New Library Service Takes Root in Mechanicsburg

The Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg is well known for its extensive inventory of books, DVDs and CDs. And now, seeds. That's right. It is now a library where patrons can borrow seeds.

Adult Services Director Rebecca Swanger says it works just like when borrowing books. From a recycled card catalog cabinet, library patrons can borrow vegetable, herb or ornamental seeds, plant them, let some of their crop go to seed, then return those seeds for others to borrow. The idea "sprouted" from the Cumberland County Commission for Women who provided "seed" money to launch the program.

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