IMG_0379_2.jpgBook-loving Garden Club members enjoy access to a large collection of resource materials through the Salt Spring Island Garden Club Library.  The many fine books cover a wide range of gardening topics, and may be borrowed by club members from one meeting until the next.  The library is divided into two sections.  An “active” collection of the most popular books is transported to each meeting, and is available for hands-on browsing and borrowing.  A “dormant” collection is kept in reserve, and its holdings are available to members by request.
Arranged and colour coded by subject, both sections of the collection offer valuable information and inspiration for both general and more specialized interests.

The entire collection is now electronically catalogued on a site hosted by Google books.  If, after browsing the catalogue, you find a book which interests you, you can request it at the library table on meeting night, or by contacting the librarian at the email address listed below.  In time, we hope to designate in each catalogue entry which books are “available at meetings” or “available by request”.  The on-line Garden Club Library catalogue can be viewed and explored by entering the following link into your browser:

http://books.google.ca/books?uid=109187500383543080442&source=gbs_lp_bookshelf_list

In addition, a printed version of the library listings is being planned, showing both “active” and “dormant” sections of the collection.  Once it is produced, this paper version of the catalogue will be available to members at the library table on meeting nights.  The only “rules” we ask borrowing club members to observe are: to have no more than three books out on loan at any given time, and to return all books at the following meeting.

Here’s to cultivating the gardens of your mind !   Andria Scanlan, club librarian     Email: ssigclibrary@gmail.com