Seed Library:  A Collaboration between Greenagers, Project Native and Mason Public Library

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Everyone knows Mason is a great place to come borrow books and movies, but have you ever thought of coming to the library to borrow seeds? The Seed Library’s mission is to give community members free seeds to grow fresh, healthy vegetables through the growing season. We celebrate biodiversity, nurture locally adapted plant varieties, and foster community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.  It operates on the honor system.  You become a member automatically when you take out seeds to plant.  We encourage all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques.  Collaborators will provide workshops for participants to learn how to save their seeds for themselves and return seed to the library for the next growing season.  Returned seed will allow us to keep the library well stocked.  Want to join in? It’s easy:

  • Fill out your Member Seed Record at the library.
  • Select your seed packets from the card catalog box located near the Director’s office in the Mason Library and check them out by recording them on your Member Seed Record. You may only take one packet of seed for each type.
  • Return home to grow your seeds!
  • When it is time to save seeds, please follow the instructions available at the Seed Library table to ensure that we have strong, healthy seed for next season!
  • Take the healthy, saved seeds back to the drop box at the Mason Library by December 1. Please be sure to label seeds with your name, plant name and any useful information regarding plant performance and location.

If you have any questions, email:

What’s New at the Great Barrington Libraries

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Genealogical Help with Richard Pope

Mason Library
Wednesday, May 27, 5:00-7:00pm

Are you interested in researching your family’s genealogy? Don’t know where to start or have a specific higer-level question?  Sign up for a free 20 minute personal session with local expert Richard M. Pope. Ask at Mason’s circulation desk to see what time he has available!
All library programs are free and open to the public.
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Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshops for Mothers & Others

Ramsdell Library
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30-7:45pm

Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence?  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say?  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops.
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Meditation: Nourish the Heart and Soul

Mason Library
Saturday, May 30, 1:00-3:00pm

We are all searching for love and serenity. Through meditation- the practice of focusing within, we can find a love that is eternal and a peace that will never leave us. Discover the power of meditation to nurture our hearts and strengthen our spirits to create a joyous and fulfilling life. Please join Dr. Andrew Vidich, author, educator and international speaker  with over 40 years of daily meditation experience for this exciting and entertaining workshop.
Library programs are free and open to the public.