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More Than Books Community Garden

A hopeful dream in the fall of 2013, blossomed into an idea and then into a plan. The idea was a space where members of the community were able to learn, discover, create, and grow–a green space that merged the roots of our rural community with the desire to foster new opportunities for all residents. Our dream became a reality with the help of grants from the International Paper Foundation and Walmart, as well as support and donations from local area businesses.

We embarked on a plan to set up a handicap accessible garden plot utilizing a 1,200 square foot lot adjacent to our building. Ground breaking commenced on Saturday, April 12, 2014, with the help of area residents, student volunteers from Northern Illinois University, and library staff.

The unused lot was transformed into a community oasis of organic edible landscape, complete with lush garden beds, and an inviting park bench and picnic table. Those who lend a hand are encouraged to harvest and enjoy the fruits and vegetables, while extra food will be donated to local food banks. Our first season has been a success; however, this project is only beginning. In order to make our community garden truly flourish, we need your help. Follow the links above to see how you can take part in making our library and the More Than Books Community Garden a lasting part of our community.