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Seed Lending Library To Sprout Next Spring

Concord Library premieres a new program for sharing seeds, and hosts another Fowler Friday for middle schoolers.

Hey, fun friends, welcome to Monday! For those of you who have today off in honor of Veterans Day, enjoy the lovely weather – it’s a little gift before easing back into the chill of autumn. And if you DON’T have today off, well, at least make time to take a break midday and get outside to bask in the sunshine. It’s all so fleeting.

If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, you’ve probably realized what a fan I am of our local library. In fact, I think of it more as a community center, what with all the great programs they offer, like origami for kids, or film nights. Really, it seems that whatever your interest, the library works hard to make sure they have something for you.

So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover they are starting a seed lending library. I know, you’re wondering, "How can I possibly borrow seeds?" I have no idea either, but apparently they will actually have an orientation to show you how to do this.

It all goes back, really, to our agrarian roots, and encouraging the community to feed itself by growing our own food. The plan is for the library to have seeds to lend – labeled Super Easy, Easy, and Difficult. You take them, plant them, and then return some of the best seeds from the next generation for other people to borrow. Doesn’t that sound fascinating??

And don’t worry if, like me, you are gardening-challenged: They’re planning to teach exactly how to save seed for each group -- and even hope to offer organic gardening lessons.

This is so brand-new, they are the first library to offer this, though they hope the idea goes viral and that other libraries embrace it. The Seed Lending Library will be housed at the Fowler Branch, and goes live next spring, in 2013. Anyone can borrow seeds, even non-library patrons, but everyone must take the orientation to participate. You can check out a full description of the whole program right here. I think it’s really innovative, and admire them for thinking beyond books.

Oh, and they’re looking for help with creating a logo for this program by holding a logo contest. Deadline is Nov. 30, so if you’re good with design, get out your colored pencils and get a move on. Full details can be found here.

Speaking of cool library programs

The library is hosting another Fowler Friday, their movie program for middle schoolers, this Friday, November 16. They’ll be showing “Snow White & the Huntsman”, a PG-13 film, from 3 to 5 p.m., and serving refreshments – a relaxing way for kids to unwind at the end of the school week. Even better, the kids can take Bus #24 right from the school to the library; they just have to pick up a bus pass. Don’t forget, though, the library closes at 5 p.m., so you do need to pick up your kids promptly. You can direct any questions to organizer extraordinaire Karen Brown at karen.johnson.brown@comcast.net.

 

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