Mesa Library offers a seed lending program
The Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., is partnering with the Garden Pool and offering a seed lending program. The Seed Library is stored in an unused card catalog on the second floor of the Main Library. Any Mesa Public Library card holder can check out up to three seed packets per month, plant and donate seeds back to the Seed Library at the end of the growing season.
The Mesa Library is only one of a few libraries in Arizona to offer a seed lending program. This movement has been spreading throughout the United States to create a sustainable and diverse stock of seeds for households and communities to freely access.
“We’ve always valued partnerships at the Library,” Mesa Library Director, Heather Wolf said. “The Garden Pool has been pursuing a seed lending program and needed a place and volunteers for it to become a reality. Naturally, we thought this partnership would flourish based on the success of our Stuff-brary and other non-traditional lending programs at the Library. We are excited to see how this program will grow in the near future.”
The Seed Library will focus on edible plants that are well suited for the Arizona climate and terrain. There will be future free classes at the Library on seed starting, seed saving and how to cook from your garden.
Patrons can access the Seed Library during regular Library hours Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday.
The Seed Library is run entirely on volunteers. To volunteer or to learn more about the Garden Pool, visit: www.GardenPool.org/volunteer. To learn more about Mesa Library’s “Stuff-brary” program, visit: www.MesaLibrary.org or call (480) 644-3100.
Oct. 19, 2015
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros