Longwood Gardens Community Reads

Indian Valley Public 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 programs.

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Adult Programs

Seed Share & Organic Gardening Talk

Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am

Bring your extra seeds and take home new seeds to grow! Sam from Living Hope Farm will share about organic gardening. Bring your questions, meet other gardeners and find new seeds for your gardens! To register, visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.


Story Time for Adults

Tuesday, March 5 at 11:30 am

Join us at Indian Valley Public Library for an inclusive story time for adults where we explore children’s literature. We will read The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller and other related books. The reading will be followed by a hands-on activity. Feel free to bring lunch and eat before the program (11:00 am).


Monday Morning Book Group: The Triumph of Seeds

Monday, March 11 at 10 am

The Monday Morning Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month at 10 am. Copies of the book will be available at the reference desk. Please register for the book club by calling the Reference Desk 215-723-9109 ext. 3 or email mstern@ivpl.org.


Art Shop: Seed Folk Art

Tuesday, April 16 at 11:30 am

IVPL invites adults to explore art and unleash their creativity with adapted art projects. After reading selections from Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, we explore folk art and create our own using seeds.


Pages & Pints: The Triumph of Seeds

Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm

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


Wild Edible Plants! Discover and appreciate the edible plants of Pennsylvania, New Jersey…and beyond!
Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm

Join us at IVPL on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm to discover the wild edible plants in our area. Many of us don’t realize that we are surrounded by edible plants in a wide variety of places. Educator, licensed nutritionist, and wild edibles expert Debbie Naha will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and nutrition. Enjoy an indoor presentation, followed by an identification walk and end with wild tea tasting and recipes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Please call the Reference Desk at 215-723-9109 x 3 to register, or for questions.


Youth Programs

STEAMM Story Time:  The Science of Flowers

Wednesday, March 13 at 2 pm

Join us for stories about the science of flowers followed by a hands-on activities.  For children ages 4-6 and their families. Registration required. Email youthservices@ivpl.org to register.


Teen Tall Tales: Seed Edition

Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm

After reading flower and seed related folklore and myths from around the world, we will find out the truth behind seeds in The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.


Edible Seeds

Monday, April 22 at 4 pm

Learn about the seeds that you eat everyday and try new ones after reading The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller. Registration and permission slip required. Ages 13 and up. Visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.


Tinker Tuesdays: Fun with Flowers (Grades K-5)

Tuesday, April 16 at 4 pm

Join us as we read The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.  We will then explore the world of flowers through hands-on activities.  Registration required. Register online at www.ivpl.org.


Flower Scavenger Hunt

April 1-30

Stop by the library any time after April 1 to pick up a flower scavenger hunt.  Get out into nature and find some flowers. Turn the hunt in before April 30 to be entered into a drawing for a family pass to Longwood Gardens.


Seedfolks & All Saints

Friday, March 15 at 1 pm

A discussion will be held relating Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman to the movie All Saints.

Movie Description: When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community. Registration required. Visit the reference desk, email refdesk@ivpl.org or call 215-723-9109, ext. 3.


The Books


In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds – why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe.

The Reason for a Flower may be to manufacture seeds, but author Ruth Heller shares a lot more about parts of plants and their functions in her trademark rhythmic style.

In Seedfolks, author Paul Fleischman tells the story of how the simple act of a 9-year old girl planting Lima Bean seeds sparks 13 very different individuals from various ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and age levels to come together to create a community garden.