2024 Arbo-READ-um

2024 Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event

Join Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens for the fourth annual Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event beginning on July 1st! 

Book cover for Slow Birding by Joan E. StrassmannArbo-READ-um is a program series born from a partnership between the library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. This summer, we will work together to provide opportunities to promote literacy, library and arboretum usage, and community conversations by discussing a book with the Tredyffrin Township community.

The book selection for 2024 is Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard by Joan E. Strassmann.

From July 1st through August 16th, join us in reading Slow Birding and learning more about our backyard bird friends. This one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them. Strassmann tells colorful stories of the most common birds to be found in the United States—birds we often see but might not have considered deeply before. Slow Birding is a perfect book for those looking to embrace the joys of birding right where they are.

View the schedule of events below and find instructions about
how to log your participation for the community read in Beanstack.



Arbo-READ-um Kick-Off

Begin logging Arbo-READ-um activities and your reading journey of Slow Birding. Register on Beanstack to enter to win a prize pack featuring bird-related goodies as well as a signed copy of the book. A winner will be selected on Friday, August 16.

Register for Beanstack here: ccls.beanstack.org

After registering or signing in, you will see a list of challenges. Find and select “2024 Arbo-READ-um.” The unique challenge code is ARBOREADUM24. If you have questions about signing up for Beanstack or locating the challenge, please stop by the library or contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Reference Desk at 610-688-7092 x212.




Makerspace: Needle Felted Birds (Adults & Teens 16+)

10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Learn the art of needle felting and create an adorable little bird to take home. All materials are provided.

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

Registration is required. Register here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541082.



Slow Birding

7:00–8:30 PM 

Joan E. Strassmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis and Author of Slow Birding 

In the heart of migration, it is easy to jump from one bird to the next, tallying counts of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and thrushes with increasing speed. But there is another way to approach birding—through slow, quiet observation. Join Dr. Strassmann in getting to know the most common birds, not just by sight, but by behavior. Discover their unique stories and enrich your experiences of our most commonly seen birds.

Free of charge | Virtual event
Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912793077667



Guided Bird Walk

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Troy Bynum, Avid Birder and Owner of TB Wildlife Photography, LLC 

Get outside and discover which birds are at Jenkins during summer breeding. Explore diverse habitats including woodland, pond edge, and stream-side paths. All levels of birders are welcome, especially new birders. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes with good traction for various terrains.

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912809827767



Drop In: Flapping Bird Clips (Ages 5+)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop in between 10AM and 12PM to create a bird clip that can flap its wings! Ages 5+

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

No registration is required, but you may sign up to receive an email reminder. Sign up here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541853



Summer Storytime: Bird Bonanza

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Enjoy a bird-themed read aloud with Stephanie Bragg from the Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins! Join us for a morning in nature and learn something new while listening to engaging stories. Sidewalk chalk will be available after for creating art with our feathered friends for inspiration!

All ages welcome, most suitable for ages 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 

Registration is strongly recommended. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912777872187



Cavity-Nesting Birds with Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D.

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, West Chester University 

Cavity-nesters are birds that nest in holes in trees, and they will also readily nest in human-provided nest boxes. This creates an excellent system for studying bird breeding behavior and ecology. Dr. Uehling will explore species of cavity-nesters in this region, including Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees, and will share findings from her own research on Tree Swallow foraging ecology.

Free of charge | Virtual event

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912801743587



Beanstack Prize Pack

Once you complete activities in Beanstack, you can enter to win a prize pack featuring goodies from Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens! Some of the prizes include a signed copy of Slow Birding, a library tote bag and water bottle, a set of notecards, a reusable dishcloth, The Backyard Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Field Guide, and more!

A winner will be selected and contacted on Friday, August 16th to celebrate the conclusion of Arbo-READ-um.