The Tipton County Public Library is one of the county’s greatest assets. It provides residents the opportunity to borrow books, movies, or games.

It offers patrons a location to relax and unwind, quiet spaces to meet with colleagues or friends or to conduct research, and it also provides computer access for schoolwork, browsing the Internet or even just to watch a movie.


The library also enhances the community through its Summer Reading programs, Lego Club, Teen Movie Nights and other programs for children, teens and adults. 

All of that is free.

And if that’s not enough, the library just added another amazing free benefit. As part of its initiative Library of Things, and its commitment to helping library patrons “grow” as life-long learners, they’ve started a Seed Library. 

TCPL’s Seed Library is a place where community members can get a variety of gardening seeds for free. There are also several books on seed collecting and how to start a garden for beginners available. 

And the best part? The Seed Library is available to anyone who walks thru the door of the library!

“I noticed another library offering a Seed Library and thought it was a wonderful idea,” said TCPL Assistant Director Sharon Timbs. “The idea was to expand the library and offer something to the community that wasn’t being offered. We do ask that patrons take no more than six seed packets per visit to ensure everyone who wants to participate can.” 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Tipton County Public Library, the Seed Library is stocked by donations. Community members can help “grow” the Seed Library by donating their excess seeds.

“The concept of the Seed Library is just like the “take a book, leave a book” Free Little Libraries we have around Tipton County,” added Timbs. “Someone may have seeds they can’t use, have extra, or perhaps, didn’t like, but which may be perfect for someone else. Learning to garden can provide a huge savings to families.”

Sherri Onorati
Author: Sherri Onorati