A booklover’s guide to Reconnect Festival – Week Four (@EasternRegional)

As the Reconnect Festival comes to a conclusion at the end of May, all organisers, sponsors, presenters and participants deserve a heartfelt THANK YOU for helping to bring our community back together.

Week Four explores the theme of Sustainability, featuring a series of talks, workshops and activities that create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable life. All of them are free, but bookings are essential.

Below is a list of interesting events recommended by Christine Yunn-Yu Sun, the Star Mail’s book reviewer.

For booklovers wanting to “Be Connected”, the “Discover Your Digital Library” workshop (Rowville Library, Friday 28 May, 10-11AM) will help you discover all the fantastic resources available at your local library, including free courses on everything.

And, for those who love this beautiful quote from St. Charles, Missouri – “Each time you open a book and read it, a tree smiles knowing there’s life after death” – the “Handmade Paper” workshop (Mooroolbark Library, Thursday 27 May, 2-3PM) will demonstrate how to transform recycled paper into beautiful greeting cards and more.

For those who enjoy eating while reading, the “Sauerkraut-Making” workshop (Belgrave Library, Thursday 20 May, 2-3PM) will introduce some tasty and healthy fermented food. You can learn to preserve your garden’s goodness, German-style.

Meanwhile, participants in the “Vegan Cheese-Making” workshop (Belgrave Library, Wednesday 24 May, 2PM) will learn from Unwrapped Pantry how to make delectable and nutritious vegan cheese, including rocket pecan cheese balls, stretchy melty cheese, and sliceable vegan cashew cheese.

For extra nibbles to prolong your reading time, Claire from Pick a Potion will share the basics of foraging in the “Edible & Medicinal Weeds” workshop (Rowville Library, Wednesday 26 May, 2PM). More appetising plants will be shared by Doris Puzzi in the “Edible Weeds” workshop (Lilydale Library, Friday 28 May, 10:30-11:30AM).

Those who want to eat healthy in order to read more books can make acquaintance with members of the Knox Community Gardens Society Inc., whose “Growing Healthy Food” workshop (Bayswater Library, Wednesday 26 May, 11AM-12PM) will discuss how to grow your own food in a community garden. You can also join their “Veggie Gardens” workshop (Boronia Library, Friday 28 May, 2-3PM) to learn how and where to start your own vegetable garden.

Finally, for those who need more bags to carry the books they have bought or intend to buy, the Boomerang Ladies in the “Bag-Making” workshop (Belgrave Library, Wednesday 26 May, 10:30-11:30AM) will help you make simple shopping bags using recycled material.

In the same spirit that booklovers can never have enough books, Henry David Thoreau asserts: “We can never have enough of Nature.” For those aspiring to read in beautiful gardens, the “Growing from Seed” workshop (Ferntree Gully Library, Wednesday 26 May, 2-4PM) and the “Seed Bombs” workshop (Realm, Friday 28 May, 4:15-5PM) will highlight how a whole garden can grow from a single seed. The “Growing a Sustainable Garden” workshop (Montrose Library, Thursday 27 May, 2:15-3:15PM) will present tips and tricks for environmental sustainability in the home garden.

Note: This article was originally published under the title “Explore time and space”, by Ranges Trader Star Mail, May 25, 2021, Page 4.

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