The Herrick Library offers a wide variety of sustainability resources


Do you consider yourself a laid-back nature enthusiast who wants to step up a gear? Are you curious about sustainability topics, but don’t know where to start?

You can dip your toes in the waters of sustainability with a wide variety of resources at the Herrick District Library – and with everything we have in April, now’s the perfect time to get started!

For research enthusiasts, the library has a few databases that might be of interest. The AGRICOLA database contains bibliographic records from the National Agricultural Library of the US Department of Agriculture, providing millions of citations relating to the field of agriculture. You can often find comprehensive journal articles to support your agricultural research.

If you can’t find what you need in AGRICOLA, The Environment Complete database is another place to look for help with your research project, high school paper, or personal question. You can find all of the library’s databases online in the Science and Nature section of our website’s Online Resources webpage.

On the other hand, if you’re less interested in academic research and want something you can use with your hands, you might explore the library of things. Try an air quality monitor or GoalZero solar kit to test in your home. Get a bird call ID or a wildlife sighting kit to take on a hike. The library even has a telescope you can use to explore the night sky. Anyone 18 or older with a Herrick library card can use the Library of Things.

Most seeds in the Seed Library come from other customers who have grown the plants in previous years, a sustainability movement supported by the Herrick District Library.

As the weather gets warmer and sunnier in April, gardeners might enjoy a break the HDL seed library. At the Main Library or the North Branch, patrons can choose from a variety of vegetable, flower and herb seeds to grow in their gardens.

With the exception of a small collection of “Feature Seeds”, designed to help new stewards learn how to use a seed library, we are proud to say that our catalog is mostly filled with community donations, rescued from gardens all over the world. Holland. You too can save your seeds and ‘hand them over’ to the Seed Library so others can ‘borrow’ them next year!

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On April 29, customers will once again be able to participate in the annual Arbor Day tree seedling distribution. Celebrate Arbor Day and add to the beauty of Holland by planting a tree. Pick up a free tree seedling at the Herrick District Library while supplies last. A limited amount of seedlings will also be available at our North Branch location.

And, of course, don’t forget the books! We have lots of books. We also provide staff-curated book lists on a variety of sustainability topics. Among these is a brand new list of books recommended by the staff at the Outdoor Discovery Center – perfect for Earth Day later this month! To see on the home page of our site,

— Hannah Gingrich is a public services assistant at the Herrick District Library.

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The MiSustainable Holland column is a collection of community voices sharing updates on local sustainability initiatives.


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