Best of Friends Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter
Children participate in a garden program at Southwest Regional.
How Do Our Gardens Grow?
ith the recent launch of the Digging Durham Seed Library at three locations, Durham County residents and library patrons are experiencing new opportunities for learning. However, DCL has been encouraging patrons to dig in the dirt for years, with special focus on our younger population. Both the Friends and the Foundation have been great supporters of various garden programs for children and teens, and the fruits of their support can be seen throughout the system. There are currently three locations with developed gardens and regular programming geared towards children. Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center welcomes Master Gardener (and DCL Friends member) Melissa Young once a month for “What’s in Your Garden,” a program focused on toddlers and pre-schoolers. With Young’s guidance, the group learns about common garden tools and practices and helps to plant and groom the Bragtown garden. There was much excitement during a recent program when it was discovered that two tiny potatoes survived the winter months.
Both Southwest Regional and Stanford L. Warren Branch also welcome children to their gardens throughout the year with monthly programs. Southwest Regional incorporates a themed storytime and hands-on activity, targeting children ages 4-11. Through Durham Library Foundation, the House and Garden Club provided funding for this wonderful garden. Stanford L. Warren hosts a monthly Garden Club, also with the assistance of Young, with opportunities to learn many different aspects of gardening. These programs offer children a unique opportunity to connect with the library on multiple levels, allowing them to see the space as more than a building with books. They are eager to learn about the garden and are thrilled to see their seedlings grow and bloom. Most importantly, the library is educating future generations about the earth and sustainability. None of this would be possible without the support of the Friends and Foundation. Thank you for helping our gardens, and our patrons, grow!
Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter