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Seed lending library

By Sean Reinhart

HAYWARD, Calif. -- 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.

A “Plan-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, April 13
11 a.m.
Hayward main Library
835 C Street, Hayward
(510) 293-8685

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