 am

Free
Presented by: John Graham Public Library
Location: John Graham Public Library, 9 Parsonage Street, Newville, PA 17241
All children and caregivers are welcome for stories, songs, and crafts.  Today’s theme is Nature Walk, and one of the stories will be 2016 Community Read book On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole.  No registration required.

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 

Plant Exchange, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Haverford Township Free Library
Location: Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road Havertown, PA (front patio area)
Bring a plant or heirloom seeds to share or, if you don't have any, make a monetary donation and take one! 

May 25

Book Discussion - Grandma Gatewood's Walk, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library
Location: Ridley Township Public Library, lower level meeting room
Afternoon book club meeting for May, 2016. To register, email reference@ridleylibrary.org, or call 610-583-0593, ext. 206. 

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 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.

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.