Community Read 2017

Community Read 2017

Join us as we partner with Longwood Gardens, local libraries, and other conservation organizations to bring you the 4th annual Longwood Community Read initiative. This year, our books are themed around engineering — perfect timing for the grand reopening of Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden, as well as a great opportunity to see TLC through the eyes of engineers. These two books, one for adults and one for children, are guaranteed to start some inspiring conversations across all ages. Get the books and start reading today! 


The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

The Way Things Work Now is a sweeping new update to the worldwide bestseller, The New Way Things Work, and includes sections on the technology in our daily lives. The Way Things Work Now explains complex mechanical processes in a humorous and accessible style, accompanied by engaging illustrations. David Macaulay’s books have sold more than three million copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages.


Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts

We’ve also chosen Rosie Revere, Engineer as the Community Read book for our youngest readers. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, this is the story of Rosie, a little girl with dreams of becoming a great engineer. “Where some people see rubbish, Rosie Revere sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends.”

How do I participate?

It’s easy! Get the book at your local library, read the books, and then join us on one or all of the programs listed below!

Rosie Revere, Engineer: Engineering Revolution Workshop

Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 AM—12:00 PM

Rosie Revere

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Join leaders Stacey Gummey and Lea Gummey for this fun Longwood Community Read program as we explore what it takes to be an engineer while out in nature. Come make plans, create rockets, build bridges, and more!

Cost: $10 for TLC members, $20 for non-members

Click here to register!


The Way Things Work Now: A Behind the Scenes Workshop

Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

The Way Things Work Now

The Way Things Work Now

Location: Walnut Hill
(541 Chandler Mill Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Join TLC staff for a look behind the scenes at our forthcoming Interpretive Nature Center and Chandler Mill Nature Preserve as we review the plans, permeable parking lot, rain gardens, and other best management practices. We will also check out the new trails and future connections to the Kennett Greenway to celebrate the Longwood Community Read selection of The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay.

Cost: $10 for TLC members, $20 for non-members

Click here to register!

For the rest of our upcoming programs, click here!
For a complete listing of Community Read programs, click here!