Since the theme for Summer Reading is Build a Better World, the Hahnville library staff discussed developing a program to fit around this theme. “We thought it would great to make a community garden,” said Jessy Frickey, Hahnville Branch supervisor with the St. Charles Parish Library.
Frickey added, “Many public libraries are making community gardens and having great success, so we figured we would give it a shot. Our garden is 30 feet by 15 feet and we have seven in-ground beds. “
The outer perimeter of the garden is lined with chicken wire to keep critters from feasting on our vegetables.
They have tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, bell peppers, and green beans in our community garden, along with zinnias.
“Our green beans and zinnias were donated by community members,” she said. “The zinnias will add a nice pop of color to our garden as the vegetables grow.”
Frickey said their vision for this garden is to introduce a new type of programming to the community.
“Most kids and even adults have not tended a garden before, and what’s better than having an actual garden to do just that?” she said.
Renee Schmit from the LSU Ag Center will be there on June 26 to talk about seasonal vegetable planting and on July 10 to talk about controlling vegetable pests.
They also will have Garden Days on June 6, 13 and 20 and July 7, 13 and 20.
For one hour, Frickey will be in the garden if patrons want to stop by and tend to it or just stop in to say “Hello.”
She will be there to help patrons pull weeds, keep the beds trimmed, and perform general maintenance on the plants.
Glenda Revels, the library’s children’s programmer, plans on doing a few Lapsit programs on gardening and then letting the children weed and pick the produce.
Monica Tellock, library teen programmer, is promoting the community garden through the Killona Community Center.