Throughout Spring and Summer, every corner of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be taking inspiration from In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas - an exhibition taking place in our Rare Book Department's Dietrich Gallery, April 9 through September 15, 2018.
The Business Resource & Innovation Center will be the site of the first sneak preview of spinoff plant and animal programming to come. While the BRIC primarily serves entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits, it is also the Parkway Central Library's main home for books on science, health, technology, trades, and industrial crafts. Consequently, generations of our city's green thumbs have browsed its shelves for works on botany, ecology, gardening, horticulture, and more.
On April 4, join us for an opening reception and digital sneak preview of a photo exhibition which will be fully mounted in partnership with Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation Department from April 24 through September 15, 2018. In our grand lobby, representatives from Park & Rec's TreePhilly program will have free yard trees available on a first-come first-served basis from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Representatives from Pennsylvania's Environmental Council will be on hand to explain the connection between our urban canopy and storm water management.
Visitors will be able to view a series of photographs celebrating our sister and brother civil servants from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Urban Forestry & Ecosystem Management divisions. Our city's arborists care for the trees on 10,250 acres of park land, and the 117,000 trees along the city streets. These men and women are passionate, hardworking, and proud of the work they do to keep Philadelphia’s trees healthy and its citizens safe. For this project, photographer Sabina Louise Pierce worked with Park & Rec's TreePhilly program to capture the special relationship between arborists, the trees they care for, and the tools of their trade.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public during all open hours, with occasionally limited access during BRIC programs.