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April 9, 2013 > Seed lending library

Seed lending library

Submitted By Sean Reinhart

Hayward Public Library will unveil a new Seed Lending Library on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Downtown Main Library. The "Hayward Seed Lending Library" will operate as a community seed exchange in which borrowers will be able to "check out" a wide variety of flower and vegetable seeds to plant in their gardens for home use. Seed library borrowers will also learn how to harvest seeds from the fully grown plants to return to the seed exchange.

The event marks the beginning of a four-week "Seed Read" Book-to-Action program to promote literacy, healthy living, sustainable gardening and access to locally grown fresh produce. The event will include exercise classes, information presented by local health agencies, book discussions and live readings and family entertainment. To help encourage our community to grow and consume wholesome food, not only will the library unveil its new Seed Lending Library, but it will promote Seed Read's featured book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray, and the children's book Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert.

A "Plant-a-Thon" will be the highlight of the April 13 grand opening event. Community members will plant seeds in biodegradable seed pots. The seeds will be cared for and germinated on the rooftop of the Main Library for four weeks. On May 11, community members will return to the library to take home their seedlings to plant in their gardens. In the Fall, the library will offer a series of workshops and demonstrations showing how to save seeds from the fully grown and harvested plants, thus completing the cycle, and returning the "borrowed" seeds to the Library.

For more information about the Hayward Seed Lending Library and Plant-a-Thon, call (510) 293-8685 or visit the library director's blog:

Seed Lending Library Unveiling
Saturday, Apr 13
11 a.m.
Hayward Main Library
835 C Street, Hayward
(510) 293-8685

Additional FREE Seed Read activities planned:

Garden Workshop
Wednesday, April 24
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to save and plant seeds and grow your own vegetables
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

Building Healthy Families!
Saturday, Apr 20
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tools and recipes for improving your family's health
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward
(510) 881-7945.

Book Discussion: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray
Monday, Apr 22
6:30 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

Meet Award-winning Author Janisse Ray via Skype
Saturday, Apr 27
2 p.m.
Hayward Main Library, 835 C Street, Hayward

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