- Andy Sadler
Charlotte Library Provides a New Service: Seeds
The Charlotte Community Library is partnering with the Charlotte community Seed Share to create a new seed library that the community can take advantage of. According to their Facebook page, Charlotte Community Seed Share is a volunteer group that is dedicated to helping community members grow their own productive gardens and to helping each other grow, harvest, and save seeds. Seed sharing is a local, national and international effort, usually offered through educational institutions or community services such as libraries. It provides seeds as well as accepts donated seeds to offer these resources to the community. According to Sarah Horn, an Olivet College graduate and adult services librarian at the library, this has been a movement from other surrounding libraries and has served to be a good community builder. “We chose the library, one, because I was here, two, because it will draw people in the community and then it's just, it's a central location instead of going to City Hall or anything like that. And you know they kind of correlate, library of books, library of seeds, so it’s a smart mix.” David Votta, library director, feels like this seed library will serve as a good way to bring the community together. “I see the library as a place to host space for the community and this is a very worthy effort, getting healthy food in the hands of residents, and also this is around community building - the seed exchange itself – this way the community, residents are helping one another.” This service is available to all community members during the library’s open hours, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the library at 206 Bostwick Street, or call 517-543-8859.