You Must Check Out This New Library

June 06, 2011

A Chicago home that has helped countless residents is doing so again.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will open a public heirloom seed library that will provide free seeds to local gardeners and urban farmers.

The library has become possible thanks to a grant of more than $15,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ new “Sparks! Ignition” program, which funds innovations that use time and money most productively to expand library and museum services.

sunflower seedlingsThe museum was the only recipient in Illinois and one of only 14 nationwide.

The library will work similar to a conventional library, without the books. Users can check out regionally adapted seeds to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as long as they agree to plant the seeds, nurture the plants and return some seeds from the next generation at the end of the season.

Your library card will also provide access to reference guides and urban gardening workshops.

“The seed library will foster sustainable food systems throughout the city,” said museum director Lisa Lee.

“It will make a necessary resource accessible to a broad group of people, create a new community of urban farmers, and bridge those who grow for fun and those who must grow out of necessity.”

The seed library will add to the many other free Hull-House Museum projects that support the local food movement, including the Re-Thinking Soup luncheon discussion series, canning classes, an urban farm and a farmers’ market.

For more information on the Hull-House Seed Library, visit uic.edu.

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