Plains Park Events

Free Mini Library

free libraryPlains Mennonite Church has added a Free Mini Library in their Peace Park.  Built from an old pew bench, this unique library invites you to take a book to read and leave a book for someone else to read.  The idea originated in Wisconsin when Todd Bol wanted to honor his mother, a former teacher and book lover.  He built a unique tiny library, placed it in his front yard, and the surrounding neighborhood loved it.  The idea took hold and today, Little Free Libraries can be found in at least 24 states and eight countries.  In a nutshell the basic concept of these mini libraries is to take a book and leave a book.  Learn more on his website,



Seeds to Feed – Free Educational Workshops ~ Seeds to Feed Workshop flyer
Join us this summer for four free workshops. RSVP to the church the Friday before each event at [email protected] or 215-362-7640.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-8 p.m. — Bucket Tomatoes ~ in the Pavilion
    Don’t have space for a garden? No problem, there is always space on a sunny patio or small yard for a tomato plant. Come assemble a simple container system for a single tomato plant. Bring two 5-gallon buckets and we will supply the tomato plant and other items to make this container garden burst with tomatoes this summer. RSVP by May 19 to [email protected] or 215-362-7640.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-8 p.m. — Rain Barrel presentation by Wissahickon Watershed ~ in the lower level of the church
    Learn about the benefits of a rain barrel along with how to assemble one at your home. Rain barrels can be pre-ordered for $60 ($75 value), and are sourced from for more information. RSVP by June 9 to [email protected] or 215-362-7640; indicate if you want a rain barrel. Payment (cash or check) for the barrel may be made at the presentation.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m. — Preserving Jams & Jellies ~ in the church kitchen
    There is nothing like using seasonal fruits for jams and jellies. Come learn the simple process of making jams and jellies for your freezer or cupboards. Everyone goes away with a container to take home. RSVP by July 14 to [email protected] or 215-362-7640.
  • Saturday, August 12, 10-11:30 a.m. — Preserving Tomatoes & More ~ in the church kitchen
    Concerned with what goes into all of our tomato based products (gluten, sodium, preservatives)? Come learn how to can tomatoes, juice, salsa, and sauces that last year round. Everyone will go away with a jar of canned tomatoes! RSVP by August 4 to [email protected] or 215-362-7640.


Children’s Story & Music Time ~ Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15, 11:30 a.m.
Children and their parents are invited to a time of stories and music. Meets near the playground. Bring a blanket to sit on. Rain or shine.