#PlantWildflowers Initiative at the Library

May 04, 2022

Contact: Tess Mayer
Director of Library Services
Berkeley Public Library

#PlantWildflowers Initiative at the Berkeley Public Library

Berkeley, California (May 4, 2022) – Berkeley Public Library is joining the nationwide #PlantWildflowers campaign that highlights the critical role bees and other pollinators play in healthy ecosystems. Upcoming events include:

Drawing and Monarch Butterfly Ecology with Eisner-Award Winning Little Monarchs Cartoonist Jonathan Case: Friday, May 6th, 3:30-5:00PM at Tarea Hall Pittman South

Native Bees and Honey Bees with Planet Bee on Saturday, May 14th at 1:30 or 3pm at James Kenney Park in West Berkeley

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration, with Pollinator Posse and Museum of Children’s Art on Saturday, June 4th, 2pm in front of Central

Additional events will be announced via the Library’s online calendar, newsletter and on social media, including a screening of My Garden of a Thousand Bees, the film that inspired the #PlantWildflowers initiative.

“The Library is thrilled to be working with a number of community partners on educational opportunities, resources and events for #PlantWildflowers over the summer,” says Director of Library Services, Tess Mayer. “We look forward to our collaborations with Transition Berkeley, Planet Bee, the Peralta Community Garden, Pollinator Posse, the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, and the Museum of Children’s Art.”

To learn more about the crucial roles bees and other pollinators play in wild ecosystems and human agriculture, as well as the many environmental challenges pollinators are facing, visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/plantwildflowers.

“With the campaign, we hope to bring more education and opportunities for understanding how wildflowers, bees, and our ecosystem affect us all, and provide more engagement and ownership of how we can all be stewards of the land, regardless of our immediate surroundings,” explains Elaine Tai, Supervising Librarian.

Events will be wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

For questions regarding the #PlantWildflowers initiative at the Library, please call Elaine Tai at (510) 981-6231.

For questions about additional Library events, services, hours and locations, please call (510) 981-6100 or visit the Library’s website www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Thank you to Tangled Bank Studio/PBS Nature #PlantWildflowers initiative for the grant to support this programming. Berkeley Public Library was one of only 52 libraries across the country to receive this funding. Thank you to the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library whose support will supplement #PlantWildflower summer events. Thank you to American Meadows for the donations of wild flower seed packets to be given to attendees of some upcoming #PlantWildflower programs.