The Bookmark: Carnegie Library offers ongoing Seed Swap


By Nancy Carol Sanker, The Bookmark

Achoo! Spring means many things to people in Newnan. Allergies are an unfortunate part of the season, but Spring also promises beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables.

When you think of seeds, do you think of a library? It’s time to toss your gardening hat in the air and celebrate! The Carnegie Seed Library offered a Kick Off to its Seed Swap on April 9, but this program is ongoing.

There are over 20 different vegetable seeds and almost 30 varieties of flower seeds for you to choose from, but the best news is that you are allowed to check out 10 packets of seeds from the Carnegie Library at a time! Then the hope is that gardeners will bring in their harvested seeds to help perpetuate the program. Seed Swaps have grown throughout the country. Aren’t we fortunate to have one here in our community? Thanks to Keep Newnan Beautiful for contributing to this fresh endeavor.

Speaking of new offerings, the Central Library at 85 Literary Lane will host Mocktails and Tunes on April 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.. Celebrate Spring on the patio while sipping non-alcoholic beverages and listening to acoustic music. The bonus is a drop-in craft center for the kids. No reservations needed.

Did you know that the Senoia Library at 148 Plyant St. is the 12th most attractive library in the entire state of Georgia? Jimmy Bass, director of the Coweta County Library System, which includes the Central, Senoia, Powell and Grantville libraries, is proud of that well-deserved honor! Visit the Senoia branch on Monday, April 22 at 11:00 for Art in the Morning, led by Ms. Erin, a high school art instructor with 10 years’ experience. This event is open to individuals 15 years and older. Enjoy painting beautiful cupcakes followed by coffee/tea and…. cupcakes! Register at 770-599-3539.

April = Extra Savings for Educators, Pre-K- Grade 12 at Barnes and Noble every weekend in the month of April. Teachers receive an additional 5% on top of their usual 20% savings. What a great way to help fill an Easter basket!

Book Clubs Notes

The Central Library has three book clubs:

Page Turners will discuss One Second After by William R. Forstchen on April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The Millennial Book Club will talk about Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler on April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Inspiring Reads will explore Born a Crime, Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah on May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

SummerGrove’s Cottages Book Club will open a Little Free Library, Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m., around the corner from the Town Hall, 333 SummerGrove Parkway. Authors Jennifer Leigh (The Spill and Time for Bed with Ford and Red) and Jennifer Swanson (Brain Games – a National Geographic Kids publication and American Girl – Pearl Harbor) will be there to sell/sign books and cut the ribbons. There will also be a make your own bookmark table and cookies.

Ka-ching! Literacy is a priceless gift which should be available to every child in Coweta County. Start squirreling away your coins for the September Coweta Ferst Foundation Coin Drive. Thanks to the United Bank who counts and deposits the coins from each Coweta County School and awards each elementary, middle and high school who collects the most with $100. Last year this fundraiser made it possible to mail a book, which included parent activities to over 4,800 preschoolers. If you don’t have a child in our school system, I bet you know someone who would love to tote your contributions to school!

Speaking of children … a book called The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld should be required reading. A bad thing happens to Taylor. A very bad thing. A host of characters try to help, but the truth is, they don’t. A rabbit has a simple solution and it is magical. Read this book to become an even better friend than you already are.

There you have it. Spring is about gardens, hope and fresh beginnings. Sometimes it’s about sowing real seeds, like those offered by the Carnegie Library. And other times the seed is a simple life-changing book suggestion.


(Nancy Carol Sanker landed in Newnan via Ohio, Colorado and California. The constants in her life are her love of family, friends, fundraising and books. Nine years ago, she created Lights for Linda to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her sister. Now she will illuminate the literary opportunities and fundraisers our community offers readers of all ages.  Nancy’s 11-year-old book club provides fresh, new titles while her two and eight-year-old grandchildren keep her aware of books for “littles.” Who knew a cow could type? Your contributions about book clubs, Little Free Libraries, events and fundraisers will lead the The Bookmark to success! [email protected].)

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