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Explore the Riverside Arboretum Indoors!

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The Landscape Advisory Commission invites residents to explore the Riverside arboretum with a series of tree-themed programs at the library during the month of February.  The Riverside Arboretum continues to offer abundant learning opportunities even when the trees are dormant.  Many thanks to the inspiring staff of the Riverside Public Library for encouraging and facilitating a February of tree learning. 

February 2018 Tree-Themed Library Programs


ADULT OPPORTUNITIES: Stop by the glass case at the top of the atrium stairs to learn more about local tree species and where they can be spotted in our arboretum.  There will also be two featured events.

Tell Us Your Tales

Wednesday, February 7 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Great Room

In conjuction with the Library, the Landscape Advisory Commission will host an interactive discussion on the history and natural beauty of Swan Pond and the Des Plaines River.  Come join us and tell us your tales!  What was the biggest flood you remember?  What was winter sledding like?  What was the biggest fish you caught?  How have the wildflowers changed over time?  What do you know about Bourbon Springs and Indian Gardens?  After a short presentation on the history of the natural areas, we'll turn to the real experts - YOU!  We'll capture your stories and include them in a walking tour we're planning for a later date.

Riverside Reads – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Saturday, February 17 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in Quiet Reading Room

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil.  Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. At the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend.  Discussion led by Anna Behm.

CHILDREN’S OPPORTUNITIES: Visit the Children’s Department anytime this month and participate in an on-going craft opportunity to handle a wide variety of local tree bark and make bark rubbings and gratitude leaves to bring a tree to life indoors. Additionally, we hope young children can attend a tree-themed story time hosted by our children’s librarians.

Tree Storytime 1:

Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 -11:00 am - Tree themed books, followed by puffy tree craft.

Tree Storytime 2:

Saturday, February 17 10:00 am – 11:00 am - Wildlife themed books, followed by owl craft using tree discs.

Tree Storytime 3:

Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am - Tree themed books followed by nature craft.

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