Growing Readers Gardening Workshops Coming to Oakland Public Library

Release Date: 
Mon, 06/03/2013

This summer the Main Library Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, is going to be “Growing Readers” thanks to a generous grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). To implement the program, Oakland Public Library is partnering with Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, a non-profit that introduces Oakland youth to urban farming and container gardening. Once farming commences, during the week of June 10, the garden will begin blooming in front of the Children’s Room, outside the Main Library’s Oak Street entrance.

Full yet? Hope not, because there are even more treats! Each Thursday from 3 to 4 pm beginning on June 20 and lasting for eight weeks, children will be able to work with Acta Non Verba staff in the garden, do a fun activity and learn about topics such as “Good Bug or Bad Bug?” and “Where Does Food Come From?” (The July 4 workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 2 due to the Library’s closure for Independence Day.) These yummy topics tie in with our Summer Reading theme this year – “Reading is So Delicious!” – as well as the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s free summer lunch program for kids in which we will be participating.

Full now? Hope not, because there is even more! Come and check out the Children’s Room new and expanded collection of gardening and food books and DVDs for kids and adults who want to learn more or start a garden of their own.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

For more information, please contact Helen Bloch, Librarian II, at (510) 238-3615 or