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Alameda Free Library Programs and Events for March 2011

The Alameda Free Library has released an agenda of programs and workshops for the month of March, focused around this year’s theme, “Grow, Eat and Read Local.”

Here is a list of the events as provided by the Library:

  • The grand opening of Green Thumbs, Green Minds: Seed and Gardening Tool Lending Library will be on Tuesday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Main Library. Learn how to borrow seeds and tools, how to increase plant diversity and shrink grocery bills by growing your own food.
  • Green Thumbs, Green Minds: Seed Saving Workshop – Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m., at the Main Library. Learn how to save seeds from the experts at Ploughshares Nursery.
  • A Year in the Garden with Alameda Backyard Growers – Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m., at the Main Library. Alameda Backyard Growers present a seasonal look at gardening in Alameda.
  • Revolutionary Yardscapes – Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m., at the Main Library. Alameda gardener, recycler, and self-confessed hoarder, Matthew Levesque, will present a program that features creative and unexpected ideas for using non-traditional materials to create beautiful landscapes for cheap.
  • Parent-Child Book Club – Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., at the Main Library. Children in 4th-8th grades and their favorite adults will discuss Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks in a book club setting.
  • Wreath Craft – Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 p.m. at the West End Library; Wednesday, March 16, 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Farm Library; and Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m., at the Main Library. Children in grades K-8 will make festive spring wreaths.
  • Backyard Farmer/Urban Consumer Resource Fair – Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Main Library. Learn tips and tricks for planting a garden, meet local residents who raise chickens and bees, and find out where to get and enjoy local produce and food items.
  • Film Screening: Locavore – Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m., at the Main Library; and Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m., at the West End Library. This documentary is about the inevitable return to the local diet. Rated: G; Time: 89 minutes.
  • Local Author: Elise Cooke – Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., at the Bay Farm Library. Participants will hear how Ms. Cooke feeds her family by eating locally and healthily, while saving hundreds of dollars a month on grocery bills.
  • Grow Great Veggies Using Integrated Pest Management with Alameda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans – Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library. Learn how to identify common pests and diseases and learn about the range of solutions available.
  • Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City – Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., at the Main Library. Novella Carpenter, the author who sparked the theme for the 2011 Community Reads program, has restaged the American agrarian dream in an abandoned Oakland lot, raising fruits, vegetables, bees and even pigs and goats in a neighborhood known as GhostTown. Please come early, as seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.
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