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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!

From Now Until Supplies Run Out

Plant Your Own Magic Beans, library hours

Free
Presented by: Honey Brook Community Library 
Location: Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Stop in for your free Scarlet Running “Jack’s Magic Beans”.  See our Longwood Gardens Community Read display and take home 2 beans to plant your own beanstalk.  You will need a stake to tie the plant as it grows toward the Giant’s castle in the sky.  The beans are edible and directions are included in each bag.

February 1 through March 28

Winter Reading Challenge, every day

Free
Presented by: Upper Dublin Public Library
Location: Wherever you like to read
New year, new you! From February 1 through March 28, challenge yourself to read 20 minutes every day. Earn virtual badges by logging reading hours and completing birding activities which coordinate with the annual Longwood Gardens Community Read. For every virtual badge you unlock, you will earn a raffle ticket for prize drawings. Click on the event link and follow the instructions to register. 

February 1 through April 1

Longwood Gardens-Inspired Teen Art Contest in Delaware County Libraries, Ongoing

Free
Presented by: Delaware County Libraries
Location: Libraries across Delaware County and online 
Teens in grades 6th-12th are invited to check out Ruby’s Birds and The Home Place to get inspired to create art. Teens can submit their original Bird artwork to any local library or online. Each local library will post the artwork for voting and choose a winner. The local library winners will be displayed in Rose Tree Park Storywalk and on our website for voting for a County-wide winner. To find out more information about the event, please visit www.delcolibraries.org/Teen-Art-Contest for all rules and an on-line submission form.

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.

March 1-29

Longwood Gardens Community Read Inspired Adult Art Contest

Free
Presented by: Reading Public Library - Southeast Branch
Location: Southeast Branch Library, 1426 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19602
Presented by: Reading Public Library - Northeast Branch
Location: Northeast Branch Library, 1348 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604
Presented by: Reading Public Library - Northwest Branch
Location: Northwest Branch Library, 901 Schuylkill Ave., Reading, PA 19601
You are invited to check out this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read for adults, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Copies are available at the circulation desk of each of the Reading Public Library branches- Northeast Branch, Northwest Branch and Southeast Branch. Then, get inspired to create art and re-discover nature! Pick up a bird-themed coloring sheet or submit your own original bird artwork to any of our 3 RPL branches beginning Monday, March 1. Your artwork will count as a chance to win one of two raffle prizes-a window bird feeder or bird themed coloring book. Last chance to turn in artwork will be Monday, March 29. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 31. No registration necessary. Submit your artwork by March 29 at any Reading Public Library Branch.

March 1-31

Ruby's Birds and a Basket of Fun, 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
Ruby’s Birds and a Basket of Fun, at the Darby Free Library. You will receive everything you need to make an Egg Bird Feeder, Make a Baby Bird Picture, and more! Registration is not required.

North Wales Area Library Story Walk, 24/7

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: North Wales Area Library, 233 South Swartley Street, North Wales, PA 19454
The children’s selection, Ruby’s Birds has been made into a Story Walk that will be featured for the month of March outside on the Library property. Stop in and visit anytime. This is a great event to social distance but enjoy reading the story Ruby’s Birds.

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 5 - 8

Book Cover Puzzle: Ruby's Birds

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Facebook
Challenge yourself, your family, and friends to our book cover puzzle. The link will be posted on Facebook at 7 PM on Friday but you can participate anytime over the weekend. Don’t forget: the number of puzzle pieces can be changed to adapt the difficulty level to your needs. No registration required. 

March 8

Monday Morning Book Group, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Join us for a discussion of this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read selection, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. To register, email Margie at mstern@ivpl.org.

Gardens of Cornwall and Devon, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
This year, Longwood Gardens invites people to explore where a fascination with plants, gardens, and nature might start for someone. So let’s take an armchair tour and be inspired by twelve historically and horticulturally important gardens of Cornwall and Devon, from the tropical Abbey Gardens of Tresco to the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan and the futuristic biomes of the Eden Project. Visit to register: https://ivpl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/gardens-of-cornwall-and-devon/ 

March 10

Secrets of Attracting Birds to Your Backyard, 7:00-8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Valley Forge Audubon Society, Backyards for Nature and Chester County Library
Location: Virtual
Join Barb Elliot and Edie Parnum, Co-Directors of Backyards for Nature, a program of the Valley Forge Audubon Society, inspiring and teaching people to create healthy habitats in their yards by planting native plants and providing the essentials for wildlife to thrive. Discover the essential ingredients of a yard that attracts and helps birds throughout the seasons. Emphasis will be placed on choosing and growing locally native plants that meet the habitat needs of both resident and migrating birds. Tips will be provided for observing and enjoying the birds that visit your property and helping to keep them safe. This program is part of the Longwood Gardens 8th Annual Community Read Program designed to encourage reading and start a conversation. In 2021 discover how one finds a passion for nature and explore what can become of that spark. Participants will be eligible for a free drawing for a one-day family pass for 4 to Longwood Gardens. 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 starts. Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program. Click here to register: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7510529 

Bird Songs, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Master Gardener Betsy Nutt and Royersford Free Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Penn State Master Gardener Betsy Nutt explains the history, biology, and necessary habitat for protecting and monitoring the bluebird. Also learn about nesting boxes and the importance of native plants. To register, visit our website at: http://mnl.mclinc.org/bookmobile-and-branches/royersford/

March 12

Ruby's Birds Story Time and Nature Class, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Upper Providence Township Parks and Recreation at the UPT Community Center
Location: Upper Providence Township Community Center, 499 Hopwood  Road, Collegeville, PA 19426
Come for a bird themed story time and nature class featuring Ruby’s Birds! Please register online https://uptrc.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30177. We are limiting the program to 20 people. Another Story Time and Nature Class may be held in the future.

March 12 - 15

Family Trivia Night: Birds

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Facebook 
How much do you know about birds? Challenge yourself, your family and friends to our Kahoot! trivia game. The link will be posted on Facebook at 7 PM on Friday but you can participate anytime over the weekend. No registration required.

March 13

Birds of a Feather, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Oxford Library Company
Location: Online via Zoom
We're talking about birds in part of Longwood Garden's Community Read! Pick up a free kit at Oxford Library, then join Miss Sarah on Zoom as we read Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson, make crafts, and study differences in all types of birds in a fun and interactive way! Kits can be picked up starting March 5th. For grades K - 5. Registration required. Please register through our calendar of events at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/oxford

March 14

The Language of Birds, 1:00  - 3:00 pm

Cost: $29
Presented by: Mt. Cuba Center
Location: Online
Calling all birders! When a bird sings, it's telling you what it is and where it is. Increase your chances of successfully sighting and identifying songbirds "by ear” this spring using Holly’s intriguing strategies. Learn how, why, and when birds sing, and come away with foundational skills for understanding and using bird language on your next birdwatching expedition. Visit mtcubacenter.org/programs/ to locate class and click “REGISTER HERE”

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 16

North Wales Area Library Book Club, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: Zoom and/or 233 South Swartley Street, North Wales, PA 19454
The Library evening book club will discuss The Home Place. Readers are asked to read the book prior to attending the discussion. Please email librarian@northwaleslibrary.org to register.

Book Club - March, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Community Library
Location: online via Brandywine Community Library Zoom
Join us for a discussion on The Home Place. Our group shares their thoughts on the book and we relate it to our lives and experiences. To register email brandywinecl@berks.lib.pa.us to sign up and get the Zoom link. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/808605513054664 for more information.

John James Audubon Center Presentation, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Zoom
Join us as Carrie Barron, Center Manager, explores the new museum dedicated to birds and the art of John James Audubon. She will focus on the birds you see in your own backyard. We will also meet one of their non-releasable owls that are native to Pennsylvania. Registration required: https://ivpl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/john-james-audubon-center-presentation/

March 17

Adult Book Discussion: The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham, 5:30 pm

Free
Presented by: New Castle Public Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join us for a spirited book discussion via Zoom, where we'll be sharing our thoughts on The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham, which was selected as this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina -- a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else" -- has been home to generations of Lanhams. Given their family name by slaveholders, and often buffeted by the winds of history, the Lanhams have created a personal legacy of grit and affection even in the midst of hard times. In The Home Place, readers meet a number of these determined people, including the young Drew, who recalls falling in love with the rich natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity" -- to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging. This is at once a deeply moving memoir and a riveting exploration of the contraditions of black identity in the rural South -- and in America today. Copies of The Home Place are available through the Delaware Library Catalog. As this is a virtual event, registration is required. Attendees will receive the information for the Zoom room upon registration, with a follow-up reminder e-mail the afternoon of the event. All are welcome to this stimulating conversation. Those who wish to simply discuss books and share what they've been reading lately are also invited. To register for this event, simply visit https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7573847

March 18

Birding Bonanza, 6:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Merion Township Library
Location: Virtual
The Upper Merion Township Library invites you to Birding Bonanza for children in 1st – 4th grades. We will kick off the event by reading aloud Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. We’ll also be playing some interactive games and meeting birder, Brian Quindlen who will share some tips for birding in your own backyard! Register through the library’s event calendar and receive a Zoom link.

Origami Birds, 4:00-4:45 pm

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Traditional origami is the ancient craft of folding paper and creating paper structures without glue, tape or anything else to hold them together. One of the most well-known designs is the paper crane. Join us and learn how to fold a crane, crow, and other birds. Supplies: Make sure you have at least five 6”x6”paper squares and a popsicle stick ready. This program is presented in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read. Ages 8+. Registration Required: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7506675

Kids' Academy Online: Bird Houses, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom link shared upon registration
Celebrate this year’s Longwood Community Read by learning about local birds and creating your own birdhouse. This program features educational activities for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional school settings. Ages 6-11. Register at https://www.cecilcountylibrary.org/events/kids-academy-online-bird-houses. Participants must select a branch to pick up materials in advance of the program. This program takes place on Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

March 19

Make Your Own Binoculars!, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Bala Cynwyd Library
Location: Online via Facebook
Join Miss Alex as she reads Ruby's Birds and learn how to make your own bird-watching binoculars! No registration required.

March 20

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together!! 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Amelia Givin Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join your flock via zoom to listen to the Longwood Gardens Community Read book, Ruby’s Birds, and learn all about birds in our community! We will learn about different types of birds, how to tell them apart and the part they play within our community. Visit our website for registration: ameliagivinlibrary.org

Birds of a Feather, 1:00 pm

Free
Presented by: West Chester Public Library 
Location: Virtual
Join the Delaware Nature Society for a reading of Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson. Then virtually meet a variety of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl from our region with incredible images and terrific taxidermy.We’ll also investigate how different characteristics help birds meet their needs and test your observation skills with real-time quizzes and polls. 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. For ages 4+. Required Registration for children ages 4+ begins on Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ 10:00am. Visit this link to register: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7583173. A zoom link will be emailed to registrants the morning of the program!

Ruby's Birds with Delaware Museum of Natural History, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Radnor Memorial Library
Location: Online via Zoom
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’ll meet some local animal friends and play a game to find something new in your own backyard. In partnership with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read, participants will be able to enter a raffle to win 4 free tickets to Longwood! Register online: https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7567591   

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

Fredricksen Reads: The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by:  Fredricksen Library
Location: via Zoom—registration required for Zoom info
Join us for this month's discussion of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. Read this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Reads book choice to “follow the author's journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.” You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Ages 18 and older, please. Registration begins February 1 and is required for Zoom link. Register at https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE_reads_0321a after February 1.

The Home Place Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Phoenixville Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
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. 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. Join us for this virtual discussion of a book author Helen MacDonald has called "a ground-breaking work about race and the American landscape." Physical copies of the book may be reserved at https://catalog.ccls.org. eBook and eAudiobook copies are available at https://chester.overdrive.com. Attendees to the discussion will be automatically entered into a raffle drawing to receive a family pass to Longwood Gardens. Register at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/home-place or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Virtual Pajama Story Time, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Elsmere and New Castle Public Libraries
Location: Virtual on Facebook Live
Join Sara from the New Castle Public Library and Scott from the Elsmere Library for a virtual story time on Facebook Live. Hear Ruby’s Birds and related stories! No registration required.

March 23

Tuesday Tales, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Facebook
Are you ready for a Longwood Gardens Community Read-themed Tuesday Tales? Join us on Facebook for a stories, songs, and silliness. This program is designed for preschoolers but everyone is welcome. No registration required.

March 24

North Wales Area Library Book Club, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: North Wales Area Library
Location: Zoom and/or 233 South Swartley Street, North Wales, PA 19454
The Library daytime book club will discuss The Home Place. Readers are asked to read the book prior to attending the discussion. Please email librarian@northwaleslibrary.org to register.

Hawk Mountain, Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join Hawk Mountain for a virtual presentation where we bring the Mountain to YOU! A Hawk Mountain Sanctuary educator will discuss HMS history, raptor identification and migration information. Compare the characteristics of daytime and nighttime raptors; discover the specific adaptations that make them successful. Meet a live education raptor up-close and personal! 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 starts. Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program. Register online here: Virtual: Hawk Mountain- Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night - LibCal - Chester County Library System

Newtown Public Library Book Club Discussion of The Home Place, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Newtown Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Join us online for this special virtual edition of the Newtown Public Library Book Club's monthly discussion featuring The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, the Longwood Gardens Community Read 2021 selection. Please register to receive the virtual meeting invitation: https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7374579

Birds of a Feather, 10:30-11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Bear Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Hear the story of Ruby’s Birds, then “meet” a variety of songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl from our region with incredible images and terrific taxidermy. Investigate how different characteristics help birds meet their needs and test your observation skills with real-time quizzes and polls. 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. This program is presented by the Delaware Nature Society in collaboration with the Longwood Community Read. Ages 4+. Registration is required: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7506593

Bird Storytime, 8:30 am

Free
Presented by: Sinking Spring Public Library 
Location: Virtual
Our Children’s Librarian will read Ruby’s Birds, talk about bird anatomy and eating habits, and encourage attendants to go on a bird watching walk. No registration is necessary – visit our Facebook Page to view the pre-recorded storytime.

STEM Storytime - Ruby's Birds, 5:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library
Location: Zoom event
Join us for a special virtual event to celebrate this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read: Ruby’s Birds! We will read the Book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson and do activities related to the book. Sign up online to reserve your space! Best for children 3 to 5 years old, but all are welcome! Register online starting March 15: https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE_ruby_0321

Delaware Museum of Natural History presents Ruby's Birds, 4:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Newtown Public Library
Location: Virtual via Zoom
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’ll meet some local animal friends and play a game to find something new in your own backyard. Please visit https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/7579882, or call 610-353-1022 x101 to register.

March 25

Wild Card Thursday- Chef Zak Makes Snacks: Nature Themed, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library
Location: Zoom
Wild Card Thursdays are unique, fun, interactive 20-30 minute programs every week on Zoom. Welcome back special guest Chef Zak for our interactive cooking show for kids. He'll show you how to make some delicious NATURE- THEMED food that is fun to make and fun to eat!  These programs are intended for preschoolers but all are welcome. Please help us spread the word! Registration required: http://bit.ly/WildCardThursdays 

Backyard Bird Habitats Webinar, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Kutztown Community Library and Penn State Master Gardeners - Berks County Extension
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Learn how to maximize the amount of birds in your own backyard with plants and landscaping. Presented by Mary Ellen Mahan, Master Gardener. This webinar with the Master Gardeners will teach participants how to make their own backyards more safe and welcoming to birds. This knowledge will help them see and learn about local birds. Having more birds right in our backyards will help us all find that bird-watching spark. Sign up at the library, email kutztowndesk@gmail.com, or fill out the online registration form here: https://forms.gle/HbsUhFRXEHkNcz8P7

March 27

Birds Songs, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Norristown Farm Park and Royersford Free Public Library
Location: Online via Zoom
Did you know every bird has a different song? Join Rebecca the educator from Norristown Farm Park to explore bird calls. Learn how birds can sing and to describe their song in words. Then explore some of the common and easily identified bird calls. To register, visit our website at: http://mnl.mclinc.org/bookmobile-and-branches/royersford/

Ruby's Birds - A live, outdoor event to launch our new Story Path, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Quarryville Library
Location: Library patio garden, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, PA 17566
Appropriate for young children age 2.5 – 7 with caregivers. We appreciate your advance registration, so that we can prepare sufficient crafts for all children who would like one! Thank you for wearing face coverings (3+) during the story and at the craft tables. Families who are exploring the Story Path are asked to maintain 6 feet distance from others outside of their household. Our library will offer a Story Path set outside of the building for families to read at their convenience! The first story installation will be a collaboration with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read program. They have generously provided the materials to build our first outdoor exhibit using the children’s picture book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Today’s live program will include a read-aloud of Ruby’s Birds by Ms. Sharon. We will offer some preschool-level crafts relating to the story, and tips on how to maximize your enjoyment of the Story Path. We’ve developed a brochure for families to read the book using intentional early literacy strategies. The brochure also asks you to provide feedback to us about your Story Path visit. Turn in your brochure at our service desk to qualify your family group for a chance to win a pass to visit Longwood Gardens! You may visit the Story Path more than once, and we’ll count each unique visit (different days) as a chance (up to 3 chances per family group) to win a pass. Repeated readings build fluency, and will make your child a ‘winner’ regardless of the luck of the draw! The first drawing will be held on the last day of March, the second on the final day of April, and the third at the end of May, 2021. One prize per family, entries are valid for all drawings. Rain date for the live event is April 10, 2021. Ruby’s Birds will be installed for approximately two months, after which we look forward to another great picture book to offer. Thanks to Longwood Gardens for providing the materials and prizes for this program; and to the Solanco Family Life Network for the upcycled signs! Register on our event calendar (please create a free account to register, call 717-786-1336, or ask in person at our Service Desk for assistance). 

Week of March 29 (while supplies last)

Teen & Tween DIY Forest Friends Keychains

Free
Presented by: Belmont Hills Library
Location:  Belmont Hills Library, 120 Marywatersford Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (for craft kit pickup)
For Ages 12 to 18. Cut and sew your own adorable felt forest critter for yourself or a friend, with links to tutorials demonstrating the skills you’ll need. Register to receive a take-home project bag. Complete the form here: https://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=LMLS&curID=489744

March 29 - April 10

Activity to Go Kit - Bird Nests, kits available during library hours

Free
Presented by: Cecil County Public Library 
Location: Kits are available during library hours at the Elkton (301 Newark Ave, Elkton, MD 21921), Perryville (500 Coudon Blvd. Perryville, Maryland 21903), Rising Sun (111 Colonial Way Rising Sun, MD 21911), Chesapeake City(2527 Augustine Herman Highway Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915), and Cecilton (215 East Main Street Cecilton, Maryland 21913) Libraries.
Cecil County Public Library’s Activity to Go Kits include all of the materials and instructions to complete a learning project at home. Learn about local birds and design and build a bird nest with the Bird Nest Kit, available while supplies last at all CCPL locations from 3/29/21-4/10/21. This kit is designed for children ages 6-11. No registration required. Kits are available while supplies last. Please call the branch to inquire about availability.

March 30

Community Read - Ruby's Birds, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Montgomery-Norristown Public Library
Location: Virtual
Pick up an activity packet and join Ms. Becky in a live reading of the book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NPL.youth.services), followed by some fun bird facts and a demonstration of the activities from the packet. Intended for ages 4-8. This event is in conjunction with the Longwood Gardens Community Read initiative. Call 610-278-5100 x205 to pick up your activity packet.

March 31

For the Love of Bluebirds, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Chester County Library 
Location: Virtual using Zoom
Do you love seeing those beautiful Bluebirds in your yard? Want to know more about them and how to attract them? Join Marilyn Michalski and Nancy Fraim, two Board Members of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania (www.thebsp.org) and discover the answers to all your Bluebird questions. Learn how to identify the Eastern Bluebird. Get to know the courtship and nesting habits. Learn about nesting boxes and how to care for them. Discover the secrets of attracting Eastern Bluebirds to your yard.
Robin Spurlino from the Friends of Springton Manor Farm, a Chester County Park located in Glenmoore, PA will join us with an update on the Bluebird Trail at the park, and where and when to see Bluebirds.
This program is part of the Longwood Gardens 8th Annual Community Read Program designed to encourage reading and start a conversation. In 2021 discover how one finds a passion for nature and explore what can become of that spark. Participants will be eligible for a free drawing for a one-day family pass for 4 to Longwood Gardens.
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 starts. Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program. Use this link to register: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7546041

Birds of a Feather - Virtual Activity, 11:00 am

Free
Presented by: Lansdale Public Library 
Location: Zoom meeting
This program is appropriate for ages 4 and up with an adult. Reading of Ruby's Birds followed by a presentation, interactive activities, and games. Investigate how different characteristics help birds meet their needs and test your observation skills with real-time quizzes and polls. 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. Presented as part of the Longwood Gardens 2021 Community Read. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birds-of-a-feather-virtual-activity-tickets-144066407503

April 1

Thursday Evening Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Indian Valley Public Library 
Location: Online via Zoom
Join us for our friendly, informal book discussion of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, which is this year's Longwood Gardens Community Read 2021 adult selection. To register, email DeAnne at dobrien@ivpl.org.

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 3

Ruby's Birds and Birdwatching in the Wissahickon, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Let's Go Outdoors and Friends of the Wissahickon
Location: Meet at Houston Playground, 900 Grakyn Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Let’s Go Outdoors has teamed up with Friends of the Wissahickon to offer a fun, outdoor event for birding beginners of all ages! We will start the event by reading Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson to learn how another beginner was able to pursue her love of birding. Then, we will take a walk through Houston Meadow (located in the Wissahickon Valley Park) where one of our educators will guide you through a birding hike. With the help of binoculars and local birding guides, families will have the opportunity to work together to identify birds for your own copy of Ruby’s Birds. This event is free and for all ages. Masks and social distancing required. Follow link to our website to register: http://www.letsgooutdoors.net/lgo-longwood-community-reads.html. Registration is required!

Virtual Nature Tots- Ruby’s Birds, 10:00 am

Free
Presented by: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge 
Location: Online via Facebook Live
Tune in to this Facebook Live event, presented specially for our younger naturalists! A refuge ranger will read Mya Thompson’s Ruby’s Birds and share an activity for families to complete at home! Registration is not required.

April 5-10

Take & Make Activity Kit: Backyard Birds!

Free
Presented by: New Cumberland Public Library
Location: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland PA 17070
Children ages 3-7 can stop in the children’s room and pick up a kit with crafts and activities all about backyard birds! We’ll include a link to an online read aloud of Ruby’s Birds, this year’s Longwood Garden Community Read Title. Like Ruby, we’ll discover the birds in our own neighborhoods that enliven our world and get excited about nature! Each kit will include the materials and instructions you need for several crafts and activities related to the theme, as well as items chosen specifically to help children develop age appropriate literacy skills such as letter sounds, number recognition, fine motor skills, and more. While supplies last; no registration necessary.

April 7

Bedtime Stories with Miss Yvonne - Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Brandywine Community Library Youth Services
Location: Brandywine Community Library’s Youth Service’s page for a Facebook Live event
Miss Yvonne is going to introduce us to Ruby and read Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson. Meet Ruby, a plucky young girl who uncovers the wild side of her city neighborhood with the help of a grown-up friend. When Ruby realizes there are amazing birds right in her neighborhood, her imagination takes flight. Birders have a name for the moment they get hooked―they call it their spark moment. This is the story of Ruby’s spark moment, in her very own words. Extra Fun-- Please Join us on April 8th at 1 PM on the Brandywine Youth Services Page for a craft inspired by Ruby's Birds! No registration required—just join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/1401882353492014

Longwood Community Read Book Discussion, 1:00 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-0. This program takes place on Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

April 9

Natural Lands’ Outdoors Online – Ruby’s Birds, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Free for Natural Lands member, $5 non-member, free for children
Presented by: Natural Lands
Kids, learn all about birds! From beaks to feet and feathers to bones, birds are built to soar. We will explore the birds in the book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. In this delightful story, a little girl discovers her spark—birds—in her own city neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Natural Lands is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens’ eighth annual Community Read initiative, a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure. Event geared for kids 5 – 8 years old; older and younger siblings are welcome. Grab a snack, get cozy with a blanket, grab your laptop (or smartphone), and join the program via Zoom. Please register here: https://natlands.org/event/outdoorson-rubysbirds-2021-0409/

April 10

Book Discussion of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Free
Presented by: Upper Merion Township Library
Location: 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
The Home Place book discussion. Please register here

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. When she’s not at the Library, you can find her out in the woods hiking, camping, birding, identifying animal tracks, or herping. 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 or call 610-933-3013 x132.

April 12

Ruby's Birds Storytime, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: New Cumberland Public Library
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Join us as we take storytime online! We will be reading the Longwood Garden’s Community Read title, Ruby’s Birds, and other stories about backyard birds! Like Ruby, we’ll discover the birds in our own neighborhoods that enliven our world and get excited about nature! Featuring stories, rhymes, music, and more, storytime teaches social skills, listening comprehension, letter and number recognition, and vocabulary. Join us on ZOOM for a live 20-25 minute storytime experience. We’ll have fun while building a foundation for reading success. Registration is required and limited. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link, password, and further instructions before the first session. To register,  visit our website, newcumberlandlibrary.org.

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

Free
Presented by: Woodlawn Library 
Location: Online via Zoom. Register online and we'll send the Zoom link to you.
We'll be discussing The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham. Register online at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/calendar/virtuallibraryevents.

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 

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.

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 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.

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 

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!

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.

Bird Songs, 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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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”

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 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”

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

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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”

https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7195828