The Oxford Mississippi Public Library has opened its Seed Lending Library.
A library patron brought an article about a seed lending library in another town, to the Oxford Public Library Library Director, Laura Beth, and suggested she start something similar. I was standing nearby and had to chime in since I had one visited and written about such a library in Magnolia Springs, AL. Laura Beth said she’d look into it, took my email address and blog information so she could read about Magnolia Springs, and said she’d contact me to help, if she felt it was a good idea.
So Laura Beth and I worked together contacting seed companies for donations. Success! She was able to obtain some small card/file cabinets to store the seeds in and invited me to organize the drawers. My boys came with me and we separated by type (vegetable, herb, flower/ornamental grass), alphabetized, made dividers and filed them away in the cabinets. I think my guys actually had fun with this.
The seed lending library is open and Laura Beth tells me it is popular. Please stop by and check it out. Hopefully you can find something you can use in your garden.
To educate the local patrons of the library and to promote the seed lending library, we will be holding a luncheon gardening workshop, on June 10. I will be talking about the seed library, and will instruct the adults in attendance on how to save seeds to add back to the library.
On July 15, I will be teaching in the kid’s summer library program about gardening, how to save seeds and why. I’ll also have an activity for the kiddos.
Both workshops require a reservation as space is limited.
Be sure to check the library’s schedule for these and other summer activities.
Laura Beth and I want to thank the library patron, mentioned above, for bringing this idea to the Oxford Public Library.
For more information, call the library at 662-234-5751.