Start-ups often need seed money to help them launch, and Eden Valley’s Seed Library has given this concept a new twist. Saturday, Feb. 15, the Eden Valley Area Library hosted a Spring Seed Exchange, free and open to the public. The garden seed available for checkout came primarily from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, and a legacy from one of their long-time members.
Mary Ann Fox lived in Indiana, and she loved beans. Her bean collection included more than 200 varieties, and when she passed away, her family looked to Seed Savers Exchange for help. Pat and Anne Benson traveled to Decorah in July to attend a conference and learn more about saving seed and seed libraries, and listened to Aaron Burmeister from Seed Savers appeal to attendees to share in the legacy and take home some of Mary Ann’s beans. At the end of the weekend, more than a hundred varieties of beans had found a new home, yet a hundred plastic bottles of seed remained. These beans became part of the start-up collection of our local Seed Library and are now available to gardeners in the Eden Valley area.
Sunday night, Feb. 16, 7-10 p.m. (no school the next day) special events are planned for grades 7-12.
Library book checkout is from 7-7:30 p.m. This is a good time to apply for your library card.
Bring your favorite games and your own pop. Munchies and music will be provided.
This evening is hosted by Larry and Marilyn Peterson and friends.
If you have questions, please call (320) 290-1011.
Enjoy a soothing morning and give yourself a lift with good vibrations at the Annandale Public Library 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Local musician Katherine Strand will play a variety of music on her Celtic harp in the library, suitable for all ages. Her performance is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.
Teens and adults are invited to learn the art of Steampunk Jewelry making with artist Jen Anfinson at the Kimball Public Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Steampunk is a style inspired by vintage clockwork and steam-driven mechanical influences. Anfinson will teach participants new skills and show them how to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from unexpected pieces such as clock parts, keys, chains, ribbons and more. All supplies are included, and participants may bring additional pieces to incorporate. The attendance limit is 12 and preregistration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information, contact the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.