Gardening young plant into bed.

by Head Librarian Sherri McConnell

I’m ready to plan my garden when March arrives. I’ve ordered and organized my seeds to fit as much as possible into my little garden. My young apple trees and raspberry row overlook my bed of delicious strawberries and vegetables.

Edible landscaping is one of my hobbies, and I look for interesting fruits and vegetables to use. That’s why I’m excited that CADL’s digital format magazines are even easier to access through the Overdrive website and the Libby app.

Until February Overdrive and Libby were my sources for the audiobooks I listen to on my commute. Now I can also read the latest issue of Organic Gardener and Mother Earth News. I also like to cook what I grow, so I can check out the latest issues of Food Network Magazine, Taste of Home and Cook’s Illustrated. You can access Overdrive through the CADL website, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services – OverDrive or on the Libby app, found in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

If you’re as excited as I am to start gardening, we have big news for you! Starting in March the Stockbridge Branch is offering a seed library! We are participating in One Seed, One State, a network of Michigan libraries providing bean seeds. We also have a small library of mostly vegetable and some flower seeds that community members can request. Our inventory can be found at, and you can order seeds by calling the library at 517-851-7810 or requesting seeds for contactless pick-up at

Capital Area District Libraries’ Stockbridge branch is located at 200 Wood St. For more information, call 517-851-7810 or visit

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