april, 2022

wed20apr11:00 AM12:00 PMGet on the waitlistOutdoor Event: Adult Backyard Book Club - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Group B)Event held offsite at Vaill Point Park11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Details

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us for an outdoor book club that focuses on our natural world. We discuss our all-time favorite nature titles, both fiction and non-fiction. The book club meets at parks throughout St. Johns County, practically in your own backyard!

This month we’ll be reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer at Vaill Point Park. As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as “the younger brothers of creation.” As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. If the weather is sunny, please bring your own camp chair for sitting out under the trees. If it’s rainy, we’ll be sitting in the park pavilion. Feel free to bring your own snacks & beverages! Please notify us at least 3 days in advance if you should need a sign language interpreter. This title is available in e-book and e-audiobook format on our Hoopla platform.  If you’d like a print copy, please contact Amy at aackerman@sjcfl.us or 904.827.6942.


(Wednesday) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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