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

seed library

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

art together

Art Together

Mason Library
Friday, July 3, 10:30am – 11:30am

A story and art playgroup for parents and children ages baby to 5.We’ll read wonderful picture books and then enjoy related arts and crafts.
Explore an array of media and creative projects, together with your children!
Sponsored by CHP & South Berkshire Kids.

Libraries Closed for Independence Day

Mason and Ramsdell
Saturday, July 4, all day
Mason and Ramsdell will be closed Saturday, July 4th, in honor of Independence Day. Have a wonderful holiday, and we’ll see you next week!

Fairview Hospital Lyme Disease Discussion

Mason Library
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 5:00-7:00pm

Fairview Hospital will present a free community health program entitled Lyme Disease: A Public Health Concern on Tuesday, July 7, 5:00 p.m. at the Mason Public Library Community Room at 231 Main Street, Great Barrington.  Join Dr. John  Bellizzi, a board-certified in Infectious Diseases physician and a member of the Fairview Hospital Medical Staff, to learn about this important issue.  Dr. Bellizzi will lead a discussion with primary care physician Dr. Susan Thompson and veterinarian Claire Blanchard as they discuss the best methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  The program is free.  Reservations are not required.  For information, please call Fairview Hospital’s Office of Community Relations at 413-854-9611.