Calling Young Gardeners: Learning Gardens appearing soon at Cranston Public Libraries

Calling Young Gardeners: Learning Gardens Appearing Soon at Cranston Public Libraries 

The Cranston Public Library is excited to announce that it will provide three Learning Gardens to youth and families this summer. Supported by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and donations from the William Hall Library Board of Trustees and the Cranston Public Library Teen Team, gardens at the Central Library, William Hall Library, and Oak Lawn Branch will be built throughout the month of May. 
 
“After the success of William Hall Library’s Seed Library and Agricultural Fair in recent years, we realized that gardens provide beautiful learning opportunities to residents of all ages,” explained Community Engagement Manager, Katy Dorchies.  
 
The Oak Lawn Branch will welcome two raised bed herb gardens to their property, while the Central Library and William Hall Library will support one vegetable garden each. The gardens will be built by teens and families on separate Saturdays through May, then maintained by teen volunteers throughout the summer. http://cranstonlibrary.org/learning-gardens
 
The raised beds will be built at the following locations and times:
 
Oak Lawn Branch
Saturday, May 6 • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
230 Wilbur Ave, Cranston, Rhode Island 02921
401-942-1787
 
Central Library
Saturday, May 13 • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
401-943-9080
 
William Hall Library
Saturday, May 20 • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
1825 Broad St, Cranston, Rhode Island 02905
401-781-2450

 
Helpers and volunteers are encouraged to sport sunscreen and bring water! No sign-up or registration is required to help build the gardens; however, teens interested in signing up to care for the gardens and earn volunteer hours are encouraged to contact the host library location for details and times. (Garden maintenance training will be provided!)
 
More information, including garden plans and how-to tips are available online at cranstonlibrary.org/learning-gardens.
 
(release from Cranston Public Library)

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