Vote Now Through February 3 To Fund A PS/MS 492-Student-Run Outdoor Garden At Clinton Hill Library

Vote Now Through February 3 To Fund A PS/MS 492-Student-Run Outdoor Garden At Clinton Hill Library
Image via BPL Brooklyn Incubator.
Image via BPL Brooklyn Incubator.

Get your vote on — for a student-library outdoor gardening program that needs our help in winning funding!

We only have today and tomorrow to register our votes — via Facebook comments and “likes” — for the “How Does Your Library Garden Grow” project, which is a partnership between the students of PS/MS 492 Academy of Arts & Letters and Clinton Hill Library. The project will “build a garden from the ground up: students will design the plot, choose the plants and tend the plots as they sprout.”

“This program supports a culture of learning and fosters a connection with nature for young adults,” wrote the project leads, librarians Meredith Powers, Emily Heath, and Tracey Mantrone. “Young adults from the neighborhood and local schools can design the garden plot and select the plants as part of a weekly after-school program combining nature, biology, and urban design; they can get started with planting and tending to the sprouting garden in the late spring. Other garden-related activities can be done indoors during poor weather—building water sensors with robotics, for example, or creating mosaic paving stones.”

Librarians from 18 branches have submitted 26 program ideas and we have through TOMORROW (Wednesday, February 3) to share feedback and click “like” on our respective Facebook photo entries.

Winners will be announced in a couple of weeks, in mid-February, after a panel of Brooklyn Public Library staff evaluates the feedback.

Funding comes in part from a $25,000 Sparks Ignition grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Brooklyn Incubator also provides staff with training and mentoring on how to write grants, implement programs and manage projects.

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