Seed Library – Ready to Go!

This year we applied and received a Service Improvement Grant for the creation of a seed library!

The old card catalog will be used to house available seed for checkout! (We are so glad we kept it!)
A dehydrator, fine scale, seed and envelops have been purchased! The dehydrator will be used to save seed from local gardeners.
Several books have been purchased about saving seeds and it’s history – come check them out!


seed library is an institution that lends or shares seed. It is not a seed bank where the main purpose to store or hold seeds against possible destruction. The goal is disseminate them to the public, which preserves the shared plant varieties through propagation and further sharing of seed. Seeds do not hold their viability forever even in a vault.


Just as traditional libraries enrich a community by providing a way to share books, seed libraries enrich the gardening community by allowing gardeners to share seeds. There are many parallels.

Seed libraries offer a more efficient way to deploy community resources. They encourage experimentation, affording gardeners (or aspiring gardeners) a low-risk way to try something new. They provide a supported entrance into the gardening world for novices. And seed libraries support a kind-of botanical literacy, teaching people what different plants look like and how they grow.

Seed libraries also support information sharing and preservation. Gardening is a localized knowledge, built through experience. While written guidelines can be helpful, person-to-person information sharing is how gardeners can learn how to be successful in their own unique environments.

Locally, we know about the Turkey Red Wheat. Today, a vast number of modern wheat varieties grown in Kansas can be genetically traced to Turkey Red. The state is one of the world’s top wheat producing regions today largely due to the legacy of winter wheat varieties like Turkey Red.


How we anticipate the Seed Library working                          ~~FLEXIBLE~~

  • All kinds of seed donations – either commercially packaged (left over seed) and saved heirloom seeds
    • The saved seed will include a form providing information such as variety, harvest year and location, contact information and growing notes.
  • Repackage donations into small envelopes with attached information label. (suggested: between 9-15 seeds per packet depending on seed size)
  • Sort packets into card catalog and list on excel sheet to maintain inventory.
  • “Check out” seeds to patrons with no strings attached – in the hopes that perhaps some will be willing to bring seeds back to grow the library.

Hoping for?            

Seed donations!

Hoping to tap into some of the local heritage seed collections!

Volunteers to help stock, package etc.

Come talk to us if you have any questions, or ideas, would like to volunteer time or donate seeds!


Libraries ROCK! Summer Reading Program 2018

Goessel Public Library encourages children to learn and be creative with their Libraries ROCK program.
The library combines music and reading activities to keep students reading over the summer. This summer program makes sure kids won’t hit another brick in the wall when they get back to school.

We started the program in an exploration of stringed instruments.


Then transitioned to ROCKETS –cause libraries can rock(et) too!

For our third event we did some experimentation with air or wind instruments.

This week we Rocked Rhythm instruments!



Check out our Facebook Page for a video of the steel drum in action!

We’ve also been rocking “I Know a Chicken!” and “Baby Shark”

What will we do for our final Summer Reading Program event? I’m sure we will have a ROCKING good time!



Registration for activities and prizes are requested but not required. We will never turn away a reader! Prizes will be distributed until they are gone.


AFTER all the prizes have been earned, then for every level reached the reading will receive a raffle ticket for the item of their choice pictured below. The last day to receive raffle tickets will be August 6, 2018. The winners of the raffles will be notified to come receive their prize!  There will be one pizza raffled for both the Preschool through 5th and the youth. Only youth will be eligible for the iTunes gift card.

Preschool Storytime has begun!

Chick Day at the Library!

Today we were all about chicks and chickens! We sang “I know a chicken” with our shaky eggs and made those shaky eggs into chicks. Then we even got to hold one week old chicks.


Summer Reading- STEM Camp: Construction

It’s been a busy morning! This camp was all about construction. First we used tongue depressors to create catapults and exploding stick structures. The structures are held together by the tension that is created when weaving the depressors together. We tried making the longer chain reaction but that’s going to take more practice and time. Finally, kits from the Construction STEM tub were used to build transformers and ramps. We had a great time!