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Amazing Seeds: A Kids Guide to Strange and Wonderful Garden Veggies

From Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Is your library or school running a gardening program for kids? Are you homeschooling and have kids interested in gardening? Baker Creek is offering a gardening booklet for kids – free multiple copies.

From an email:

“Baker Creek has published a kids’ gardening booklet? Yes! This fun and informative publication, Amazing Seeds: A Kids Guide to Strange and Wonderful Garden Veggies, contains 32 color pages of interesting facts and how tos for growing veggies. And the best part? We are happy to send quantities of booklets for FREE to schools and homeschool groups, as well as to libraries and special events. Just send an email to,“Attn: Free Kids Book” in the subject line.”

Dreaming of summer and seed starting? The Voorheesville (NY) Public Library has started a Seed Library. Stop by the library and check out some seeds. I understand some of them were donated by Baker Creek! The library has a fun Pinterest board for seed library ideas.

Clifton Park Halfmoon Staff Day

Many thanks to Alex Gutelius and Angela Strong for inviting me to speak at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library staff day. Slides from the presentation “The Future is Now!” are available for you to download.


Clifton Park Halfmoon

Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library

Flower Power Fund Raiser

Being a gardener and a library fan, this is my idea of the perfect fundraiser! With Flower Power you set up a fundraising page for your organization and your organization gets 50% of the sales. Looks like it’s very easy to set up and the products come from two of my favorite gardening catalogs: Dutch Gardens & Gardeners Supply.  Anyone for tomatoes? Yum!!

flower power

Flower Power

What a fun way to connect with your community, offer a service that many people would be happy to use and benefits the library. It’s very easy to think of programs and summer projects to go along with fundraiser. How about a community garden at the library, followed by a harvest feast?

This fundraising page is for the Hadley-Luzerne (NY) Library, part of  the Southern Adirondack Library System.

Kids Create Library Promo Videos

A couple of great videos created by the kids at the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library in Milton, NY.

In the first one the kids tell why they like the library: books, computers, hanging out with friends, lemonade!

And the second, an appeal to voters to get out and support the library budget in November.

Creative and fun! This library participated in a summer reading mini-grant project sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The grant provided video cameras and training on editing video (full disclosure – I had great fun doing the training session). Many of the videos are now posted on the NYS Summer Reading site.

Thanks to Marilyn Fino of the Milton Library for sending these in!

“It’s My Story” – Seniors Memory Project

It's My Story “It’s My Story” is a lovely project by the East Greenbush (NY) Community Library that celebrates the stories of seniors who live at a nearby retirement center. Stories and photos were combined to create online memory books.

But what a neat surprise it was for me to get an email from my cousin saying her mother was one of the participants. I’m looking forward to the reception where printed copies of the books will be presented to the participants and they’ll share their stories with the community.

The library will host a reception and storytelling program celebrating the stories in words and pictures of some of the local, vibrant senior citizens who reside at Hawthorne Ridge. Professional storyteller Mary Murphy will entertain and enlighten our audience with stories of how this project evolved and the wonderful stories shared by the residents. Kathy Nardarcci is the project’s photography consultant who instructed the residents on digital camera usage and enabled the creation of their storybooks. A display featuring the photographic storybooks will be on display during the whole month of September at the library. The event is open to all. This project was made possible by an Outreach grant from the Upper Hudson Library System, the Friends of the East Greenbush Library and Northeast Health’s Hawthorne Ridge Retirement Community. (via:  events calendar)

“A Book for Every Mood” – teen video

Isn’t this video great? Part of the summer reading video project at the Higland (NY) Public Library. Thanks to Theresa Zacek for sending these on to me.

A Book for Every Mood written, performed and filmed by the teens.

And don’t miss their Little Red and the Pigs Revenge!! and the instructions for an Origami Star Box

As part of their summer reading programs, the Mid-Hudson and Ramapo-Catskill library systems provided mini-grants for member libraries to buy small video cameras for the kids and teens to make movies. And I conducted workshops for the staff on movie editing and camera use. What fun we had.

But not as much fun as the kids seem to be having making movies!  As the summer draws to a close, the videos are pouring in and I’m having a great time watching them.  We’re posting a selection of them on the NYS Summer Reading web site.