Mission: Life frames, inc. Is the non-profit sponsor of a living library, or a. L. L. , for short. A living library provides a powerful systemic framework, series of strategies, and methodologies for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining, place-based greening in diverse communities and schools integrated with hands-on, interdisciplinary, standards-based curricula (prek-16-and beyond) during the school day, after school, and summers. Young people with caring adults create a more ecological environment in their school-yard, neighborhood, and community, while learning multiple subjects and having real-world experience. A goal is to link branch living library & think parks locally and globally through communications technologies so people in diverse communities can share commonalities and diversities of their cultures and ecologies.
Programs: Programs for the year include a living library garden/ecology/multi-arts/literacy/nutrition programs for children and youth at multiple branch living library & think park sites in san francisco and new york city working with students during the school day, after school and summer with continued development and master planning of our various branch living library & think park sites in each community: omi/excelsior, bernal heights, chinatown in san francisco and roosevelt island in new york city. This year we also planted hundreds more california native trees and understory plants as part of our bernal heights living library & think park nature walk in conjunction with the sf recreation and park department, local schools, sf department of public works, neighbors and other volunteers from many groups. This nature walk is a prototype for the whole islais creek watershed, the largest in san francisco, and we are proposing its expandsion to interconnect the eleven communities of the watershed. We also reached out to other cities in the us, and in china, india, africa, and mexico, to establish unique branch living library & think parks in those countries.