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Event Highlights

Library Exhibition – Illustrated Orchids in Radiant Color Friday, January 17, through Sunday, April 12
This rare book exhibition in the Lenhardt Library features beautifully brilliant and colorful orchid illustrations. Hours are from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Free library talks will be held on Sunday, February 9, and Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.  

Story Time in the Lenhardt Library  Wednesdays, January 22 through March 20 (10 to 11 a.m.)
Children are invited to enjoy nature-themed activities and stories on Wednesday mornings in the Lenhardt Library. Story time activities include songs, games, crafts, and free play. Program is geared for children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver.

Super Seed Weekend – Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26
The ninth annual Super Seed Weekend returns, with a weekend full of how-to demonstrations and gardening information, ending with a lively Seed Swap on Sunday afternoon. Saturday features fee-based classes and workshops, like Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics, Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving, and a Seed Cleaning and Storing Workshop. Preregister for our behind-the-scenes tours of the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank on Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. Sunday begins with a Seed Starting Intensive class at 9 a.m. and continues with a lecture at 1:30 p.m. by John Coykendall, master gardener of Blackberry Farm. The swap takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., filling Burnstein Hall with enthusiastic seed swapping and advice sharing. Gardeners are invited to bring saved and leftover seeds to swap, though it’s not required. There will also be a family program, Loco for Cocoa, offered on Sunday. The Seed Swap is one of our most popular gardening events of the year, and a highlight of our winter calendar. Visit for more information.