BASIL Inspires Reinvention of Public Libraries

An article in USA today highlights the success public libraries have had in expanding beyond books to craft supplies, tools, science equipment and more. One of the most popular new items on library shelves are seeds, which can now be found in 55 public libraries across the country, and counting. While seed saving is a very old idea, many point to the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) housed at the Ecology Center, as the first modern incarnation. BASIL is now in it’s 15th year, and the idea behind the seed library is more relevant than ever. Read the full article here. For resources on how to start a seed library near you, head to Richmond Grows Seed Library’s site. And check out BASIL’s new site here to see what we’re up to.

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