Seeds for Earth Day!

Pellissippi Earth Day Celebrations April 20, 2017

Pellissippi Earth Day 2017 celebrations.

The PSCC Seed Library and Hardin Valley Campus Garden participated in Pellissippi’s Earth Day celebrations. Students, staff, and faculty planted seed starts to take home, signed up to volunteer in the campus garden, and learned some basics about starting seeds and organic gardening. Together we’re changing the world one seed at a time.

Pellissippi Earth Day celebrations 2017

Did you miss the festivities? Don’t fret! Stop by the Hardin Valley Library and checkout the Seed Library today!

Photos courtesy of Pellissippi photographer Jessie Tipton. 

A Cabinet of Curiosities

There is so much interesting history to be found in the card catalog, if only those drawers could talk!

Image of the Library of Congress Card Division, 1919
The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919 Underwood. The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919. [circa 1919 or later], photograph, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
As Andrew Limbong explained on NPR’s Morning Edition show, “if you do a Google search for “card catalog” it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies,” or seed packets as in the case of the new Pellissippi State Seed Library! There is a rich fascinating history behind the card catalog as author Peter Deveraux explains in his new book, The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. Checkout this fun and fascinating interview on NPR:

Cool Beans! We have a Seed Library!

Seed library card catalog and booksThe Hardin Valley Library is excited to announce the opening of the PSCC Seed Library!

What’s a seed library?

It is a place where you can get FREE seeds to plant and grow at home.

How does it work?

PSCC students, staff, and faculty can select up to 5 seed packets per person and take them home to grow their own food. At the end of each season, we encourage you to collect seeds from your garden and return them to the library in order to create a sustainable collection.

The Seed Library currently has over 2,900 seed packets in a wide variety of vegetable, herb, edible flower, grains, and cover crop seeds.

Seeds were generously donated by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Beardsley Farm, and local individuals in the hope of establishing a sustainable community.

Are you new to gardening or seed-saving?

Image of seed packets in seed library.

The libraries have books on organic gardening, seed collecting and saving, and more!

You can find all the information you need to successfully grow your garden (big or small), as well as information on seed-saving on the Seed Library Guide (

The guide offers tips and suggestions for varying levels of experience and space. Check out the Seed Library Guide today for more information!


Book Cover Seed GardenBook cover Seed SavingBook cover Vegetable GardeningBook cover The Edible Balcony

Volunteer Opportunity!

Seed Sorting Party

Wednesday November 30th!

Do you need to get your volunteer hours in?

The Hardin Valley Library is hosting its final Seed Sorting Party of the semester! Join us in ER 107 this Wednesday from 12-1 pm. Our special guest will be our very own Americorp VISTA  JD Burnette from the Hardin Valley Campus Garden and Pellissippi Pantry. Come sort seeds and pick JD’s brain about gardening, seed saving, sustainable living or serving as a VISTA volunteer. Hope to see you there!


Image of vegetable seed packets.

Banned Books Week, Stand Up For Your Right To Read

The library is hosting Banned Books Week! Exercise your right to vote for Captain America or Iron Man as your preferred champion of intellectual freedom and your right to read! Stop by the Hardin Valley Campus library in the ERC and see our booth. Cast your vote, learn about Banned and Challenged Books, and get your picture taken with a Banned Book. Be the hero Pellissppi needs.
What is Banned Books Week? Banned Books Week is an opportunity to encourage intellectual freedom in all capacities. Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside the last week of September to create awareness of challenges to library or school materials, attempts of censorship, and banning of materials around the world.
The Pellissippi Library will host an extended celebration of Banned Book Week from 9/26 – 10/7 at the library in the ERC.

Written by William Buck, UTK MSIS Intern