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Seeds at the North Castle Library

North Castle Seed Library is open!

Yes, you can again get seeds from the North Castle Public Library. It’s not too late! If you plant annual flowers now, you can have blooms in August and September. Some of our native perennials should actually be planted in the fall for blooms next summer. Or you might want to grow herbs, or an autumn crop of peas. Why not give some free seeds a try?

Questions you may have:

Q: Are the seeds sterile?
A: Absolutely! You don’t have to worry about getting germs from these paper seed packets. They were prepared in February, and the library has been thoroughly cleaned since then.  The virus does not last for more than three days on paper.

Q: But will they still be sterile when I get them?
A: Yes, of course! The only people who will touch your seed packets are a librarian wearing gloves and you!

Q: Will the seeds still grow?
A: Yes, most of them were packaged for this year and they should grow. If you’re looking for an easy seed-growing experience with your children, we recommend nasturtiums, zinnias, and peas. There are tips for growing seeds in our borrowing catalog.

Q: Okay! I’d like some seeds. How do I get them, and how many can I take?
You can take up to ten packets. Just list them on our online form. Here’s how:

  1. Look here through our online listing of plants, and then click on this link to download the form.
  2. Fill out the Seed check out 2020 to be filled, including your name and your library card number, and save it.
  3. Email it to Mary Johnson at or mail it to:

The North Castle Public Library
ATTN: Mary Johnson
19 Whippoorwill Road East
Armonk, NY 10504

  1. When I get your form, I will pull your seeds and put them in an envelope for you. Depending on your preference, I will either mail your seeds to you or else put them on the hold shelf for you to pick up in person.
  2. Remember, you can always contact me at 914-273-3887 x 3 or!