Kids get their hands dirty at the library

Dana Wible, youth services associate, shows Gabe McKay how to plant a delicate seedling

On May 9, Noble Neighborhood Library staff and some young patrons celebrated the opening of gardening season by planting vegetables in the library’s new garden.

Throughout the summer, library staff will encourage kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to learn about gardening, and help take care of the Noble Neighborhood Library garden, by participating in the Green Thumbs Gardening Club. The club will meet monthly on Thursdays at 2 p.m., on June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14. The Noble Neighborhood Library is at 2800 Noble Road.

"The kids get to take an active role in the planting and upkeep of the garden, and they learn new things every time they participate,” said Dana Wible, youth services associate. “It's fun to see the wonder on their faces when they realize they are able to grow food with their own hands and hard work—but I think the part they like best is playing in the dirt!"

The Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road, will also have a children’s garden and sponsor summer gardening-related activities for kids ages 9–12. Lee Road Library’s Green Thumb Club will meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., on June 24, July 8 and 22, and Aug. 5 and 19.

For more information on these and other library programs, visit

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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