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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!

Ongoing

Ruby's Birds Virtual Story Time

Free
Presented by: Coy Public Library of Shippensburg 
Location: Online
Based on the book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Register to join Ms. Sami for a virtual storytime featuring Ruby’s Birds, and to reserve the craft kits that are part of the program! To register: https://forms.gle/7Qi2uNaf5HZ3Vjqw8

Ruby's Birds Story Time

Free
Presented by: Bernville Area Community Library
Location: Facebook virtual program
We will read the book and including the opportunity to get a bird house craft at the library to build. No need to register, just click on the Facebook link above.

March 1 - ongoing

Birdseed Science - Bird Tracking take home activity

Free
Presented by: Strasburg-Heisler Library 
Location: Pick up at Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Avenue, Strasburg, PA 17579
This Take-Home Activity encourages identification of backyard birds by attracting them with various birdseed. The activity includes three types of birdseed and a bird tracking log sheet. Students are encouraged to use an app or field guide to ID the birds that eat each kind of seed and keep track of them on their log sheet. Students are encouraged to post their result with the library staff who will gather the findings and share the varieties of birds spotted in our community’s backyards. No registration, just visit the library to pick up an activity kit.

Memory-Matching Game take home activity

Free
Presented by: Strasburg-Heisler Library 
Location: Pick up at Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Avenue, Strasburg, PA 17579
This Take-Home Activity introduces the subject of bird spotting and identification, taking in consideration how different the birds of one species can look, depending on their gender. The game includes 21 male and 21 female birds. Each card features a drawing of a male or female bird, as well as its common name and scientific name. The game includes information about where the bird can be found and something interesting about it. No registration, just visit the library to pick up an activity kit.

Through April 30

"Love Affair with Nature" Photography Contest

Free
Presented by: Mifflin Community Library
Location: Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, PA 19607
Submit your bird or nature-themed photography with your contact info to mifflinlibrary@gmail.com or our front desk. Contest inspired by The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham and the Longwood Gardens Community Read. Winner will receive a window bird feeder!

"Rare Bird" Art Contest

Free
Presented by: Mifflin Community Library
Location: Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, PA 19607
Submit your bird or nature-themed art with your contact info to mifflinlibrary@gmail.com or our front desk. Contest inspired by The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham and the Longwood Gardens Community Read. Winner will receive a vintage inspired bird poster!

March 1 - April 21

John Heinz Book Club Reads The Home Place

Free
Presented by: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Join the John Heinz Book Club as we read J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. The Book Club will meet virtually to discuss the book on April 21st. To register, email Kelly at Kelly_Quain@fws.gov

March 1 - April 30

Longwood Gardens-Inspired Teen Photography Contest

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
In your photograph, explore where a fascination with plants, gardens, and nature might start for someone. We encourage you to venture outside to capture this theme.
• Open to students in grades 6 to 12
• All contestants will be entered into a drawing to receive a pass to visit Longwood Gardens.
• The grand prize winner will receive a $20 gift card and feature in IVPL monthly newsletter.
Contact Nicole at nhusbands@ivpl.org for instructions to submit and for any questions. No registration required.

Quarryville Library Teahouse Book Club: The Home Place by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham, asynchronous

Free
Presented by: Quarryville Library
Location: Virtual
Quarryville Library’s Online Book Club for adults is honored to join the Longwood Gardens Community Read in presenting The Home Place by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. The book club facilitator has chosen a read-alike book, Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall, which will be offered along with The Home Place for the months of March and April. The book club is interactive, with a written online discussion. The book club page offers gardeners a specially curated book list linked to our county’s online catalog featuring books and DVDs about sustainable landscaping & gardening to attract birds. Patrons may register to join the discussion by calling the library at 717-786-1336 or emailing library@quarryvillelibrary.org. To view the book club, go to the Quarryville Library homepage and click on the Virtual Offerings tab.

March 11 - June 30

Ruby's Birds at the Storywalk® at Ashbridge Park, during park open hours

Free
Presented by: The Lower Merion Library System 
Location: Ashbridge Park, 1301 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Enjoy a walk in the park while you read Ruby’s Birds at the Storywalk®. Visit Ashbridge Park in Bryn Mawr and locate the Storywalk® next to the playground. There you will find pages from Ruby’s Birds displayed along a path. Read about Ruby while you walk the path. Then tour the park to find your own birds. Be sure to take a picture at the Storywalk® selfie-station and use the tag #LMLSStorywalk. No registration necessary.

March 15 - May 15

Cecil County Public Library Story Trail at Calvert Regional Park, during park hours

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library 
Location: Calvert Regional park, 304 Brick Meetinghouse Road, North East, MD 21901
Visit Cecil County Public Library’s Story Trail at Calvert Regional Park to read Ruby’s Birds, this year’s Longwood Community Read selection for children. No registration required.

March 20 - May 1

Ruby’s Birds Story Stroll

Free
Presented by: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Location: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 19148
Take a stroll while reading the pages of Mya Thompson’s Ruby’s Birds. Then explore the Refuge trails to search for the real life birds featured in the book! Registration is not required.

March 22 - May 31

Let's Write a Poem, self-directed

Free
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library 
Location: Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, PA 19530
Pick up or download the poem template from the library and watch our Let’s Write a Poem! video made by Berks Bards and learn how you can get outside, look for some birds, and write a poem. Return your completed poem to the library for a prize and a chance to win a family pass to Longwood Gardens. No registration necessary! Poem template available at the library or on our website kutztownlibrary.org/branch/Kutztown/youth. Video available on our facebook @kutztownlibrary or youtube @kutztowncommunitylibrary.

Yarn Bird and Foraged Nest Craft Kit, during library hours

Free
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library 
Location: Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, PA 19530
Pick up a free Yarn Bird and Foraged Nest Craft Kit at the Kutztown Community Library! Includes everything needed to make a bird out of yarn and instructions, as well as instructions on how to forage for items to make a natural bird’s nest for your yarn bird. Submit a picture of your craft to the library for a chance to win a Family Pass to Longwood Gardens! No registration necessary! Pick up a kit at the library.

March 30 - June 30

Ruby's Birds

Free
Presented by: Village Library
Location:  Online via Facebook
The presentation is centered around the book Ruby's Birds, with a tie-in craft. Instructions will be given on how to be entered to win tickets to Longwood Gardens. Click on hyperlink to view presentation: https://www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryofMorgantown/videos/pcb.10158243417483100/284418663213773

April 1-30

Springing up with Birds Kit, Pick-up activities, Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 (while supplies last)

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: From 1001 Main St., Darby, PA to your home
Kit includes everything you need to; Build a nest, go on a Nature Treasure Hunt (bring back your finds to the Library for prizes), color the birds from J. Drew’s House  and more. Registration is not required.

April 6 - June 30

Discover how one finds a passion for nature and explore what can become of that spark.  Social media photo journal contest, ongoing

Free
Presented by: Village Library 
Location: Online via Facebook
We will be holding an photo entry contest for adults 18+ with the theme “Discover how one finds a passion for nature and explore what can become a spark.” Entries will use quote in a photo journal contest to describe why they love nature and include their favorite place in nature etc. First few winners will receive a copy of the book The Home Place in addition to tickets to Longwood Gardens. 12 winners total. Tag us on social media to be entered.

April 7-13

Bird Seed Ornaments, pick up Go Packs during library hours (while supplies last)

Free
Presented by: Reading Public Library - Northeast Branch 
Location: Reading Public Library - Northeast Branch, 1348 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604
Come on in to the Northeast Branch Library and pick up a bird seed ornament GoPack! Instructions are included with a link to a Youtube video to make your own bird seed ornament. Fill out the enclosed raffle ticket for a chance to win a copy of this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book for children, Ruby’s Birds, by Mya Thompson. Turn in your raffle ticket by April 13th and winners will be notified on April 14th! Pick up a GoPack at the Northeast Branch Library.

April 8-29

Ruby’s Birds Trail Tale & Scavenger Hunt at Talley Day Park, during daylight hours

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Public Library 
Location: Talley Day Park & Brandywine Hundred Library, 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Spring is for the Birds! As the weather warms, visit Talley Day Park to stretch your legs and to enjoy Mya Thompson’s and Claudia Davila’s charming picture book, Ruby’s Birds. Follow the trail to read the story, to see some birds yourself, and see if you can complete the scavenger hunt. All ages. No registration necessary.

April 13

Natural Lands’ Ruby’s Birds: Kids Read and Explore, 10:00 - 11:00am

Free for adults, $5 per child
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: Stoneleigh, a natural garden, 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova, PA 19085
Kids, bring your favorite adults and discover the wonderful world of birds! Nature never closes and birds abound at our preserves. Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. We’ll explore birds through storytime and light hiking to learn more about our tweeting friends. Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens’ eighth annual Community Read initiative, a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure. This year feature book is Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, where a little girl discovers her spark—birds— in her own neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Capacity is limited for this small-group event, and pre-registration is required (https://natlands.org/event/rubysbirds-stoneleigh-2021-0413/). If you need to cancel, please let us know so another child can attend.

April 14

Noon Book Discussion Group, 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Rd.  Hockessin, DE  19707 (Note:  If the Library is still closed to the public due to the pandemic, then the book discussion will take place on Zoom.  A link will be emailed to all registrants).
Join our lively, informal Noon Book Group as we discuss this year’s Community Read. Please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, @ 302-239-5160, or email shelley.stein@newcastlede.gov

Delaware Museum of Natural History Presents: Ruby's Birds, 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom link shared upon registration
Learn about local birds through bird-themed games and activities along with a special reading of the book Ruby's Birds. Presented by the Delaware Museum of Natural History as part of this year's Longwood Community Read. For families with children ages 4-10. Register at https://www.cecilcountylibrary.org/events/delaware-museum-natural-history-presents-rubys-birds. This program takes place on Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

Longwood Gardens Community Read Book Discussion: The Home Place: Memories of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Marple Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed upon registration.
This year's Longwood Gardens Community Read featured book for adults is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Physical copies of the book may be reserved through the library. This book is also available on our preloaded Kindles and as an eAudiobook in hoopla. A limited number of Longwood Gardens passes will be raffled off during the event. Register at https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7583497 

Spring into Birding with Appalachian Audubon Society, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fredricksen Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Appalachian Audubon Society President, Chris Kemmerer, as he takes you on a virtual journey to discover some common and not-so-common birds that call central Pennsylvania home. He will cover basic identification, highlight unique and amazing characteristics and abilities of birds, as well as share local areas to go birding. This is a great way to help us honor this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read pick The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham! Registration is now open and is required for the Zoom link: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE_Birding_2021

April 14 - ongoing

“Birds In Our Neighborhood” Preschool Grab-and-Go Kit, during library hours (while supplies last)

Free
Presented by: Hamburg Public Library 
Location: “Birds In Our Neighborhood” Preschool Grab-and-Go Kits can be picked up from one of two locations—the display in the glass porch at the Hamburg Public Library (35 North 3rd Street, Hamburg, PA 19526) or the display on the wall near the cash registers inside Redner’s Market grocery store (500 Hawk Ridge Road, Hamburg, PA 19526).
Each Grab-and-Go Kit will include several bird-themed activities. Most notably, children will have the opportunity to create their own bird watching “binoculars” from paper tubes, construction paper, and yarn, which are all included in the Kit. Children will be encouraged to find the joy of bird watching in their neighborhood, just like Ruby in Ruby’s Birds. No registration is required.

Virtual Preschool Storytime: “Birds In Our Neighborhood” 

Free
Presented by: Hamburg Public Library 
Location:  This asynchronous, virtual storytime can be viewed on the Hamburg Public Library’s Facebook page beginning April 14, 2021
Join Hamburg Public Library’s Children’s Librarian for a fun-filled virtual preschool storytime all about birds! We’ll enjoy a read-aloud of Mya Thompson’s book, Ruby’s Birds, which is the sweet story of a little girl who discovers the joy of bird watching in her neighborhood. Follow-up activities will focus on birds we might spot in our own backyards here in Pennsylvania. No registration is required.

April 15

Natural Lands’ Outdoors Online – The Home Place Book Discussion, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens on their annual Community Read initiative, designed to encourage reading and thoughtful reflection. Join our virtual book club discussion of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today. Grab your favorite cocktail or mocktail and join us for a book club discussion through Zoom, facilitated by Natural Lands Vice President of Communications and Engagement (and book lover), Kelly Herrenkohl. You’ll get the best value from the experience if you read the book before-hand. Please support your local book store, a black-owned book store, or visit your library. Please register here: https://natlands.org/event/outdoorson-homeplace-2021-0415/

Longwood Community Read Book Discussion, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom link shared upon registration.
Join us to discuss this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read - The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Contact your local branch to reserve a copy of the book. Register at https://www.cecilcountylibrary.org/events/longwood-community-read-book-discussion. This program takes place on Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link upon registration

Book Discussion: The Home Place, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Dublin Library 
Location: Live via Zoom
Join the discussion to talk about the book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Register online at udpl.org.

Ruby's Birds Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Atglen Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Ms. Maureen for themed stories and a related craft. Best for ages 3 to 6 years, but all are welcome! Held on Zoom; a link will be sent to you. Register online: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7555088 

Citizen Science: Bird Watching for a Cause, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Spring is for the Birds! There are more than 400 different species of birds in Delaware. How many have you seen? Can you help scientists track some of these species? Learn how to get involved in Citizen Science Bird-Watching projects. Participants will have a chance to win free passes to Longwood Gardens. Adults & teens. Registration required. https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/virtuallibraryevents/citizensciencebirds

April 15 - May 31

Delaware County Libraries StoryWalk, All Day

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
We will have the book Ruby’s Birds laid out in our StoryWalk. Registration for this event is not necessary.

April 16

Ruby's Birds Grab and Go Craft Kits, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library 
Location: Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave, West Grove PA  19390
Fun craft kits for families available first come/ first serve while supply lasts. Includes birdseed and other materials needed for birdwatching. Share your comments on the Avon Grove Library Facebook page. No registration needed. 

April 17

Ruby's Birds Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Upper Dublin Public Library
Location: Upper Dublin Public Library, 520 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034
We will be reading Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson. After we read the story we will be acting it out and having fun with some related activities. Masks must be worn, UDPL will provide chairs. A take home craft will be provided. Rain date is April 24th. Registration begins on March 1st, a link will be provided in the event webpage.

Natural Lands’ Ruby’s Birds: Kids Read and Explore, 10:00 - 11:00am

Free for adults, $5 per child
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: Gwynedd Preserve, 640 South Swedesford Road, North Wales, PA 19002
Kids, bring your favorite adults and discover the wonderful world of birds! Nature never closes and birds abound at our preserves. Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. We’ll explore birds through storytime and light hiking to learn more about our tweeting friends. Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens’ eighth annual Community Read initiative, a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure. This year feature book is Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, where a little girl discovers her spark—birds— in her own neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Capacity is limited for this small-group event, and pre-registration is required (https://natlands.org/event/rubysbirds-gwynedd-2021-0417/). If you need to cancel, please let us know so another child can attend.

Exploring Spring Birds at Black Rock, 9:00 am

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location:  Black Rock Sanctuary, 953 Black Rock Rd., (Rt. 113), Phoenixville, PA  19460
Discover a great hobby and learn about nature and the conservation/habitat preservation needs of our birds! Come and explore the fun and entertaining world of birds on a walk with Liz Alakszay and Christine Nicholson at Black Rock Sanctuary, 953 Black Rock Rd. (Rt. 113) in Phoenixville. You will learn not only about identifying birds, but also about the habitat and feeding preferences of the various birds that we will encounter as we check out the wetlands and the meadow. We will also practice using binoculars and offer tips for using your bird guide. You can also download the Merlin Bird ID App at: https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/download/. After our walk, you will be sent a list of the birds we observed. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. You are encouraged to bring binoculars, sturdy walking shoes, a bird guide, bottled water, and bug repellant, and to dress appropriately for the weather. Liz is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and has been a Cornell Ornithology Lab member and a FeederWatch program participant for over a decade. Through her involvement in the West Whiteland Public Services commission and her role as Great Backyard Bird Count ambassador, she teaches about birds and designs, develops and advises on creating bird-friendly parks and backyard habitats. Christine is Circulation Manager at Phoenixville Public Library. Besides her love for libraries, she is an advocate for nature and a passionate outdoorswoman. Christine has been birding for the past six years.  This event is being held in conjunction with Longwood Gardens' 2021 Community Read. This year's Community Read featured book for adults is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Birds are a lifelong passion for Lanham, and in The Home Place, he also examines his personal history and struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.  Each attendee at the walk will receive a family pass to Longwood Gardens. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 10 attendees. Registration is required: https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/bird-walk-2 or call 610-933-3013 x132.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Storywalk, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Rose Tree Park Storywalk, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
The event will take place on April 17th from 10:00-12:00 pm at Rose Tree Park StoryWalk where we will be featuring the Longwood Gardens Community Read book for children, Ruby’s Birds. Stroll through the park as you read the book, then stop back at the Delaware County Libraries’ table to pick up an activity sheet and a copy of Ruby’s Birds for your family. Your child/children can also pick out an additional book compliments of our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten sponsors, Rotary 7450 and the Rotary Clubs of Chester, Media, Swarthmore and Wayne. Spots are limited to 20 families with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten participants and start times will begin every 10 minutes giving plenty of room for social distancing. Register here: https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7619152

Birds of a Feather, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Phoenixville Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Ages preschool & up, families welcome. Listen to a virtual read-aloud of Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson and Claudia Davila, the 2021 Longwood Gardens Community Read Selection for Younger Readers (also available in print through our online catalog @ https://catalog.ccls.org), 'meet' online a variety of feathered friends from our region via taxidermy, nests and calls, then test your observation skills and learn how you can make your home a happy place for a variety of birds. Registration required: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7647541Each adult attendee will be eligible to enter a raffle drawing for a free pass (covering up to 4 family members) to Longwood Gardens.

April 19

Make it: Beeswax Wraps, 6:00-7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Are you concerned about birds and other wildlife and the environment? Would like to use less plastic? Make beeswax wraps as a more sustainable solution to keep your food fresh. Supply kits can be picked up at the Bear Library ahead of the online program. This event is presented in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read. Teens and adults. Registration is required: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7506655

Book Discussion: The Home Place, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Lansdale Public Library
Location: Zoom meeting
We will be discussing The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham. Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-read-2021-book-discussion-the-home-place-tickets-142583229277

April 19 - 24

Birdhouse Competition: Design a Home for Our Feathered Friends

Submit Entries: April 19-April 24, 2021
Viewing: April 26 – May 31, 2021
Submit Entries during our curbside open hours
Mon. & Tues. 10 AM – 7:30 PM
Wed. 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Thurs. & Fri. 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 1:30 PM
Viewing Hours of Birdhouses: Mon. – Sun. daylight hours outside
Free
Presented by: Exeter Community Library
Location: Exeter Community Library, 4569 Prestwick Dr, Reading, PA 19606
Designing a home for our feather friends is not just about hammering some nails and pieces of wood together. This project encourages builders to read and research a little further and acquire the knowledge as to what birds are most likely to use a birdhouse, how to make a yard attractive to nesting birds, and how to ensure the house is suitable to attract local birds. This contest inspires participants to build creative, functional, environmentally friendly and durable backyard habits and in doing so to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds. Birdhouses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the month of May and voted on by visitors. A People’s Choice Prize will be awarded. If submitting for the competition:
1.) Link for form on library website: http://www.berkslibraries.org/branch/exeter
2.) Call the library for an application form at 610-406-9431

April 20

Evening Book Discussion Group, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Hockessin Library
Location: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Rd.  Hockessin, DE  19707 (Note:  If the Library is still closed to the public due to the pandemic, then the book discussion will take place on Zoom.  A link will be emailed to all registrants).
Join our lively, informal Evening Book Group as we discuss this year’s Community Read. Please contact Shelley Stein, Adult Services Librarian, @ 302-239-5160, or email shelley.stein@newcastlede.gov

Tween Graphic Novel Book Club, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Nicole for an online meeting to discuss Animal Jack: The Heart of the Forest by Kid Toussaint (Available on Hoopla). We will start off the meeting with a reading of Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. We will discuss the similarities and differences between the graphic novel and the book. Registration Required: http://bit.ly/3ctIwJr 

Feathered Friends Storytime with Miss Lisa, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library 
Location: virtual
Children are invited to learn about birds through stories, songs and themed activities. Includes read-aloud of “Ruby’s Birds” by Mya Thompson. Virtual via Zoom. Registration required: https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/AvonGrove?cid=13405&t=g&d=0000-00-00&cal=13405&inc=0

April 21

Bird House, 12:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Folcroft Public Library
Location: Folcroft Public Library, 1725 Delmar Dr., Folcroft, PA 19032
Make bird houses, talk about different birds. To register, call the library at 610-586-1690.

Evening Storytime, Earth Day Theme, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
Location: Online via Zoom
Families are welcome to join Route 9 Library's Ms. Marissa on a virtual story time adventure with stories, songs, and dance! This week we will have a special Earth Day storytime, featuring the Longwood Community Read, Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Registration is required and will close at the end of the program. A reminder email will be one day before the program begins with the Zoom meeting ID and password. You can register here: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7498697

Bear Library Nonfiction Book Discussion Group Meeting on Zoom, 7:00-9:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Public Library
Location: online via Zoom
We will be reading The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham and discussing the book on April 21, 2021 at Bear Library’s regularly scheduled Nonfiction Book Discussion meeting on Zoom online. Click on the link (or copy and paste in your browser) to register: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7195828

Earth Day is for the Birds, 10:00 am & 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: The Spring Township Library & The West Lawn/Wyomissing Hills Library
L
ocation: Facebook LIVE
In honor of Earth Day we are going to be focusing on birds and using the book Ruby’s Birds.

John Heinz Book Club Discussion Group- The Home Place, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Online
Join the John Heinz Book Club as we discuss J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. Discussion group will be hosted virtually. Contact Kelly Quain at Kelly_Quain@fws.gov for more information or to join the discussion!

Earth Day and Longwood Gardens Community Read Story Time, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Atglen Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Ms. Maureen for a special Earth Day story time that will feature Longwood Garden's 2021 Community Read book, Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson.  Best for ages 3-6 but all ages welcome. Register online: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7602327

Outdoor Storytime: Birds, 10:15 am

Free
Presented by: Boone Area Library
Location: Rustic Park (Pavilion #3), 1314 Haycreek Rd, Birdsboro, PA 19508
Join us for an outdoor storytime all about birds! We will read Ruby’s Birds, listen to a speaker from the Baird Ornithological Club, and practice our bird watching skills. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win passes to Longwood Gardens. This program is designed for children age 2-5, but all are welcome. No registration necessary. If you have any questions, please email sbichild@berks.lib.pa.us 

Earth Day Recycled Bird Feeders, during library hours

Free
Presented by: Mifflin Community Library
Location: Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, PA 19607
Grab-and-Go crafts available at Mifflin Community Library. Must borrow materials related to birds or birding to redeem this activity!

April 22

Book Club, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Sinking Spring Public Library
Location: Sinking Spring Public Library, 3940 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Participants will discuss the book The Home Place. Sponsored by the Friends of the SSPL. Participants must email the library to reserve a spot for attending in person or to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

Ruby's Birds in celebration of Earth Day, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Royersford Free Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
In celebration of Earth day we will be reading Ruby’s Birds and Feathers for Lunch along with some online games and a craft. You can join in on zoom or watch it on Facebook live.To register, visit our website at: http://mnl.mclinc.org/bookmobile-and-branches/royersford/

Birding with Laura, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Springfield Township Library
Location: Springfield Township Library, 70 Powell Road, Springfield, PA 19064
Join Laura Matika, local birding teacher for over 10 years, for an informative, outdoor and socially distant morning of birding! Bring your binoculars this morning and learn the birds by sight and song as we take a walk around the beautiful habitats surrounding the library. Register at www.springfieldtwplibrary.org/events. Registration is limited!

Ruby's Birds, 9:30 am

Free
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History and Wilmington Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join the Delaware Museum of Natural History to get to know the nature around you. You’ll meet some local animal friends and play a game to find something new in your own backyard. To register for Event: Visit the Wilmington Library event calendar on our website.

Birds of a Feather Story Time, 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Perkiomen Valley Library
Location: Online via Zoom
This story time will feature Ruby’s Birds and stories about birds, and include a fun activity! To register for event email perkvallib@gmail.com 

Longwood Gardens Community Read Book Discussion: The Home Place, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Lower Macungie Library
Location: Online via Zoom
In honor of Earth Day join us as we discuss The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Birds are a lifelong passion for Lanham, and in The Home Place, he also examines his personal history and struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work. Participants will receive a free copy of the book. Register on the library’s website by clicking on the online calendar. A Zoom link to the event will be emailed to participants on the day of the event.

Ruby's Birds Story Time, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Read Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson with Miss Taylor! Sing songs and play games about the importance of birds in our daily lives. No registration necessary! Zoom info available on our events calendar: https://www.berkslibraries.org/branch/kutztown/events-calendar 

A Meeting of Migrations6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Did you know that one of the top ten environmental phenomena on the planet takes place in Delaware in just a few weeks? Learn why researchers come from around the globe to study this meeting of two migrating species, and how it impacts us. Participants will have a chance to win free passes to Longwood Gardens. Adults & teens. Registration required. https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/virtuallibraryevents/meetingmigrations

Wine Cork Birdhouses, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location:  Virtual presentation through Zoom.Craft bags can be picked up at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425. Virtual event
Celebrate Earth Day with us as we make a Wine Cork Birdhouse! This program is for adults ages 18 and up. You can register online at https://ccls.libcal.com or call 610-344-4196 to register.

April 23

All About Birds! 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Online via Facebook
Join Miss Sue as she reads Ruby's Birds and learn lots of interesting facts about birds in our neighborhood! No registration required.

Arbor Day / Celebrating Our Trees / Virtual Tour of Longwood Gardens, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Avon Grove Library 
L
ocation: Virtual
Students in grades K to 8 will enjoy a virtual tour of Longwood Gardens. Learn the importance of planting and caring for trees, how trees protect the environment and preserve natural resources. 30-minute Zoom webinar. Registration required: https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/AvonGrove?cid=13405&t=g&d=0000-00-00&cal=13405&inc=0

Story Time with Statues: Ruby’s Birds, 11:00 am

Free with Nemours Estate admission
Presented by: Nemours Estate
Location: Nemours Estate, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
Join us for another story in the Nemours Estate gardens! This session, we will gather by the historic pigeon coops and learn about some of the domestic birds that once lived here. After reading Ruby’s Birds together, each child will receive an activity packet to use in the gardens. This program is socially-distanced and held outdoors, weather permitting. Program is free with admission to Nemours Estate. More information about the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/813683685901587/

April 24

Longwood Community Read Story Time, 10:00-11:30 am and 12:30-2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Awbury Arboretum, in partnership with Let's Go Outdoors
Location: AdventureWoods, in the Secret Garden at Awbury Arboretum.  Please park on Ardleigh St (near 6060 Ardleigh St) and follow signs to the Secret Garden entrance.  
Join us for a read-aloud in AdventureWoods! During AdventureWoods open public hours on 4/24, Let’s Go Outdoors will be reading aloud Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Register in advance to take home your own copy! Two sessions: 10:00 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 2:00 pm. While all are welcome to join us for story time, we encourage you to register ahead of time to receive a free copy of the book that day! Registration is limited to 24 children, one book per family, please. Additional activities will be offered including a short bird hike. Register online: https://awbury.org/event/longwood-community-read-kids/

April 26

Soar with Marple Public Library, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Marple Public Library
Location: Online via Facebook Live @ Marple Public Library Facebook Page
Recommended Ages: 4 -8
Let’s SOAR together! Join Miss Mel for a reading of the Longwood Garden Community Read Book selection Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. In our book, we will meet an absolutely amazing young girl, Ruby, who realizes that birds are amazing too! We will get to explore varieties of birds on each and every page of this glorious story to ‘spark’ our imaginations to soar like a bird. After our reading, Miss Mel will show you how to make your very own birdhouse out of recycled materials. This craft was inspired by the National Audubon Society kid’s page, https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids#week1 , where you can learn so much more about the wonderful world of birds. Through this link you can also enjoy countless free and super fun activities that you can do straight from home.
Stay tuned on our Facebook page immediately following this program for a special video presentation from Miss Sarah and our feathered friends at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. In this video, Miss Sarah will feature chickens, ducks, peafowl, turkeys, geese, and possibly some quail. She will talk about their friendships, seasonal habits, nutritional needs, and unique attributes.
We are also so happy to announce a special raffle opportunity to win a family pass to Longwood Gardens. During the story time reading of Ruby’s Birds, add a comment about what you like about birds, or what your favorite bird is, and you will be automatically be entered into this raffle. Join us right back here for story time tomorrow at 10:30am via Facebook Live @ Marple Public Library Facebook page and we will pick our raffle winners.

The Home Place Virtual Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library 
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Virtual book discussion of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Discussion questions will be available if needed, but free conversation is encouraged. A virtual book discussion of The Home Place will allow patrons and readers to discuss the book in-depth and hear other’s experiences and thoughts on the book.  No sign up necessary. Visit the library for a book and info sheet, then email kutztowndesk@gmail.com or visit our events calendar for the zoom link.

Book Club, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Schuylkill Valley Community Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
We will be discussing the book The Home Place. No registration required. Attend via Zoom: www.berkslibraries.org/branch/schuylkill-valley/svcl-book-club

April 26-29

Ruby's Birds Children's Craft Go Pack, Monday 11-6:30; Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-5

Free
Presented by: Reading Public Library - Southeast Branch
Location: Southeast Branch Library, 1426 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19602
We will be distributing 12 free copies of the book Ruby’s Birds along with a children’s craft Go Pack that includes ingredients for making your own birdseed ornaments. No registration necessary. First come, first served while supplies last.

April 27

Shorebirds and Spartina: Avian Life on the Delmarva Coast, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Cost: $24
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Online
Birds are among the most visible members of our local fauna; no matter what habitats are nearby, there are myriad bird species within easy reach. Among the most exciting habitats we have access to are those along the Delaware Bayshore and the Atlantic Ocean, characterized by plant and animal life rarely experienced further inland. Join Mike Hudson as he delves into the shorebird and waterfowl species that utilize the Atlantic Flyway and the fascinating interrelationships between the native plants that support them. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate class and click “REGISTER HERE”

Natural Lands’ Ruby’s Birds: Kids Read and Explore, 10:00 - 11:00am

Free for adults, $5 per child
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location:  Saunders Woods Preserve, 1020 Waverly Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Kids, bring your favorite adults and discover the wonderful world of birds! Nature never closes and birds abound at our preserves. Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. We’ll explore birds through storytime and light hiking to learn more about our tweeting friends. Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens’ eighth annual Community Read initiative, a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure. This year feature book is Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, where a little girl discovers her spark—birds— in her own neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Capacity is limited for this small-group event, and pre-registration is required (https://natlands.org/event/rubysbirds-saunders-2021-0427/). If you need to cancel, please let us know so another child can attend.

Feather Flashback! 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Wernersville Public Library
Location: Wernersville Public Library, 100 N. Reber Street, Wernersville, PA 19565
Take a look at history through the “eyes” of a feather! In keeping with the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program, Miss Tara will introduce Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, a book about a seven-year-old girl who learns how to slow down and be quiet enough to see and hear the amazing birds that are all around her. Afterwards, attendees will participate in a mix-and-match activity that incorporates 300 years of our past with the use of primary sources, hands on learning, and feathers. End the activity by trying your hand at writing a letter with a quill and ink. *For children ages 6+, teens and adults welcome and encouraged to attend. *Please note that this event is a nature and history program with a focus on the book. Space is limited to 40 people. Masks are required. Please register for this program by stopping in the library, calling (610) 678-8771, or by email: wernersvillepl@berks.lib.pa.us

Backyard Bird Habitats, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Master Gardeners Penn State Extension, Spring Township Library, and West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library
Location: Online via Zoom
This program will discuss the fascinating world of birds, how to build appreciation for native birds and how to draw them into your own garden in practical ways. The Zoom link is available on our website or Facebook events to be used at the time of the event. People may also mark themselves as “Going” on the Facebook event to receive a reminder.

Birds of a Feather, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Kutztown Community Library 
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Read Ruby's Birds, "meet" a variety of birds from our region with taxidermy and images, presented by Delaware Nature Society. Investigate how different characteristics help birds meet their needs and test your observation skills with real time polls and quizzes. View nests and listen to bird calls as you discover fun facts about our local feathered friends and find out what you can do to make your home a happy place for birds, from simple crafts to larger projects with lasting impact. Perfect for families, ages 4+ with an adult.No registration necessary! Zoom info available on our events calendar: https://www.berkslibraries.org/branch/kutztown/events-calendar

April 28

UMFPL Book Discussion, 7:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Moreland Free Public Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join us for a discussion of this year’s Community Read title, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. For more information and to get on our email list to receive the Zoom link, call 215-659-0741, email uppermoreland@mclinc.org, or visit us at 109 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090. https://www.uppermorelandlibrary.org/adults/book-discussion-group/

Birds Toddler Time, 9:30 and 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Altoona Area Public Library and Hollidaysburg Area Public Library
Location: Logan Valley Mall - across from the food court (5580 Goods Lane, Altoona)
Join Miss Kristy and Miss Melanie for a fun-filled, bird-themed story time full of books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities. Our featured book is Ruby’s Birds, this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read selection. Continue the fun at home with a Bird Seed Investigation Grab and Go Bag, which allows you to explore the food preferences of your neighborhood birds. Registration in advance is required and spaces are limited due to social distancing requirements. Masks required for everyone ages 2 and up. Please bring a small blanket to sit on. Call 814-232-7295 to register.

April 29

Book Discussion - Indoor Plant Spciety of the Delaware Valley Chapter of HGA, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indoor Plant Society
Location: Virtual via Zoom
This will be a discussion of the book The Home Place, our experiences in nature and birding and how we feel it helps us in the age of Covid 19. To register, contact Leo Cooper at leoatawbury@hotmail.com

Book Discussion: The Home Place, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Hundred Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
The Home Place introduces readers to the Lanham family, their history of struggles and successes, and the “rare bird” of the family and his relationship with the rich natural world. Call the library at (302) 477-3150 to reserve a copy and arrange for curbside pickup, or borrow an e-book or audio copy at hoopla.com, free with your Delaware Library card. Participants will have a chance to win free passes to Longwood Gardens. This book discussion will take place over Zoom. Adults & teens. Registration required. https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/virtuallibraryevents/homeplace

Birds of a Feather - Virtual Event, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Swarthmore Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
In Ruby’s Birds, Ruby finds happiness with the sights and sounds around her. Join the Delaware Delaware Nature Society to get to know the nature around you! Register online:  https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7659726

Wee Reads Ruby's Birds, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Lansdowne Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Miss Maria on Zoom for a special online storytime designed for ages 3-5. Every week we share stories, songs, and games on Zoom so your children can interact in real time with their learning. Storytimes aren't just entertaining, they're educational and help your child develop a love of reading and provide important early learning skills. This week we are kicking off two months of celebrating local birds by reading Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson in partnership with Longwood Gardens Community Read. Come and join us in part of our larger effort to invite Lansdowne residents to go to local parks, down Lansdowne Ave's businesses to read a story about one of our local birds by a local artist Two Blue Jays, and their very own backyard to pay attention and admire our own local birds just like Ruby. Call the library at 610-623-0239 to receive the meeting details the day before.

May 1-31

Ruby's Birds and Your Birds, Pick-up activities, Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 (while supplies last)

Free
Presented by: Darby Free Library
Location: From 1001 Main St., Darby, PA to your home
Everything you need to discover if you can find any Ruby’s Birds in your yard. Plus make a Bird Feeding Puppet Show, Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder, Mama and Baby Bird Craft and more. Registration is not required.

May 2

Virtual First Sundays for Families: Take Flight! (content will continue to be available after online event)

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art
Location: Online, via Facebook Live and Brandywine’s website (https://www.brandywine.org/conservancy/events/virtual-first-sunday-families-take-flight)
To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, the Brandywine will release a variety of activities and resources that highlight the beautiful diversity of birds and the natural world. Activities will include a doodle session of “ani-mashes” (animals mashups) with illustrator, Gene Barretta, and a presentation by author Libby Piper and illustrator Renée Fox of the poetry and illustrations from their book, Honeysuckle Hugs, followed by child-friendly guided mediation and movement inspired by nature. Instructions to make your own creative hummingbird feeder and bird-inspired art will be released, along with a new English-Spanish guide that highlights some common birds that migrate between Mexico and the Brandywine Valley. No registration required.

Primer domingo virtual para familias: ¡A volar! (el contenido seguirá estando disponible después del evento en línea)

Gratis
Presentado por: Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art
Lugar: En línea, en Facebook Live y en el sitio web de Brandywine (https://www.brandywine.org/conservancy/events/virtual-first-sunday-families-take-flight)
Para celebrar el Día Mundial de las Aves Migratorias, Brandywine ofrecerá una variedad de actividades y recursos que ponen de relieve la bella diversidad de las aves y de la naturaleza. Habrá sesiones de dibujo para que creen sus propios animales combinados con el ilustrador Gene Barretta y una presentación de la autora Libby Piper y la ilustradora Renée Fox de la poesía y las ilustraciones de su libro Honeysuckle Hugs; y después una sesión de meditación y movimiento para niños inspirada por la naturaleza. Habrá instrucciones para crear su propio bebedero para colibríes y arte inspirada en las aves, además de una guía en inglés y en español sobre algunos pájaros comunes que migran entre México y el valle de Brandywine. No es necesario inscribirse.

May 3

Appreciating the New Cumberland Library Gardens plus Gardening for Birds, 6:00-7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Penn-Cumberland Garden Club and New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, PA
Walk the Library grounds as Penn-Cumberland Garden Club members identify the plants and shrubs that are enjoyed by library patrons walking past them. Please bring a chair, as the discussion will continue outside with insights on Gardening for Birds, plus a Book Review of the 2021 Longwood Gardens Community Read selection: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Foundation House. No registration required.

Beaks, Feathers & Talons: Let’s Draw Birds, 4:00-4:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Online via Zoom
All birds are different. Some fly, some swim. Some eat worms, and some eat nectar. Come learn how to draw a bird and learn a little bit about how each bird has different beaks, feathers, and talons that help them survive. This program is presented in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read. Ages 7+. Registration is required: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7507944

Book Date with Helen Kate - Longwood Gardens Community Read, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Helen Kate Furness Free Library
Location: Virtual
Join us as we discuss The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, the Longwood Garden's Community Read choice for 2021. All are welcome! Attendees will be entered to win a voucher good for 4 free admission tickets! Register at https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7561426

Birds of Chester County, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Chester County is home to nearly 180 species of birds. Learn about the common local species that can be found here for several months each year in this photo-illustrated lecture. Key facts, identifying features, and how to differentiate between similar species will be discussed. John Mercer will be the presenter. This event is being held in conjunction with Longwood Gardens' 2021 Community Read. This year's Community Read featured book for adults is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Birds are a lifelong passion for Lanham, and in The Home Place, he also examines his personal history and struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.  Each attendee will automatically be entered into a free raffle drawing to receive a family pass to Longwood Gardens. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required: https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/birds-of-chester-county or by calling 610-933-3013 x132

May 4

Birds & Birding: A Community Read Conversation, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Online via Zoom
Join Community Read authors Drew Lanham (The Home Place) and Mya Thompson (Ruby’s Birds), alongside John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Park Ranger Wingyi Kung, as they discuss their lifelong love of birds and nature. Registration is required: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/events/birds-birding-community-read-conversation

Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Pawpaws and Other Incredible Edibles, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

$35
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Online
One of the themes of J. Drew Lanham's The Home Place is his conservation perspective through his African American heritage. Devon Mihesuah is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. A historian by training, she is the author of numerous award-winning non-fiction and fiction books, including Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness that won Gourmand International’s Best Indigenous Book in the US and the Special Award of the Jury, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, co-edited with Elizabeth Hoover, which won the Austin Award of the Society for Economic Botany and Gourmand’s Best in the World Indigenous Book. She is former Editor of the American Indian Quarterly and the University Nebraska Press book series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” She oversees the American Indian Health and Diet Project at KU and the Facebook page, Indigenous Eating. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate class and click “REGISTER HERE”

May 5

Songful Spring: Mt. Cuba's Bluebirds, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $29
Location: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Presented by: Mt Cuba Center
Eastern Bluebirds are among the most charismatic and beloved of Delaware's songbirds. Ashley shares her research on the role native plants play in supporting the insects that bluebirds need in their diets, illustrated with fascinating photos and videos of them bringing food to their young. She also demonstrates how she installed cameras on Mt. Cuba Center’s bluebird boxes to collect data. Learn what you can do to help conserve these beautiful birds. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate class and click “REGISTER HERE”

Ruby's Birds with Delaware Museum of Natural History, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center 
Location: Zoom - virtual event
Suitable for ages 3 and older. In the children’s book, Ruby’s Birds, by Mya Thompson, Ruby finds happiness and excitement in connecting with the sights and sounds of the world around her. Join the Delaware Museum of Natural History to get to know the nature around you. You will meet some local animal friends and play a game to find something new in your own backyard. Presented by Delaware Museum of Natural History, a partner with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read initiative. Contact Lauren at children@ridleylibrary.org or call 610-583-0593 ex. 330. Sign-up online at www.ridleylibrary.org for Zoom link

Virtual: All About Birds, 3:45

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library Youth Services Department
Location: Virtual
Join the staff of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove as we explore the wonderful world of birds! You will learn about common backyard birds, tricks to identifying birds, interesting adaptations, and meet a live bird up-close! Before long, you’ll be able to spot and identify your neighborhood birds like Ruby in Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, the 2021 Longwood Gardens Community Read Book for kids! For children ages 4 to 9 and their families. Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program begins. Please, be sure to check the email address you entered to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend this virtual program. Register at www.chescolibraries.org – Events Calendar

StoryWalk® at Boyertown Park, 9:00am-6:00pm

Free
Presented by: Boyertown Community Library
Location: Boyertown Community Park, 417 S. Madison St, Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a walk and a story! We will have Longwood Garden’s Community Read book Ruby’s Birds set up on yard signs along the walking trail. Pick up an activity kit at the library, ask at the desk or call 610-369-0496 for curbside pickup. No registration necessary.

May 6

PHS McLean Library Book Group - May, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society / McLean Library
Location: This is a virtual event via Zoom
As part of the PHS McLean Library’s monthly book discussions, we are pleased to be partnering with Longwood Garden in reading the Longwood 2021 Community Read choice and will discuss The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature. Register here by filling out online form: https://phsonline.org/events/phs-mclean-library-book-group-may2021

Berks Nature Presents: Owls & Birds of Prey, 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Wernersville Public Library
Location:  Wernersville Public Library, 100 N. Reber Street, Wernersville, PA 19565
What do owls eat for breakfast? How about dinner? Investigate their diet by dissecting an owl pellet! In keeping with the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program, Miss Tara will introduce Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, a book about a seven-year-old girl who learns how to slow down and be quiet enough to see and hear the amazing birds that are all around her. Berks Nature will then lead a discussion about owls and other birds of prey. Afterwards, attendees will dissect the owl pellets, and they will be able to take the bones home if they want. *For children ages 6+ *Please note that this event is a nature program with a focus on the book. Space is limited to 40 people to allow for proper social distancing. Masks are required. Please register for this program by stopping in the library, calling (610) 678-8771, or by email: wernersvillepl@berks.lib.pa.us.

Outdoor Storytime: Birds! 10:15 am

Free
Presented by: William Jeanes Memorial Library 
Location: William Jeanes Memorial Library Grounds, 4051 Joshua Rd., Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Join Ms. Rachel for an outdoor storytime all about birds, for families with children through age 5 (older siblings welcome). This storytime is being held in conjunction with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read initiative. Bring your own shaker egg (or rattle, or keys, or maraca, or rice in a water bottle, etc.)! Bring your own scarf (or dishrag, or blankey, or tissue, or Tshirt, etc.)! Also bring a large beach towel, picnic blanket, tarp, or sheet. This will serve as a visual, tangible way to help children with physical distancing. You may also bring chairs. The ground may be wet and soft! This program is limited to 7 families/pods, so registration is required. Masks are required for adults and children ages 2 and older, and physical distance must be maintained. Please register via the link: https://jeaneslibrary.org/event/outdoor-storytime-birds/ 

Ruby's Birds Storytime, 10:30 & 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: West Lawn-Wyomissing Hills Library
Location: On Zoom, posted later on YouTube
This special storytime will include a kit for a simple birdfeeder, a scavenger hunt for local birds, and a print out of Ruby’s tips for birding. We will read Ruby’s Birds and listen to local bird songs and calls. The zoom link is available on our website or Facebook events to be used at the time of the event. People may also mark themselves as “Going” on the Facebook event to receive a reminder. 

May 7

Bird Painted Sign Night, 7:00 pm

$10/kit
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library, Sunshine Signs, and Farmhouse Flowers 
Location: Virtual via zoom, purchase kits at the Library (70 Bieber Ally, Kutztown PA, 19530) or Farmhouse Flowers (15085 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown PA, 19530)
Purchase a kit for $10 and then paint a simple bird silhouette painting with Susan from Sunshine Signs. Enjoy conversation while you paint and see everyone’s interpretations of the painting. Kit includes all supplies needed except for paper towels and a paper plate. This simple craft night gives patrons the opportunity to create a permanent piece of art that will remind them of the quiet beauty of birds, as well as discuss birds with members of the community. The painted sign can serve as a reminder of birds every time they look at it.  Sign up with your name and email when purchasing the kit. Online payment and local delivery available.

May 8

Science Saturday – Seeds the Day, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Free with admission and for Hagley members
Presented by: Hagley Museum and Library
Location: Hagley Power Plant  - 200 Hagley Creek Rd Wilmington, DE 19807
Learn how plants grow from seeds and how birds help them travel. Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials. We will explore birding and the role that birds play in our local ecosystems, including seed distribution. Delaware Museum of Natural History will join us for this event as well by bringing their own bird or seed-themed activity. This is a drop-in event, no registration necessary.

Virtual Community Read Aloud, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Facebook
Join us for community reading of Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson featuring some familiar faces from the neighborhood. After the story, join us for a song and a craft-a-along. No registration required.

May 11

Artists on Storytelling: A Community Read Conversation, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Longwood Gardens
Location: Online via Zoom
Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place, and Master Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, creator of Voices in the Landscape, come together for this special event to discuss their varying styles of storytelling and share the stories that resonate with them the most. Registration is required: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/events/artists-storytelling-community-read-conversation

Spruce Avenue Bookies: Longwood Community Read Book Discussion  -- The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

Free
Presented by: Elsmere Library
Location: Elsmere Library Zoom (program link is included in registration process)
Join our monthly book group discussion for May, where we talk about The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Please register here: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/6968928 (Then click BEGIN REGISTRATION). If you need assistance, please call the library at (302) 892-2210 and we will register you. 

The Successful Purple Martin Landlord - Beyond the Basics, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library 
Location: Virtual
One of America’s most well-loved songbirds, Purple Martins, are native songbirds in the swallow family and, east of the Rocky Mountains, nest almost exclusively in human supplied housing. They are dependent on humans for their survival! Last month, we presented a program on the basics of becoming a Purple Martin landlord. Are you already a Purple Martin Landlord? Want to go beyond the basics? Need more detailed information and tips? Need answers to your Purple Martin landlord dilemmas? Although the numbers of Purple Martins have decreased significantly in Pennsylvania, successful “landlords” are the key to restoring their population. Join members of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, Chester County Parks and Preservation, The Friends of Sprinton Manor Farm and the PA Game Commission along with the Chester County Library to learn how you can make a difference in the Purple Martin population here in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Purple Martins nesting habits; egg laying, nestlings and fledglings. Learn how to do nest checks and become versed in emergency feeding, and understand the responsibilities of controlling predators and competition from non-native species. Participants will be eligible for a free drawing for a one-day family pass for 4 to Longwood Gardens. Register here:  https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7584092

Birds of a Feather, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Ashland Nature Center (Delaware Nature Society) and William Jeanes Memorial Library
Location: Virtual event via Zoom
In collaboration with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read initiative, we invite children ages 4 and up with their caregiver to join us for a virtual program from the Delaware Nature Society. Birds of a Feather will begin with reading of Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson followed by the chance to “meet” a variety of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl from our region with incredible images and terrific taxidermy. We’ll investigate how different characteristics help birds meet their needs, and we’ll test your observation skills with real-time quizzes and polls. You’ll view nests and listen to bird calls as you discover fun facts about our local feathered friends and find out what you can do to make your home a happy place for birds. Five lucky families in attendance will win free passes for 4 to Longwood Gardens, good through September 30, 2021. Sponsored by the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library. Register online:  https://jeaneslibrary.org/event/birds-of-a-feather/

May 12

StoryWalk® at Boyertown Park, 9:00am-6:00pm

Free
Presented by: Boyertown Community Library
Location: Boyertown Community Park, 417 S. Madison St, Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a walk and a story! We will have Longwood Garden’s Community Read book Ruby’s Birds set up on yard signs along the walking trail. Pick up an activity kit at the library, ask at the desk or call 610-369-0496 for curbside pickup. No registration necessary.

May 13

Meet Falconry Girl and her Raptors (for Adults), 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Fleetwood Area Public Library 
Location: Keystone Villa, 501 Hoch Road, Blandon, PA 19510
Margaret Young “Falconry Girl” will educate attendees about falconry and what it is not. She will discuss the natural history and conservation of raptors and the differences between hawks, falcons, and owls, and pass around the preserved specimens/feathers to see the difference. Two live hawks will be brought out and she will discuss each species. Falconry is not a popular sport, especially for a girl. Margaret’s passion for falconry will speak to the “rare bird” concept in The Home Place.  No registration is necessary.

May 17

Virtual Book Discussion of The Home Place: memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature, by J. Drew Lanham, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
Location: Virtual event presented via Zoom
The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is pleased to host a virtual discussion of The Home Place, by J. Drew Lanham. Please join us! Register to receive the zoom link: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7469792

May 18

Hawk Mountain: We Bring the Mountain to You!, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Exeter Community Library in partnership with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for a virtual program where we transport you to the world's first refuge for birds of prey! The presentation will include natural history, raptor identification, migration information, and more. Meet one of our Hawk Mountain Sanctuary educators and get a chance to see one of our live education raptors up-close and personal through your computer screen! Participants will be eligible for two free drawings. One for a one day family pass for 4 to Longwood Gardens. Another for 4 passes to visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Email to sxtchild@berks.lib.pa.us to register for program by Saturday, May 15, 2021.

May 19

The Home Place Book Discussion, 3:00-4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Jenkintown Library
Location: online via Zoom
Book discussion of The Home Place. Go to Jenkintownlibrary.org for registration info.

StoryWalk® at Boyertown Park, 9:00am-6:00pm

Free
Presented by: Boyertown Community Library
Location: Boyertown Community Park, 417 S. Madison St, Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a walk and a story! We will have Longwood Garden’s Community Read book Ruby’s Birds set up on yard signs along the walking trail. Pick up an activity kit at the library, ask at the desk or call 610-369-0496 for curbside pickup. No registration necessary.

May 22

Natural Lands’ Ruby’s Birds: Kids Read and Explore, 10:00 - 11:00am

Free for adults, $5 per child
Presented by: Natural Lands
Location: Hildacy Preserve, 1031 Palmers Mill Road, Media, PA 19063
Kids, bring your favorite adults and discover the wonderful world of birds! Nature never closes and birds abound at our preserves. Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. We’ll explore birds through storytime and light hiking to learn more about our tweeting friends. Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens’ eighth annual Community Read initiative, a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure. This year feature book is Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, where a little girl discovers her spark—birds— in her own neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Capacity is limited for this small-group event, and pre-registration is required (https://natlands.org/event/rubysbirds-hildacy-2021-0522/). If you need to cancel, please let us know so another child can attend.

May 25

The Home Place Book Chat, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library 
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us for a Book Chat to discuss The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Call the library to register 610-273-3303.

May 26

StoryWalk® at Boyertown Park, 9:00am-6:00pm

Free
Presented by: Boyertown Community Library
Location: Boyertown Community Park, 417 S. Madison St, Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a walk and a story! We will have Longwood Garden’s Community Read book Ruby’s Birds set up on yard signs along the walking trail. Pick up an activity kit at the library, ask at the desk or call 610-369-0496 for curbside pickup. No registration necessary.

May 27

Adult Book Club - The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Atglen Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
May's book club discussion will be on The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Please register online: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7601247

The Home Place Book Chat, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library 
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Join us for a Book Chat to discuss The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Call the library to register 610-273-3303.

June 3

Pharoah's Flowers, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Ridley Township Public Library & Resource Center
Location: Online via Zoom
When we think of King Tut’s tomb, evocative images come to mind of gold, jewels and of stunning artifacts from Egypt’s distant past. Many people are not aware of the abundant flowers and other plant remains that were included in his tomb for his journey into the next world. This lecture will explore the botanical remains it held, literally the “Pharaoh’s Flowers.” We will see that like ourselves, the ancient Egyptians cherished the beauty of flowers and plants in this life, as well as in their afterlife. It’s also possible that the flowers and plants in his tomb could be clues in solving the puzzle of what caused the mysterious death of Tutankhamun. Participants will be eligible for a free drawing for a one-day pass for 4 to Longwood Gardens. This Event will be held on Zoom. Register here: https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7476776 or by emailing reference@ridleylibrary.org, and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

Books & Beaks, 10:30-11:00 am

Free with general admission ($15 for adults, $8 kids 6-17, free for children under 6)
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Through the month of June, we will be hosting special sessions of Story Time Sprouts! Join us for bird-themed stories, including Ruby’s Birds, this year’s choice for Longwood Garden’s Community Read. After the read aloud, take part in a hands-on activity to explore the different types of bird beaks, learn how beak structure relates to their function, and have your own “spark moment,” just like Ruby! These events are weather permitting and free with general admission. Registration is not required.

June 6

Longwood Community Read Book Group, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Awbury Arboretum
Location:  The Cope House tent pavilion (1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA) 
Join us in reading The Home Place by Drew Lanham for a book discussion, led by Sheryl Wright. Registration is limited to 22 participants and includes a free copy of the book! We’ll be in contact about times you can pick up your book at the Cope House, in advance of the book discussion. About the book: Birds are a lifelong passion for Drew Lanham, and in his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, he examines his personal history and struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work. About Sheryl: Growing up on a tree-lined street in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Sheryl Wright discovered her affinity for trees at a young age. For as far back as she can recall, Sheryl has been very grateful for the presence of trees, on her street growing up, and elsewhere. As a child, Sheryl wished to see the redwood trees in northern California—a wish that she later fulfilled as an adult. After graduating from college, Sheryl lived in New York City for 23-years. She is grateful to have had the good fortune to reside on tree-lined streets in Brooklyn for much of that time. Having returned to Philadelphia to live, Sheryl’s reverence for trees led her to become involved at Awbury, where she currently serves as a board member. She is facilitating the Community Read book discussion of The Home Place because “it is important to honor the experiences and amplify the stories of Black people in the natural world.” Register online: https://awbury.org/event/book-group-2021/

June 28

Meet Falconry Girl and her Raptors (for kids), 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Fleetwood Area Public Library 
Location: Locust Street Playground, 600 E. Locust Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522
Margaret Young “Falconry Girl” will educate attendees about falconry and what it is not. She will discuss the natural history and conservation of raptors and the differences between hawks, falcons, and owls, and pass around the preserved specimens/feathers to see the difference. Two live hawks will be brought out and she will discuss each species. Falconry is not a popular sport, especially for a girl. She will also share her “spark moment” when she fell in love with birding much like Ruby in Ruby’s Birds.  No registration is necessary.

July 20

All About Birds & John James Audubon, 6:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library 
Location: Virtual presentation through Zoom
Join the staff of the John James Audubon Center as we explore the wonderful world of birds! You will learn about common backyard birds, tricks to identifying, interesting adaptations, and meet a live bird up close! Also, take a step back in time and get a chance to see Audubon's original prints and how he was one of the first artists to document the birds of North America. You can register online at https://ccls.libcal.com or call 610-344-4196 to register.

July 24

Shorebirds and Spartina: Avian Life on the Delmarva Coast, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost: $24
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Online
Birds are among the most visible members of our local fauna; no matter what habitats are nearby, there are myriad bird species within easy reach. Among the most exciting habitats we have access to are those along the Delaware Bayshore and the Atlantic Ocean, characterized by plant and animal life rarely experienced further inland. Join Mike Hudson as he delves into the shorebird and waterfowl species that utilize the Atlantic Flyway and the fascinating interrelationships between the native plants that support them. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate  class and click “REGISTER HERE”

August 4 (rain date August 11)

Hummingbirds: Dynamic Aviators, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Fee: $39
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are amazing creatures, traveling more than 3000 miles from their spring breeding grounds in eastern North America to wintering sites in Central America. Learn about their life cycle, migration patterns, and the plants that attract and sustain them. Then stroll through the garden to see potential food sources, nest materials, and former nesting spots for these dynamic aviators. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate class and click “REGISTER HERE”

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