Grow the Solution Together in Kokomo

Grow the Solution Together is made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Howard County. Left, KHCPL Director Faith Brautigam, and right, KHCPL Board of Trustees member Joel Fenske, receive the check from Community Foundation of Howard County volunteer Joe Dunbar.

Central Middle School

Central Middle International School sixth-graders from Mary Page, Misti Sukle, and Manda Rayle's IB classes each received a native plant from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library's "Grow the Solution Together" program to save pollinators and the food supply after they completed community service hours working in Kokomo's downtown gardens during a Keep Kokomo Beautiful event, Tuesday, June 2, the last day of the 2015 school year! They also made a video clip with a special message.

college group

Earlham college

Recently, a group of Earlham College students focusing on sustainability were bicycling around the state. Connected by the Kokomo Visitors Bureau, we had the opportunity to interact with these students over Grow the Solution Together, our project about the plight facing insect pollinators and how we, as a community, can help. See all the pictures from the event here

Story Time and Summer Camp program

For our Story Times and Summer Camp programs, KHCPL highlighted the “Grow the Solution Together” program using activities that highlighted the importance of pollinators and growing native plants. We had fun decorating pots and planting native plants at one program. See all the pictures from the event here

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Kokomo Housing Authority

One of our community partners is the Kokomo Housing Authority. We gave native plants to KHA and residents volunteered to plant and care for them. Under Grow the Solution Together in Kokomo. See all the pictures from the event here

Plant Giveaway

Plant Giveaways

We held several native plant giveaways and sales at the Community Garage Sale, Summer Reading Club kickoffs, Farmers’ Market, Strawberry Festival, and First Friday. Under Grow the Solution Together in Kokomo. See all the pictures from the event here

contest winner

Photo Contest

Rebecca Franklin took home the blue ribbon for her photo of a butterfly feasting on a native plant during the Grow the Solution Together Photo Contest award reception in the Art Gallery at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. “We had a lot of great entries,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. Click here to read more

For Kids

KHCPL’s Children’s Services Department has several Grow the Solution Together programs lined up this summer:

Butterflies, Bats, and Bees! Oh My!
Wednesday, July 15 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
KHCPL Main Ages: K-5

Discover the secret world of nature’s hardest workers. Enjoy an afternoon of fun hands-on activities that will show you just how important pollinators are in the world.