The Homegrown Gwinnett Project provided 15 Tower Gardens funded through an IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant. The interactive nature of the Tower Gardens and their unlikely but aesthetic appearance inside a public library generated immediate interest and public engagement with the project. As a new form of community gardening for the public, the Tower Gardens prompted:
an abundance of STEM programming for all ages,
civic engagement by addressing food insecurity issues
the honoring the culinary traditions of a multicultural population.
In this webinar you will learn:
- the many types of programming the gardens generated,
- the pivotal partnerships that arose from the project, and
- ways your library can reach across cultural, age, language, and economic barriers to engage your community.
Homegrown Gwinnett Project – Tower Gardens inside Public Libraries
Charles Pace is executive director of the Gwinnett County Library. Prior to this he served as the director of the St Louis County, MO and Fargo, ND libraries. A native of Texas, he received his M.L.S. and B.A. at the University of North Texas.
Meg Wilson, manager of the Norcross Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, has spent her career advocating for libraries, literacy and lifelong learning. As Project Manager for Homegrown Gwinnett, Meg has had the privilege of watching tiny seeds grow into both plants and into an astonishing array of ideas for using those plants as the basis for events and partnerships to wow library users, new and old.