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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.

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February 1

Art Inspiration: Weird Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Darby Township Library - Municipal Branch
Location: Upper Darby Township Library - Municipal Branch, 501 Bywood Avenue, Upper Darby, PA 19082
We will be using the book Weird Plants as inspiration for the Teen Art Competition taking place in the library. A wide variety of art supplies will be available to teens to create their work of art. It will be a chance for teens to get inspired by the book Weird Plants and use their creativity to draw or paint a plant from the book or to imagine their own weird plant. Teens can register online, or they can call the library at 610-734-7649. They can also stop by the library and sign up at the desk.

February 3 - April 3

Teen Art Contest, ongoing

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Participating Delaware County libraries
Teens will draw or paint their own weird plant inspired by artwork from Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Pieces will be judged at each library and one winner chosen to go to a Countywide competition. Winning pieces will be displayed in our StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park March 19th through March 31st, to be judged by the public. Sign up at your local participating library.

February 6

Thursday Afternoon Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Lansdale Public Library
Location: Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale, PA 19446
Join our new afternoon book discussion group. Our inaugural meeting will be Feb 6. We will be discussing Semiosis by Sue Burke and choosing future books for discussion. In Semiosis, colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits...Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools. This discussion is presented as part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2020 program. Registration is not required, but to express interest and to reserve a book, call 215-362-2666 or email director@lansdalelibrary.org.

February 12

Bloom Blast Workshop, 4:00 pm

$5 materials fee
Presented by: Strasburg-Heisler Library
Location: Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Ave., Strasburg, PA 17579
Participants will learn to create oversize blossoms that rival those featured in Weird Plants. Learn techniques to fold and snip a variety of papers to make petals and stamens that could be used to decorate for a party or give to a special person for Valentine’s Day. Click here to register.

February 19

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: The Care and Feeding of Carnivores, 7:00 pm

Free for Arboretum Members, $10 non-members
Presented by: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Location: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler PA 19002
A number of the Weird Plants in the Chris Thorogood book are carnivorous. Did you know you can grow your own meat-eating plants right in your backyard? From Pitcher plants to sundews and bladderworts, wetlands scientist Jeff Lapp will walk us through what you need to know to grow your own carnivorous plants in your home garden. Register by visiting https://ambler.temple.edu/life-ambler/community-events

February 25

Semiosis Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Downingtown Library
Location: Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335
A book discussion of Semiosis. To register, email ksmith@ccls.org.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library
Location: Vista Ridge at Ware Presbyterian Village, 7 E. Locust Street, Oxford, PA 19363
All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke. Semiosis is the Longwood Community Read selection for 2020. Please call the Oxford Library at 610-932-9625 for more information.

February 26

Semiosis Book Club Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Moreland Free Public Library
Location: Upper Moreland Free Public Library, 109 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090
The UMFPL Daytime and Evening book clubs will be reading Semiosis by Sue Burke! The Evening Book Club discussion will take place on February 26th at 7:00pm and the Daytime Book Club Discussion will be held on April 2nd at 2:30pm. Stop by the information desk or call 215-659-0741 for additional information. No registration required.

March 3

Strange Plants: The Science of Gum, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Highway, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Learn about the plants used to give chewing gum its bounce and make your own gum from sustainably harvested materials. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410-996-1134.

Story Time for Adults, 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Join us at Indian Valley Public Library for an inclusive story time for adults where we explore children’s literature. We will read Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis and other related books. The reading will be followed by a hands-on activity. Feel free to bring lunch and eat before the program (11:00 am). No registration required.

Tuesdays at 2: Unique and Unusual Botanicals, 2:00 pm

Members: $8.00, Non-Members: $16.00
Presented by: Chester County Historical Society
Location: Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380
Chris Thorogood’s Weird Plants takes you around the world to view the interesting and mysterious plants that inhabit the Earth. Let us take you through history to view the weird and peculiar “plants” that inhabit our collections. RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/89777108749 or call 610-692-4800.

12-14 Year Old Book Group, 4:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
This month we will be discussing Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Copies will be available for check out in the Teen Section and the Children's Room after February 4, 2020. Bring bottled water. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12 - 14. After our book discussion we will be doing an escape room activity. A rare plant specimen has been STOLEN! You need to solve the clues to recover the plant and catch the perpetrator. Please contact the library at 302-239-5160 to register.

March 4

STEAM Story Time, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library and Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720
Join us as we use STEAM concepts accompanied by the book, The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Ages 3-12 with an adult caregiver. No registration required. Click here for more information.

March 5

Lunch and Literature, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
Here’s a great way to meet people, explore ideas and learn something new. Join us for the book discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required.

March 7

Mysterious Plants, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Center for Horticulture and Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808
Unravel unusual unique plant secrets from around the world. Discover weird and wonderful plants prior to unlocking a surprise through dissection. Ties into the book Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Call 302-995-7663 to register.

Seed Starting, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Rick Judd shows us the tricks and tips to starting out your garden seeds the right way. To register: Please contact Bear Library (302) 838-3300 or stop by INFO or KIDS Desks. Registration begins February 1.

March 9

The Enormous Potato Planting Party, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Center for Horticulture and Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N Broad St.,  Middletown, DE 19807
After enjoying the story The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis help plant a 5-gallon potato garden to leave with the library. Will your potato grow to be ENORMOUS? Presented at the library by the Delaware Center for Horticulture. Register online on the Upcoming Events calendar.

Walk-a-Mile Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Woodlawn Library
Location: Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th St., Wilmington, DE 19805
Join us to discuss Semiosis by Sue Burke. And as always we’ll walk a mile in the shoes of these characters to see how it would feel to be them. Call or visit the reference desk to register (302) 571-7425.

Monday Morning Book Group, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
The Monday Morning Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month at 10 am. We'll read books from IVPL's Book-Club-in-a-Bag -- choosing six fiction and six nonfiction over the next twelve months. Copies of the book will be available at the reference desk. Please register for the book club by calling the Reference Desk 215-723-9109 ext. 3 or email mstern@ivpl.org.

Potato, 10:15 am

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086
The Enormous Potato is the featured book in this lively story time for toddlers aged 2 to 3 ½ years. Other cumulative tales round out the session interspersed with songs, jokes, rhymes, snacks, and an ASL sign or two. This is followed by a potato printing activity among others. Click here to register.   Click on the green registration box and go to Toddler Tales on March 9th.

March 10

Teen Academy: Worm Farms, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch Library, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
Educational activities for teens in a homeschool or non-traditional school setting. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410-658-4025.

9-11 Year Old Book Group, 4:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
This month we will be discussing Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Copies will be available for check out in the Teen Section and the Children's Room after February 4, 2020. Bring bottled water. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12 - 14. After our book discussion we will be doing an escape room activity. A rare plant specimen has been STOLEN! You need to solve the clues to recover the plant and catch the perpetrator. Please contact the library at 302-239-5160 to register.

March 11

Noon Book Discussion Group, 12:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Join our friendly, informal Noon Book Group as we discuss this year’s Community Read, Semiosis. To register, please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, 302-239-5160, or visit the Library.

Book Discussion Semiosis, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Bear Library Fiction Book Group discusses Semiosis, the new novel by Sue Burke and the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2020 selection. Pick up your copy at INFO Desk while supplies last starting in February.

Little Explorers - The Enormous Potato, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Little Explorers is a science based storytime for children ages 3-5. We read both fiction and non-fiction and utilize hands on activities to help children learn and explore. We will read The Enormous Potato along with other books and conduct related experiments. No registration necessary. 

March 12

Bingo for Books, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
Join us for a fun hour of bingo at the library. We'll have refreshments on hand. Our prized book will be Semiosis by Sue Burke.  No registration required.

Enormous Potato, 1:30 pm & 4:15 pm

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086
The Enormous Potato is the featured book in this lively story time for preschool thru 5th grade. We also are featuring Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament and munching out on some chips in honor of National Potato Chip Day on the 14th. This is followed by a potato printing activity among other STEAM activities. Click here to register. Click on the green registration box and go to Preschool/Kindergarten Stories on March 12th and choose either the 1:30 OR the 4:15 time slot.

March 13

Potato Party! 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Fould Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Potatoes, ‘taters, or spuds? They are a treat to eat and to read about! Celebrate potatoes with stories, crafts, and recipes. Attendees will have the chance to win books and passes to Longwood Gardens. Ages 2+. No Registration Required

March 14

Weird Plants: An Escape Room in a Box, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE 19711
The year is 1848, and you are a member of West Chester’s Horticultural Society. Just back from a trip to Australia, Dr. Seymour is presenting her newly discovered plant, the balanophora, in West Chester’s Horticultural Hall. Her new plant is under lock and key, and it will be revealed once all members arrive. But Dr. Seymour can’t find her keys! After some detective work, you find the keys, open the plant’s box, and…NOTHING! Dr. Seymour blames you for the missing balanophora. Now, you must find the plant and the perpetrator! In this program, students will become detectives, using primary sources from the Chester County Historical Society’s library and archives to solve clues and uncover the mystery. Sign up at the information desk or by calling 302-731-7550.

Latkes and Vodkas, 6:00 pm

Fee: $15 DMNH Members, $25 Non-Members
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pop in for an adult potato party inspired by the children’s book, The Enormous Potato! Why should kids have all of the fun? Adults are invited to taste craft cocktails created with potato vodka, help judge our latke dish cook-off,  create your own spud-tacular snack at our “tater & toppings bar,” and participate in potato science experiments! Don’t be a couch potato, come out and join us for this a-peeling event!  Adult beverages will be available for purchase. To register, visit delmnh.org.

March 15

Semiosis Book Discussion, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Merion Township Library
Location: Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
Adult book discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke. Register through the online calendar, phone (610-265-4805), or library in-person visit. 

March 16

Paint and Chill Night, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Bring a friend and enjoy creating an abstract painting of flowers while learning new skills. In collaboration with the Longwood Community Read, 2020: Surprising and Strange Plants. Materials and a warm beverage are supplied. To register, please contact Bear Library (302) 838-3300 or stop by INFO or KIDS Desks. Registration begins February 1.

March 17

Evening Book Discussion Group, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Join our friendly, informal Evening Book Group as we discuss this year’s Community Read, Semiosis. To register, please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, 302-239-5160, or visit the Library.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: North Wales Area Library, 233 S. Swartley St. Street, North Wales, PA  19454
All interested people are welcome to attend this book discussion of Semiosis. Copies of the book will be available for borrowing one month prior to the event. Registration is not required.

Preschool Explorers focuses on themes from The Enormous Potato, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Merion Township Library
Location: Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) in this hands-on program designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 3.5 - 6). In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day today, the theme of the program is Potatoes. We will feature the book, The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis as well as other cool titles and do some neat potato activities. Register through the online calendar, by phone 610-265-4806 or library in person.

Logic & Problem-Solving for Homeschoolers: Mystery of the Purloined Plant, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandwine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
A rare plant specimen has been STOLEN! You need to solve the clues to recover the plant and catch the perpetrator. Have fun with logic and problem-solving, while learning about Weird Plants! Attendees will have the chance to win books and passes to Longwood Gardens. Ages 6+ with adult. Reservation required. Brandywine Hundred Library (302) 477-3150.

Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: John Graham Library
Location: John Graham Library, 9 Parsonage St., Newville, PA 17241
Storytime will feature the Longwood Gardens Community Read selection, The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. All kids are welcome for stories, songs, and crafts! Registration is not required.

March 18

3rd Wednesday Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: West Chester Public Library
Location: West Chester Public Library, 415 N Church St., West Chester PA 19380
Book discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke. No registration is required. Click here for more information.

Enormous Potato Planting Party, 5:00 pm

Fee: $10 members; $15 non-members. Cost is per family.
Presented by: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Location: The Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. DuPont St., Wilmington, DE 19806
Enjoy reading the story The Enormous Potato before planting a 5-gallon potato garden to take home. Will your potato grow to be ENORMOUS? 

Garden Design in Practice, 7:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
In the spirit of the Longwood Community Read 2020 featuring Surprising and Strange Plants, noted local horticulturist and garden designer Orsi Lazar will discuss basic garden design concepts and beyond, showing us how to create a cohesive look, minimize maintenance needs, and provide for wildlife. No registration required.

Seed Exploration, 4:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E. Main St., Cecilton, MD, 21913
Discover how seeds travel and make a seed ball to take home. Ages 5-11. Register online or by calling 410-275-1091.

Adult Book Club, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
Join readers for a lively and enlightening book discussion on Semiosis by Sue Burke.  No registration required.

March 19

Downingtown Library Storytime – The Enormous Potato, 9:30 am (3 year olds), 10:30 am (4 to 6 year olds), 1:30 pm (4 to 6 year olds)

Free
Presented by: Downingtown Library
Location: Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335
Children will participate in a storytime that celebrates that wonderful root vegetable, The Potato! We will read about potatoes, craft with potatoes, eat delicious potatoes, and play potato games. Our featured book will be The Enormous Potato! Register online at Downingtownlibrary.org.

Worm Farming, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Branch Library, 106 W. Cecil Avenue, North East, MD 21901
Create a live worm habitat and learn about the importance of worms. Presented by the University of MD Extension. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410-996-6269.

Strange Plants: The Science of Gum, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E. Main St., Cecilton, MD 21913
Learn about the plants used to give chewing gum its bounce and make your own gum from sustainably harvested materials. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410-275-1091.

Plants: The Weird and the Wonderful, plus Climate Change Effects, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Penn-Cumberland Garden Club and New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Library, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Based on the topics of the Longwood Garden Community Read 2020 selections of Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood and Semiosis by Sue Burke, the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club will discuss weird and wonderful plants to consider, plus climate change effects and your plants. A brief overview of both books will also be presented. No registration is required for this free program.

March 20

Weird Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709
Learn the stories of plants’ bizarre adaptations, savor Thorogood’s illustrations of weird plants, and then create a weird plant of your own! This program is presented by Delaware Nature Society in collaboration with Longwood Gardens Community Read. Participants are eligible for passes to Longwood Gardens. Ages 11+. 2-3 p.m. Registration requested by visiting or calling the library (302-378-5588), or online at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/5989656

Mystery of the Purloined Plant, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandwine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
A rare and WEIRD plant specimen has been STOLEN! You need to solve the clues to recover the plant and catch the perpetrator. Escape room fun for families. Attendees will have the chance to win books and passes to Longwood Gardens. Ages 6+ with adult. Registration required. Call to register: Brandywine Hundred Library (302) 477-3150.

March 21

Smashed Potato, 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Folcroft Library
Location: Folcroft Library, 1725 Delmar Dr., Folcroft, PA 19032
Planting and seeing how many ways to use a potato. To register, call the library at 610-586-1690.

The Enormous Potato Planting Party, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Center for Horticulture and New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library 424 Delaware St. New Castle, DE 19720
Enjoy reading the story The Enormous Potato before planting a 5-gallon potato garden to leave at the library. Will your potato grow to be enormous? Call library at 302-328-1995 or register in person at the reference desk. Click here for more information.

Dig, Dig, Dig, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin DE 19707
Dig into delicious discoveries both above and below ground by unearthing the world of roots, fruits, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds. Leave with a potted seed that might just produce an enormous tomato. Presented by the Delaware Nature Society. No registration required.

March 23

Fredricksen Reads Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fredricksen Library
Location: Fredricksen Library, 100 North 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. Inspired by Longwood Gardens Community Read, we are adding a special garden-themed read this month! As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. You must have read or listened to this true story to participate. Register online, by phone (717-761-3900 x225), or in person.

March 24

The Enormous Potato Planting Party, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE 19711
Join us for a story time featuring the book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Participants can then help us plant a 5-gallon potato garden that will stay at the library. Suggested for ages 2 – 6 years. Registration is not required.

Create a Recycled Plant, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: Darby Free Library, 1001 Main St., Darby, PA 19023
Starting with story time, we will read The Enormous Potato. Pictures from Weird Plants and sample recycled plants will expand our knowledge of what a plant can look like. Then using craft and recyclable materials, participants will create their own plant sculpture. No registration required; free and open to all.

Well Read Book Club, 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library and Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE, 19720
Be part of a book club that inspires your imagination and takes you on wonderful journeys with friends. This month we will be discussing Semiosis by Sue Burke as part of the Longwood Community Read. Stop by the Circulation Desk any time after March 1st for a copy of the book (while supplies last). Ages 18+

March 25

Make-It: Giant Paper Flowers, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Looking for a fun and east DIY? Learn to make giant paper flowers for decorating with just a few steps. Material provided. In the spirit of the Longwood Community Read, 2020: Surprising and Strange Plants. To register, please contact Bear Library (302) 838-3300 or stop by INFO or KIDS Desks. Registration begins February 1.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: North Wales Area Library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales, PA 19454
All interested people are welcome to attend this book discussion of Semiosis. Copies of the book will be available for borrowing one month prior to the event. Registration not required.

March 27

Creative Writing: Telling a Plant's Story, 9:00 am

Fee: $129, includes Dining Dollars card toward lunch
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Catalpa Room
Open your mind to the endless possibilities about plant life and its interaction and interdependence with humans. Join acclaimed author Sue Burke as she guides you through writing exercises to explore ways to approach plants as a point of view, using the tools of both speculative and literary fiction. Spend the afternoon writing and reflecting using Longwood Gardens as your inspiration. What new plant might you invent? What new world might you create? A copy of two of Burke’s books, Semiosis and Interference, are included when registering for this class. Register online here.

Family Fun: The Enormous Potato Readers' Theater, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803
Everyone becomes part of this story of a potato farmer and his ENORMOUS challenge! Attendees will have the chance to win books and passes to Longwood Gardens. Ages 4+ with adult. No registration required

March 28

Attack of the Plant Nerds: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact, 6:30 pm

Free for active Members. Gardens Admission required for non-Members.
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens Ballroom
Are you Team Science Fiction or Team Science Fact? Join Semiosis author Sue Burke and a team of plant nerds for an evening exploring plants both real and imaginary. Burke discusses the inspiration behind the world of Pax, as well as answers questions about Interference, the sequel to Semiosis. Plant nerd experts (Marc Hachadourian, New York Botanical Garden’s Director of Glasshouse Horticulture and Senior Curator of Orchids; Bridget Wosczyna, owner of Diggin’ Jacks; Peter Zale, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections at Longwood Gardens) round out the evening by sharing tales of their favorite odd and unusual plants. Following the talk, continue the conversation in our glorious Conservatory. Burke will hold a book signing, and the plant nerds will be available to answer questions. A light dessert reception adds to the fun. Register online here.

Plant Monster Creations, 1:00 pm

Fee: $139
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Catalpa Room
As Longwood celebrates science fiction in this year's Community Read, think about a whole new world where plants reign supreme! Work collaboratively alongside artist Anne Eder to construct a large-scale monster with stunning features. Help install this creature, made exclusively from plant material, in Longwood's Conservatory. Then let your imagination run wild as you use dried and cut flowers and moss to transform a wire armature into your very own personal plant monster. Welcome your furry addition to your own home or garden. Register online here.

Weird Plants - DIY Moss Ball Aquariums, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Participants will learn about weird plants in nature and create their very own Moss Ball Aquarium to take home. Program is intended for students in grades 4-8. Registration is required! Please email lkraljevich@mclinc.org to register. Space is limited.

March 29

Digging In, Kids Read and Explore, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: Hildacy Preserve, 1031 Palmers Mill Road, Media, PA 19063
Professional storyteller Aubrey Davis reimagines one of our favorite folk tales, The Enormous Potato. This humorous tale begins with a farmer who plants an eye—a potato eye. It grows and grows into an enormous potato. We will read the story, enjoy yummy snacks, and get our hands dirty planting in the preserve! Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens on their annual Community Read initiative, designed to encourage reading and thoughtful reflection. Registration required. Please register online.

March 30

Choose Your Own Adventure Club: Attack of the Monster Plants, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
The club is for adventurers in grades 5 and 6. The librarian will select a different Choose Your Own Adventure® book to read each month, and the adventurers will decide which path the group should take. If the group can’t agree, roll a die! After reading the book, we will explore real-life examples using Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. No registration required.

March 31

Book Discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library Conference Room, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
Book discussion for adults. To register, call the library at 302-328-1995.

LGBTQ+ Teen Book Group, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Newark Free Library
Location: Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark, DE 19711
Book group for teens - to discuss Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. No registration is required.

Earth's Biomes: Build a Terrarium, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch Library, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
Create a live terrarium while learning about our Earth’s biomes and water cycle. Ages 6-11. Register online or by calling 410-658-4025.

April 1

Semiosis Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709
Registration is not required.

Healthy Kids Club: My Garden, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
This month at healthy kids club we will read The Enormous Potato and other books about gardens and vegetables. Then, we will design our own gardens and enjoy some healthy snacks. PreK.  No registration required.

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 for “Story Time with Miss Jennifer." Our theme is “Farms!” featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read book The Enormous Potato. For preschool age, but all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. For more information contact Miss Jennifer at jspade@ccls.org or call the library at 610-273-3303.

April 2

Crafty Story Time: The Enormous Potato, 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware City Library
Location: Delaware City Library, 250 5th St., Delaware City, DE 19706
This month we will read The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis and make our own pretend potato to play hot potato. Register on website, or contact library staff in person or at 302-834-4148

DIY Mini Succulents, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Explore the weird world of plants by creating a fun and decorative succulent planter. For grades 6-12. No registration required.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 5:45 pm

Free
Presented by: PHS McLean Library
Location: McLean Library, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Join our "Stories from the Garden" book group as we discuss this year's Community Read, Semiosis. Register online at http://www.phsonline.org/events or call 215-988-1698.

Semiosis Book Club Discussion, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Moreland Free Public Library
Location: Upper Moreland Free Public Library, 109 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090
The UMFPL Daytime book club will be reading Semiosis by Sue Burke! The Daytime Book Club Discussion will be held on April 2nd at 2:30pm. Stop by the information desk or call 215-659-0741 for additional information. No registration required.

Thursday Night Book Club, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Join us for our friendly, informal book discussion of Semiosis by Sue Burke - the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2020 selection. Visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.

Enormous Potato Community Read Event!, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department
Location: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1100 Powell St. Norristown PA 19401
Come explore the world of potatoes. Try potato printing, play the hot potato game and even taste some mashed potatoes! Featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read Book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. There is no registration, drop in the day of the program for this free event!  Recommended ages 4 to 12 years.

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 for “Story Time with Miss Jennifer." Our theme is “Farms!” featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read book The Enormous Potato. For preschool age, but all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. For more information contact Miss Jennifer at jspade@ccls.org or call the library at 610-273-3303.

April 3

Toddler Stay and Play, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
Stories and activities for all ages! Today's program is in collaboration with the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program. Participants will receive free passes to Longwood Gardens. No registration is required. Click here for more information.

Weird Plants Escape Room, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Tredyffrin Public Library 
Location: Large Meeting Room, Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road Strafford, PA 19087 
Can your team unlock the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the weird plant, balanophora during this special adults only, after hours escape room? There will be three iterations of the escape room starting at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. There will be a maximum of ten people per iteration, so please register online at http://bit.ly/WeirdPlantsApr3 or by calling the library at (610) 688-7092.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to zmills@ccls.org.

Weird, Wacky & Wild Watercolor Workshop, 6:30 pm

Fee: $35
Presented by: Strasburg-Heisler Library
Location: Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Ave., Strasburg, PA 17579
After a short reading selection from Semiosis and an introduction to Weird Plants, guests will explore a variety of watercolor techniques and have the opportunity to paint their own Weird, Wacky and Wild floral painting to take home. This special evening event is BYOB (don't forget the glasses!) therefore, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted in the library building after 6:30. Light refreshments will be provided. All project supplies are provided too. Click here to register. 

April 6 - May 31

Delaware County Libraries StoryWalk, open all day

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
We will have the book The Enormous Potato laid out in our StoryWalk. No registration is required. Click here for more information.

April 6

Semiosis Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Highway, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-996-1134.

Tree House Adventures, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E. Main St., Cecilton, MD, 21913
Celebrate Earth Day by creating and accessorizing your own tree house. Ages 7-11. Register online or by calling 410-275-1091.

Maker Mondays: Terrariums, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Boulevard, Perryville, MD 21903
Create a miniature natural world! Feel free to bring accessories to add, but we will provide the materials. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling 410-996-6070.

Community Read: Semiosis Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Tredyffrin Public Library
Location:  Conference Room, Tredyffrin Public Library 582 Upper Gulph Road Strafford, PA 19087 
Join Tredyffrin Public Library for a discussion of the Longwood Gardens Community Read selection Semiosis by Sue Burke. Questions or concerns can be directed to zmills@ccls.org.  Please register online at http://bit.ly/TPLSemiosisApr6 or by calling the library at (610) 688-7092.

April 7

Semiosis Book Discussion, 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Blvd., Perryville, MD 21903
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-996-6070.

April 8

Teen Tall Tales: Potato Edition, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
After reading flower and seed related folklore and myths from around the world, we will find out the truth behind seeds in Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Ages 13 and up. No registration required.

April 13

Evolution of Killer Plants, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Science on Tap Philadelphia
Location: National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Parasitic and carnivorous (“killer”) plants have piqued the curiosity of botanists, explorers, and horticulturists for centuries, with scientists beginning to unravel the evolutionary relationships of these “green predators” in recent years. From cryptic parasitic broomrapes (Orobanche) found in the far reaches of Portugal, to the myriad forms of pitcher plant (Nepenthes) in tropical Borneo, this lecture is one that plant nerds and science enthusiasts cannot miss. Chris Thorogood even shares insight into the mysterious and mystical mandrake root of Harry Potter fame. Join us for this happy hour lecture in the heart of Philadelphia. This presentation is part of the Science on Tap Series, a monthly gathering in Philadelphia that features public discussion on engaging science topics. Held in a relaxed bar setting on the second Monday of every month, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way. Science on Tap is sponsored by the Academy of Natural Sciences, American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, Science History Institute, Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Penn Museum, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

April 14

Little Shop of Horrors movie, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Enjoy this classic from the 80’s about a nerdy florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant. No Registration Required.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Branch, 106 W. Cecil Ave., North East, MD 21901
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-996-6269.

Teamwork, 10:15 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History and Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Work together like the characters in the story Enormous Potato in this hands-on activity presented by the Delaware Museum of Natural History as we explore the animal kingdom. No registration required.

April 15

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Weird Plants of the Ambler Greenhouse, 7:00 pm

Free for Arboretum Members, $10 non-members
Presented by: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Location: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler PA 19002
A Walking Tour with Greenhouse Horticulturist Benjamin Snyder. See some of the weird plants featured in Chris Thorogood’s book, Weird Plants, in person in the Greenhouse of the Temple University Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department. Learn how they grow and if you can grow them at home. Additionally, meet some of the relatives of the weird plants and learn about their interesting characteristics. Register by visiting https://ambler.temple.edu/life-ambler/community-events

Weird Plant Painting for Teens & Adults, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720
Enjoy step-by-step instructions from local artist, Katie LeCocq to create a painting inspired by Chris Thorogood’s book, Weird Plants. Ages 13-adult. Registration required; space and supplies are limited. Registration opens here on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 6:30pm. You can also call the library at (302) 657-8020.

Tyler Arboretum presents: The Enormous Potato, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Tyler Arboretum and Ridley Township Public Library
Location: Ridley Township Public Library, 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
The book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis tells the story of people working together to harvest and enjoy potatoes. In this program, we will learn how a garden ecosystem similarly works together to support the growth of the potato. Student scientists will explore the importance of soil and the critters that live in it as we explore our live worm bin. Then we’ll discover how all of the parts of the potato plant work together too. We’ll do an illuminating experiment to discover the power of potatoes and how this nutritious food can help us grow. Each student will wrap up the program by planting their very own potato eye to grow and experiment with at home. To register, visit www.ridleylibrary.org, and click on the ‘Events’ tab to search our library’s calendar of events.

Weird & Wonderful Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Library
Location: Brandwine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Unlock the mysteries of weird and wonderful plants from all over the world with real samples and hands-on dissection. Attendees could win a free book or passes to Longwood Gardens. Presented at the library by the Delaware Center for Horticulture as part of Longwood Community Read. Ages 8-12. No registration required.

Carnivorous Plants, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Boulevard, Perryville, MD 21903
Dissect a real pitcher plant to see what it’s been eating and learn about the various ways these plants attract, trap, and digest insects. Presented by Mt. Cuba Center. Ages 6-11. Register online or by calling 410-996-6070.

Pages & Pints, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
Join a librarian from Indian Valley Public Library for a book discussion at Blueprint Brewing Co. on the third Wednesday of the month. Copies of each month’s book will be available at Indian Valley Public Library to check out. Participants are responsible for their own drinks. Registration required. Visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.

Family Book Adventures - The Enormous Potato, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Pottstown Regional Public Library
Location: Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Join us in the children’s department for Family Book Adventures, featuring The Enormous Potato. There will be stories, sensory activities, games and a craft. Families in attendance will also receive a free book and bag of goodies to promote reading at home. Families that read together succeed together! No Registration Necessary. 

April 16

Can Plants Talk? 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: ChesLen Preserve, 1031 Palmers Mill Road, Media, PA 19063
Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches…and waits. Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools. A tale of first contact, Sue Burke’s debut science fiction novel Semiosis is a generation-spanning, sci-fi tale told through the lens of multiple perspectives across the first 107 years of settlement. Join us for a book club discussion in the pavilion overlooking the rolling hills of ChesLen Preserve. Registration required. Please register online.

Enormous Potato Story Time, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department
Location: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1100 Powell St. Norristown PA 19401
Special Story Time featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read Book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Come hear potato stories and learn about the different types of potatoes. Try some potato stamping fun or make a Mr. Potato Head! There is no registration, drop in the day of the program for this free event! Recommended ages 12 months to 4 years with a caregiver.

April 17

The Weird, the Wild, and the Wonderful, 9:30 am

Fee: $29
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Visitor Center Auditorium
Follow the journey of world-renowned plant hunter and illustrator Chris Thorogood, who has painted his way around the globe, depicting the world’s weirdest and wildest rare plants. His travels span from the driest deserts of the Middle East to the misty mountains of tropical Borneo. The plant kingdom is replete with intriguing forms and structures that have long inspired botanical illustrators. Thorogood recounts the challenges of his adventures, and how he has sought to conjure up these botanical curiosities in oil on canvas. Take home a signed copy of Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood and your very own Nepenthes to continue your appreciation for the carnivorous plants. Register online here.

Weird Plants: An Escape Room in a Box, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720
The year is 1848, and you are a member of West Chester’s Horticultural Society. Just back from a trip to Australia, Dr. Seymour is presenting her newly discovered plant, the balanophora, in West Chester’s Horticultural Hall. Her new plant is under lock and key, and it will be revealed once all members arrive. But Dr. Seymour can’t find her keys! After some detective work, you find the keys, open the plant’s box, and…NOTHING! Dr. Seymour blames you for the missing balanophora. Now, you must find the plant and the perpetrator! In this program, students will become detectives, using primary sources from the Chester County Historical Society’s library and archives to solve clues and uncover the mystery. Ages 12+, registration required. Call library at 302-328-1995 or register in person at the reference desk. Click here for more information.

The Enormous Potato Book Discussion, 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N Broad St.,  Middletown, DE 19807
After enjoying the story The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis help harvest the 5-gallon potato garden that has been growing for the past 3 months. Will our potatoes grow to be ENORMOUS? Register online on the Upcoming Events calendar.

April 18

Attack of the Plant Nerds II: The Revenge, 7:30 pm

Fee: $35
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Longwood Gardens, Exhibition Hall, Conservatory
Join Chris Thorogood, bona fide parasitic plant expert and author of Weird Plants, on a killer plant safari in the comfort of our Exhibition Hall. Gain new respect for the wonder of carnivorous plants and their sometimes startling real-life behavior. Following the discussion, explore an imaginary world of plant evil as we dim the lights and present the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors (1960, run time 60 minutes; not recommended for ages 13 or less), including the chance for some lively, active audience participation! You may never look at a plant the same way again. You bring the spirit of fun; we’ll supply interactive props. Light movie snacks, popcorn, and themed mocktails add to the fun. Following the film, join us for a book signing with Thorogood and an opportunity to continue the conversation. Register online here.

Fredricksen Reads Semiosis by Sue Burke, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fredricksen Library
Location: Fredricksen Library, 100 North 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Join us as we discuss this year’s Longwood gardens Community Reads book choice, Semiosis. In this character driven novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke, human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance. Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape--trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Ages 18 and older, please. Registration begins February 1. Register online, by phone (717-761-3900 x225), or in person.

Teen Escape Room: Weird Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, PA 18969
The year is 1848, and you are a member of West Chester’s Horticultural Society. Just back from a trip to Australia, Dr. Seymour is presenting her newly discovered plant, the balanophora, in West Chester’s Horticultural Hall. Her new plant is under lock and key, and it will be revealed once all members arrive. But Dr. Seymour can’t find her keys! After some detective work, you find the keys, open the plant’s box, and…NOTHING! Dr. Seymour blames you for the missing balanophora. Now, you must find the plant and the perpetrator! Registration required. Grades 8 to 12. Register online at www.ivpl.org.

April 21

Art Shop: Potato Prints, 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
IVPL invites adults to explore art and unleash their creativity with adapted art projects. After reading The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis, we create our own prints using potatoes. Feel free to bring lunch and eat before the program (11:00 am). No registration required.

Tinker Tuesdays: Potato Power, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
Join us as we read The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. We will then explore the world of vegetables and gardening through hands-on activities. Registration required. Grades K-2. Register online at www.ivpl.org.

Kids Book Group for 5-8 Year Olds, 4:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Read and discuss books with your friends. This month we will be discussing Enormous Potato retold by Aubrey Davis. Copies will be available in the Children's Room after March 17, 2020. Bring bottled water. Snacks will be provided. For ages 5 -8. After our book discussion, using simple machines can make big tasks easier. Learn about and build a pulley that will help us move heavy objects. Presented by the Nemours Estate. Please call 302-239-5160 to register.

April 22

Grow Your Own Sprouts, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Celebrate Earth Day at the library. Learn to grow your own bean sprouts in a jar. A Longwood Gardens Community Read related program . Materials supplied. Get tickets at Kids Desk 15 minutes before program.

Plants Behaving Badly Movie, 3:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
This 2013 documentary features David Attenborough and intriguing plant behaviors like carnivorous plants and exotic orchids who seduce pollinators through beauty. No Registration Required.

Moss Ball Aquariums, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Chesapeake City Branch Library, 2527 Augustine Herman Highway, Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Create an aquatic home for a living “pet” moss. Ages 7-11. Register online or by calling 410-996-1134.

April 23

Weird Plants, 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware City Library
Location: Delaware City Library, 250 5th St., Delaware City, DE 19706
Learn the stories of the bizarre adaptations of weird plants, enjoy spectacular illustrations, then use a variety of materials to construct entirely new plant species adapted to some strange and diverse environments. Presented by the Delaware Nature Society. Based on the book Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Register on website, or contact library staff in person or at 302-834-4148.

April 25

Weird Plants, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Kirkwood Library
Location: Kirkwood Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808
A 5-foot wide, 20-pound vampire flower. A 10-foot tall inflorescence that smells like rotting fish and sweaty socks. A plant that is pollinated by…lizards!? Are these nightmares? Science fiction? Believe it or not, these are just a few of the uncanny, yet real-life denizens of Chris Thorogood’s book Weird Plants. Learn the stories of their bizarre adaptations, savor Thorogood’s spectacular illustrations, then use a variety of materials (plus your logic and imagination!) to construct entirely new plant species adapted to some strange and diverse environments. Recommended for 5th grade and older. Call 302-995-7663 to register.

New and Unusual Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library 
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Nancy Bell keeps us ahead of the game, showing off the new and the weird in the plant world. To register, please contact Bear Library (302) 838-3300 or stop by INFO or KIDS Desks. Registration begins February 1.

April 26

Out of This World Plants, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Woodlawn Library
Location: Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th St, Wilmington, DE 19805
In this hands-on lecture, hear from a Longwood Gardens’ instructor as they share stories about the wildest plants found in Chris Thorogood’s Weird Plants and their other worldly adaptations. Get up close and personal with succulent, aquatic, and carnivorous plants from Longwood and learn about the future of plant conservation by exploring techniques used to help species in peril. Participants take home their very own test-tube plant. Call or visit the reference desk to register (302) 571-7425.

April 28

"Other" Planting Party, 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Appoquinimink Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N Broad ST.  Middletown, DE 19807
Dig into delicious discoveries both above and below ground by unearthing the world of roots, fruits, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds. Leave with a potted seed that might just produce an enormous tomato. Presented by the Delaware Nature Society. Register online at the Upcoming Events calendar.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch, 215 E. Main Street, Cecilton, MD 21913
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-275-1091.

Lego Club: Design a Garden, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969
Join us for an hour of building with Legos. This month, we challenge you to design your own garden or create your own weird plant inspired by the book Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Grades K-5. No registration required.

April 29

The Enormous Potato, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Claymont Library
Location: Claymont Library, 400 Lenape Way, Claymont, DE 19703
In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program join us for a special reading of The Enormous Potato followed by a craft. All ages with caregiver. 10:30-11:30 a.m. No registration is required.

April 30

Kids’ Academy: Carnivorous Plants, 1:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: North East Branch Library, 106 W. Cecil Ave., North East, MD 21901
Educational activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings. Ages 6-11. Register online or by calling 410-996-6269.

May 1

Kids' Academy: Bees, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Boulevard, Perryville, MD 21903
Educational activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings. Ages 6-11. Register online or by calling 410-996-6070.

May 5

Elsmere Book Club for Kids, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Elsmere Library
Location: Elsmere Library, 30 Spruce Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805
Join our monthly book club and talk about fun and exciting books. Snacks will be provided. The book for this month will be Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood. Ages 8-11. To register call Elsmere Library at 302-892-2210

May 6

Plant Exchange, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Perryville Branch Library, 500 Coudon Boulevard, Perryville, MD 21903
Find new plants at our plant exchange. Bring some of your favorites to swap with others. A Cecil County Master Gardener will provide information on transplant shock, soil, creep leap philosophy and more. Register online or by calling 410-996-6070.

Semiosis Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
Join us to discuss Semiosis, one of the Longwood Gardens Community Read book selections for 2020. To register go online to ridleylibrary.org, email reference@ridleylibrary.org, or call 610-583-0593.

May 9

Green Invaders, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
They lurk in sheltered recesses, decorate with pretty flowers, quickly turn into exploding white puffs and steal. Those green weed invaders! Join University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener, Jack Bruhn, as he gives us the tools and methods to combat these green invaders. To register, please contact Bear Library (302) 838-3300 or stop by INFO or KIDS Desk. Registration begins February 1.

May 13

Books Under the Beech, 3:00 pm

Free, Registration Required
Presented by: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Location: Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002
Bring the little ones, or the grandkids over to the Arboretum as we tuck in among the branches of a beech tree for a reading of book followed by an interactive walk through the gardens connected to the story we just heard. After reading this month’s book - The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis, we will head over to explore the fruits and vegetables in the Research Garden. Free, Rain or Shine. Register by visiting https://ambler.temple.edu/life-ambler/community-events

May 15

Kids' Academy: Bees, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Ave., Elkton, MD 21921
Educational activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings. Ages 6-11. Register online or by calling 410-996-5600.

May 17

Fatal Attraction, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center & Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Explore the exciting and bizarre world of carnivorous plants inspired by Chris Thorogood's Weird Plants. Peek inside a real pitcher plant if you dare! Presented by the Mount Cuba Center. No registration required.

May 18

Semiosis Book Discussion, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-658-4025.

May 19

Jr. Scientist: Chlorophyll Painting, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Bear Library, 101 Governor's Place, Bear, DE 19701
Ever wonder why plants are green? Come learn about plant chlorophyll and discover what it helps plants do. Create a work of art using the chlorophyll you just learned about. Get tickets at Kids Desk 15 minutes before program.

Plant Exchange, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Rising Sun Branch Library, 111 Colonial Way, Rising Sun, MD 21911
Find new plants at our plant exchange. Bring some of your favorites to swap with others. A Cecil County Master Gardener will provide information on transplant shock, soil, creep leap philosophy and more. Register online or by calling 410-658-4025.

Native Plants, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Cecilton Branch Library, 215 E. Main Street, Cecilton, MD 21913
Learn why you should include native plants in your garden and how to replace non-native plants with natives. Register online or by calling 410-275-1091.

May 27

Semiosis Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921
Book discussion on Semiosis. Register online or by calling 410-996-5600.

May 30

Herb Gardening, 2:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
Penn State Master Gardener Joe Daniels will focus on the best practices for growing herbs. This will include tips and techniques on maximizing these plants’ fragrant and culinary uses. To register, go online to ridleylibrary.org, email reference@ridleylibrary.org, or call 610-583-0593.

Plant Exchange, 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center
Location: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
All are invited to bring in a plant they no longer need or want and/or take a plant that they would like to enjoy in their home or garden. All plants “weird” or normal are welcome! A Penn State Master Gardener will be on hand for plant advice. To register, go online to ridleylibrary.org, email reference@ridleylibrary.org, or call 610-583-0593.

June 15

The Enormous Potato Harvesting Party, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Appoquinimink Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N Broad St., Middletown, DE 19807
After enjoying the story The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis help harvest the 5-gallon potato garden that has been growing for the past 3 months. Will our potatoes grow to be ENORMOUS? Register online on the Upcoming Events calendar.

October 15

Southern Lehigh Book Discussion Group October Meeting: Semiosis by Sue Burke, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Southern Lehigh Public Library
Location: Southern Lehigh Public Library, 3200 Preston Lane, Center Valley, PA 18034
Discussion of the novel Semiosis by Sue Burke. No registration necessary. All are welcome.