Programs & Events
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The Seed Library is a project of Merrickville Public Library and Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford to provide free vegetable, herb and flower seeds to the community.
We would like to thank Mackenzie Seeds and Habitat Seeds for their generous donation of seeds to our Library for 2023.
The goal of the Seed Library is to promote healthy local food and exercise options to enhance wellness and food security.
The Seed Library also gives local growers the chance to share seeds they have grown successfully over the years — in some cases, seeds that have been cultivated locally for generations.
Starting Seeds: Check out this handy guide from West Coast Seeds for when to start many popular varieties.
“Pay it Forward”: Seed donations from local growers and those using the Seed Library are important to make the Seed Library sustainable for the future. Monetary donations to purchase seeds are also welcome.
We would like to thank the Merrickville Lions Club for providing start-up funding for this initiative.
Saving and Donating Seeds >
We are particularly interested in seeds of vegetables and herbs to support local healthy food supplies, but flower seeds are also welcome. Diversity of plants is key to a healthy garden.
The best way to save seeds depends on the type of plant. This link has lots of detailed information for different types of plants.
Seed donations can be dropped off at the library anytime in the fall or spring. Please make sure that your seeds are clearly marked with the
- Year collected
- Type of plant and variety of plant (e.g., red cherry tomato; autumn beauty sunflower)
- Any extra information that may be helpful (how deep to plant seeds, when to start them, amount of sun, soil, etc.).
Contact the Library for more information.
Join Mary Kate on Friday mornings at 10:00 am for theme-related stories, songs, rhymes, rhythm instruments and a simple craft.
StoryTime is a great opportunity for your preschooler or toddler to build early literacy and motor skills. It’s a chance to meet with other parents and caregivers and for kids to spend time together. StoryTime is also a relaxed and welcoming setting to practice participating in group activities, taking turns, and paying attention.
Join the TD Summer Reading Club for school-aged kids! Register for an activity notebook and stickers. Be part of our fabulous Summer Prize Draw – the books you read earn tickets to enter for the prize of your choice. Do the Summer Reading Club independently or participate in our Maker activities through the summer.
Studies show that summer reading programs help prevent summer “learning loss” and improve reading performance – and they’re fun!
Summer Reading Club runs in July and August and is sponsored by the TD Financial Group.
The Merrickville Public Library and the Merrickville Trails Society have worked together to create a Story Trail along the Woodland-Toboggan Hill Trail. Based on the StoryWalkTM concept, the Story Trail stations pages from a children’s picture book along the path for walkers to enjoy.
The Story Trail encourages families to share time together reading a good book and exploring nature. Combining the two makes both more fun for kids. This project received support from the Merrickville Lions Club, Rideau Community Health Services, Merrickville Heritage Classic Run, Coba Studios & Printing, and the Village of Merrickville-Wolford.
The “Library Readers” Book Club meets at the Library at 10:00 am on the 2nd Tuesday of the month to discuss that month’s book (chosen by the members). Books are supplied by the Library.
The Library can also supply books for other community book clubs on request.
Off the Shelf is a monthly evening of readings for adult listeners, selected from a variety of books, short stories, poetry and more. Join us for an evening of literary gems and light refreshments.
Off the Shelf runs from September to June.