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There's a garden at the library

Community gardens and food gardens in schools have become a common sight in many communities.  Education experts say that “Food gardens are an ideal way for children to develop knowledge and practical skills in garden maintenance, environmental monitoring, organic recycling and food production. They also provide the opportunity to promote healthy eating and a sustainable lifestyle.” 

So it’s interesting to see some public libraries joining the gardening movement creating communal garden space for local residents and in some cases these are also used for children’s gardening workshops.  In NSW there are examples of community gardens hosted by libraries including Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Library
 http://mnclibrary.org.au/newsevents/2014/1/13/calling-all-green-thumbs.html, the Haberfield Community Garden at the Haberfield Library Centre http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/community_gardens.html ,  the Sustainability Street garden at Artarmon Library http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/your-neighbourhood/community-gardens/ and Campbelltown H.J. Daley Community Garden https://hjdaleylibrarygarden.wordpress.com/ .  If you know of others please let us know!
Further reading:
Kallunki, S. (2015). A Bumper Crop of Ideas. Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children, 13(2), 21-25. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=103155481&site=ehost-live
Hwang Lynch, G. (2014). Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast. School Library Journal, 60(8). Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2014/08/programs/dig-it-libraries-are-creating-gardens-to-expand-their-mission/

It’s interesting to see some public libraries joining the community gardening movement creating communal garden space for local residents.  It's a good example of community engagement and in some cases the gardens are also used for children’s programs.  In New South Wales there are examples of community gardens hosted by libraries including: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Library, the Haberfield Community Garden at the Haberfield Library Centre,  the Sustainability Street garden at Artarmon Library and Campbelltown's H.J. Daley Community Garden.  If you know of others please let us know!


Library garden - Port Macquarie Library

"Library garden - Port Macquarie Library" by State Library of NSW Public Library Services (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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