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    Join us for the Hayward Public Library’s first Book-to-Action program. Discuss a timely book, meet the author, then volunteer for a local organization that implements the ideas you have read about.

    Part 1: Monday, March 21 - Choose from 2 meeting times: Noon at Peet's Coffee & Tea (B Street & Mission) or 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library

    Meet with local community members to discuss Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter, an entertaining memoir about running an urban farm in an abandoned lot in downtown Oakland. On her small plot, Carpenter not only grows a wide variety of vegetables, but also raises bees, goats, rabbits, geese, and other farmyard animals.

    Part 2: Saturday, March 26 - 2 p.m.: Meet Novella Carpenter at the Hayward Public Library.

    Novella Carpenter writes about urban farming and sustainable food production for various publications, including her blog, Ghost Town Farm. She studied with Michael Pollan at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and has written for Mother Jones, Salon and SF Gate. Her best-selling memoir Farm City was named a best book in 2009 by the New York Times and other media. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk about the Library’s “Book-to-Action” selection with the author herself!

    Part 3: Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Volunteer at the Intergenerational Community Garden Work Day at Ochoa Middle School Garden – 2121 Depot Road, Hayward – Near Chabot College. The Ochoa Middle School Garden is one of twenty-five school gardens operated in the Hayward Unified School District, and overseen by Project EAT (“Educate, Act, Thrive”), an extensive program coordinated by the Alameda County Office of Education. Project EAT’s unique program involves K-12 students, parents, and schools to create a community that makes healthier eating and lifestyle choices. Project EAT promotes physical activity in garden-based nutrition education and cooking connection classes for students during the school day and after school. Healthy Living classes for parents and community members are provided free to low-income families. Through hands-on learning students establish a life-long dedication to their communities and the environment. For more information contact Sally Thomas at or call 510-881-7700.

    Book-to-Action is co-sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, Friends of the Hayward Public Library, Chabot College Foundation, the Chabot College Book Club, Project EAT, Alameda County Office of Education, and the AAUW Hayward/Castro Valley Branch. This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

    Photo courtesy Novella Carpenter, Ghost Town Farm - Oakland, CA

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