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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. Be sure to check back often, new events are added regularly.

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Through June 2

Exhibit: Highlights from Ruth Heller’s children’s book, The Reason for a Flower, during museum hours

Free with paid admission or with DMNH Membership
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Selected images and text from The Reason for a Flower will be placed in DMNH galleries to highlight the benefit of plants in differing ecosystems around the world.   This may include rainforests, wetlands, saltmarshes and deserts.

May & June

Summer Growing Program for Children and Youth

Free
Presented by: Coatesville Area Public Library
Location: Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320
This spring our young patrons are planting a container garden in the Library's Courtyard. In May we will fill containers & sow seeds for lettuce, mesclun, radishes, carrots and cilantro. In June we will plant herbs and sow seeds for micro greens, nasturtiums, marigolds and zinnias in containers, and plant tomatoes and peppers. We'll enjoy the harvest in July & August! Registration is not required.

May 1 - 31

Story Time, Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm, Sundays at 1:00 pm

Free with paid admission or with DMNH Membership
Presented by: Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Join us throughout the month of May for an outdoor Story Time at the Delaware Museum of Natural History featuring this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Each story time is followed by an interactive activity. *In case of inclement weather story time will held indoors. Length: 15 – 30 min.

May 23

Gardening 101: Edible Gardens, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: Middletown Free Library and Joe Daniels of the Delaware County Master Gardeners
Location: Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media, PA 19063
Join us as Joe Daniels of the Master Gardeners teaches us about seeds and plants as inspired by The Triumph of Seeds, Seedfolks and The Reason for a Flower and explains the pro and cons of raised bed gardening while showing us first hand at the Library's Raised Bed Gardens put in by Tyler Arboretum. Ages 5 and older! The Middletown Free Library is proud to partner with Longwood Gardens Community Read, developing programs designed to “encourage reading and start a conversation.” A limited number of family passes to Longwood Gardens will be given away during the program. Register by visiting www.middletownfreelibrary.org/for-adults or by calling 610-566-7828

Evening Book Discussion, 7:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Free Library of Springfield Township
Location: Monthly book group will discuss the book, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. Give us a call to register @ 215-836-5300.

May 24

Pollination Power, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Penn Wynne Library
Location: Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood, PA 19096
The program is an outreach event based upon the book The Reason for a Flower. It will feature live animals and a reading of the book. Registration opens Friday, May 17th at 8 a.m. on lmls.org.

May 29

The Beauty and Diversity of Native Plant Seeds, 10:00 am

$5 members, $10 non-members
Presented by: Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
Location: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317. (Please meet your tour guide in the museum courtyard)
Join us for a seed-finding tour of our native plant gardens and behind-the-scenes visit to our unique seed-collection operation.  You'll discover the diversity of wildflower and grass seeds and learn how we process these for planting and sale.  We'll demonstrate proper seed-sowing techniques.  Each participant will take home a packet of native plant seeds.  This is a rain or shine event.  Registration is required. Registration is online.

May 30

Seeds for Living, 12:30 p.m.

Free
Presented by: Delaware Health and Social Services Library
Location: Delaware Health and Social Services Library, 1901 N. DuPont Highway, Springer Building - Library Annex, New Castle, DE 19720
Come out and let's talk about seeds! Courtesy of Longwood Garden’s Community Read annual program, we will have a chance to talk about seeds, herbs and their varied benefits to our lives. Pick up a free packet of flower seeds and get ready for spring planting! To register, email dhsslibrary@delaware.gov

June 18

The Reason for a Flower, 2:00 pm

Free
Presented by: Delaware Nature Society and Appoquinimink Community Library
Location: Appoquinimink Community Library, 651 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709
Why do we have flowers? To make seeds, of course! Can a flower weigh as much as a tortoise? How do seeds “travel”? Would a snake eat a seed? Would you eat a seed? With the help of some live and taxidermied animals we will explore the answers to these and other questions and delve into an amazing array of seeds: one as big as your head, a few tinier that sand-grains, and everything in between– even some that smell! Register online, call or stop into the library.

July 9

Pollination Power, 10:30 am

Free
Presented by: North Wilmington Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: North Wilmington Library, 3400 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19802
The Delaware Museum of Natural History has designed a special outreach program based on the fun poem by Ruth Heller, The Reason for a Flower.   The program, featuring live animals, includes reading the book followed by an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and the animals that rely on them!  Call the Circulation Desk to register at 302-761-4290.

July 13

Pollination Power, 11:30 am

Free
Presented by: Conshohocken Free Library and Delaware Museum of Natural History
Location: Conshohocken Free Library, 301 Fayette St., Conshohocken, PA 19428
In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has designed a special outreach program based on the fun poem by Ruth Heller, The Reason for a Flower. The program, featuring live animals, includes reading the book followed by an interactive learning experience about the importance of flowers and the animals that rely on them! No registration required, just drop in.