To kick-off the Hopewell Public Library’s summer program, join local author Jared Rosenbaum for a dynamic reading of his new children’s book, The Puddle Garden, at the Hopewell Train Station on Wednesday July 1 at 7:00pm.

In this children’s story full of native plants and wildlife, learn how Bear Cub invited friends to his new house, by creating a Puddle Garden. Bear Cub plants cardinal flower, swamp milkweed, elderberry, and more. His garden quickly fills with wild friends from hummingbirds to frogs, and his new home is no longer lonely.

The reading is followed by a presentation for children and parents on creating a native plant rain garden at home, with photos and stories about wildflowers and wildlife.

Wild Ridge Plants will also have a selection of native wildflowers for sale in front of the station before the program begins. For more information check out Wild Ridge on Facebook and at their website

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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