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Oakville Public Library expands Seed Library to all branches

April 19, 2018

This past week, Oakville Public Library (OPL) rang in the spring season by officially opening its sought-after Seed Library. The library, which is now available at all six OPL branches, offers a selection of organic and non-hybrid, untreated seeds that customers can use for growing plants in their personal gardens.

Like all of OPL’s collections, customers are able to “borrow” from the collection free of charge, using only their library card.

There are currently 10 types of seeds available in the collection, including eggplant, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, and lavender. This year’s seeds were purchased from William Dam Seeds Ltd., a local farm in Dundas, ON.

Once the customer has grown their plants and nurtured them to maturity, they are encouraged to harvest the seeds and return them to the library. All returned seeds are placed back into the Seed Library for the following year’s collection, providing additional seeds for more individuals to participate in the future.

The OPL Seed Library project launched last year as an initiative to help strengthen customer relationships and build a culture of sharing within the community. In addition, the collection helps promote healthy lifestyles and provides an educational experience for customers to better-understand agriculture and sustainability.

The Seed Library was originally established from a very generous donation made by avid Oakville Public Library supporters, Richard and Barbara Birkett. Mr. Birkett has been a long-time donor, was a former board member, and has volunteered with the library over the past 35 years. OPL also received its initial collection of seeds as a donation from Ball Seed, a Chicago-based company.

For more information on the OPL Seed Library, including growing and harvesting instructions, please visit www.opl.ca/seeds.