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“My hope is that somehow I might move others to find themselves magnified in nature, whomever and wherever they might be.” – J. Drew Lanham

From The Home Place: Memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature

YDL is proud to partner with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in their Community Read program featuring books that portray the intersection of race and the environment. Two titles have been selected this year, one for adults and one for children. Both are available for request at YDL.

For adults

The Home Place: Memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature, by J. Drew Lanham (available in print, ebook, and audiobook through YDL) 

View the discussion guide for The Home Place


For kids & families

Ruby’s Birds, by Mya Thompson (available in print through YDL). Due to rain, we weren’t able to read the book at our weekly Garden Gathering for kids. Instead, hear the read aloud, sing a bird song, and find activities in this video. 

Bird Videos

Pat interviews Andy Johnson, of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to find out how to spot birds near your home.

Join Liz on a journey to YDL’s three different buildings to find birds and bird habitats, with special guests, Pat & Andy.

Self-directed activities for kids & families

Recommended Reading at YDL

Related Events

June 18, 11am: Ruby’s Birds and nest-building

June 28, 4pm: Book discussion of The Home Place, featuring Sheridan Alford, environmental educator and one of the organizers of Black Birders Week; and Karen Simpson, an Ann Arbor-based writer and author of Act of Grace.