Public Libraries, a seed at a time

MH910221031It has been a bit quiet over here lately. I’ve been taking in the last week of my pseudo-vacation: reading a few graphic novels, running through some interesting reads that will be posted soon, but in the meantime, I came across this lovely story over on NPR, How To Save a Public Library: Make it a Seed Bank,

Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.

Once the seeds are returned patrons place them in an envelope with their names written on them so they get credit. This is a curious project and according to the comments section of the story, it appears that other libraries also participate in similar programs. This is an interesting avenue for libraries to explore and I am eager to know if anyone has had first-hand experience with such programs or any other diverse and unexpected public library programs.


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