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Seymour Library, CCE of Cayuga County Launching Seed Library


Thanks to a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County, the Seymour Library is making it easier to get into gardening.

Maureen McEvers is the Seymour Library’s Director of Communications and Marketing. She told Finger Lakes News Radio that the library is launching a seed library that will allow visitors to select up to five seed packets to take home and plant. Available seeds will range from flowers to vegetables and herbs.

McEvers added that the seed library is open to all regardless of whether or not one has a library card.

“You don’t even need a library card to participate, said McEvers. “The only thing we’re asking when somebody comes in as a visitor is that they come into our main lobby and they can check out the seeds. All they need to do is sign a visitor log and the seeds are theirs to keep.”

At this time, the library is not accepting seed donations as all seeds are being provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

“In regards to sustainability, we’re suggesting that people go ahead and share the seeds and whatever they grow with friends and family,” McEvers continued.

A grand opening of the seed library is planned for April 16 at 7:00p. From there the seed library will be open during regular library hours: Monday through Wednesday from 9:00a-7:00p, Thursday through Friday from 9:00a-6:00p, and Saturday from 9:00a-5:00p.

Those with a library card will be able to take advantage of the Seymour Library’s Library of Things, a collection of themed items that can be checked out just like a set of books. One such collection is a gardening kit that features gardening tools and books to help prospective gardeners earn their green thumb.

McEvers added that The Seymour Library is also hosting a series of gardening-based workshops. Titled “Leaf, Stem, and Roots,” April’s edition will feature a discussion on growing healthy soil and nutritious food. That workshop will take place on April 18.

More information on these and other programs can be found at seymourlibrary.org.

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