Colorado institution attempts to pioneer a program to draw in readers and put them in touch with nature.

A Colorado library is laying the groundwork for community involvement—through the sharing of seeds. The branch in the small town of Basalt is currently engaged in a program that allows patrons to grow their own produce, and bring back seeds for use by fellow townspeople.

According to the American Library Association, the initiative is currently in place in several libraries nationwide. It hopes to allow libraries to “stay relevant” and bring in readers who might otherwise be content to remain at home and download their materials rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar location. As director Barbara Milnor put it,

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