The Children’s nature library on Carlos Theis Botanical Garden celebrates its 10 years with a schedule of activities to learn nature from the hands of books. The library has around 1,000 items specially selected by the Garden’s Education team and welcomes around 8,000 children and their families annually.
It was inaugurated on September 13, 2012, Librarian’s Day, and on its anniversary there will be a meeting in which 80 librarians will participate from city schools. In addition, on Saturday, September 17 in the afternoon, there will be botanical expeditions, workshops, storytelling, tours and other free activities to celebrate the anniversary.
“Seeing children get closer to nature through books fills us with pride because we know the future is in them. In them will be the care of our biodiversity and therefore it is important that they engage in this topic in a playful and fun way.“, expressed Ines Gorbea, the city’s environment secretary.
The Children’s Library of Nature is a place for learning and fun and is located in the Carlos Theis Botanical Garden. Aimed at children and teenagers, copies can be checked out in the library or in the garden.
“It is conceived as a learning space for children in order to promote values and attitudes related to the knowledge and appreciation of the plant world, as well as the sustainable use of the environment. And at the same time, uncover stories, legends and characteristics of various living creatures in a fun and enjoyable way.“, assured Graciela Barreiro, director of the Carlos Theis Botanical Garden.
It also allows the promotion of respect and appreciation for different living things, offers an opportunity to develop sensitivity and observation of nature, and opens a place for consultation for students and teachers.
Program for Saturday, September 17:
• 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children’s library of nature. Find beautiful and engaging stories to read and share.
• 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. botanical expeditions. I went out to explore, face challenges and complete missions around the Garden.
• 2.20 p.m. The Agroecological Garden, a story about esdrújula recommended by Count Dracula. Book launch and workshop. We read, explore and sow in the Botánico garden.
• fifteen. curious botany. Book presentation and workshop. We know the book, look for a place that inspires us and dare to observe details of plants and then draw them, creating beautiful botanical illustrations.
• 3.40 p.m. i bug. Workshop. We share the world with thousands of bugs. We go out looking for them and watch them without disturbing them. We stand at their feet and imagine what their houses are like, who they live with, what their interests are, and we write a story.
• 4.20 p.m. embraced. Workshop and reading. We know the story, we walk through the garden and collect leaves, flowers and fruits to make a herbarium.
• 17. story of a seed. Workshop. There are thousands of seeds, each holding a unique story. We know them and imagine the stories they will experience, how they will grow, what they will become and create a new story.
A brief history of Children’s Library of Nature
The library started in October 2008 with books donated by publishers. In 2012, with a grant from the Metropolitan Fund for Culture, Art and Science, it was placed in the Great House of the Botanical Garden and a large number of copies were purchased.
Today, the library receives donations and copies purchased from Association of Friends of the Botanical Garden managed through CONABIP – National Commission of Popular Libraries. Open Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 to 17:30.
The library has:
• Research books, with textures or covers that show characteristics or habits of living things.
• Stories or novels where animals, plants or other living things take part in the story and behave as such to a large extent.
• Books about gardens, food and other “uses” of living things.
• Regional stories or legends where plants and animals are an important part of history and culture.
• Promotional books, experiments and encyclopedias about living things and sciences.
• Texts on children’s rights and environmental education.
All materials of the Children’s Library of Nature promote:
• Knowledge of living things, their characteristics and needs.
• Observation and study of nature.
• Good environmental care habits.
• Respect for other living beings and their appreciation.
• Valuing biodiversity and diversity in general.
• Values such as tolerance and respect for diversity.