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Beeton Seed Library is Here!

Beeton Seed Library displayHow does the seed library work?

Come to the Beeton Seed Library and borrow seeds for free! How can you ‘borrow’ seeds? The basic idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. You become a member automatically when you withdraw seeds to plant.

The Beeton Seed Library is a non-profit seed-lending library located in the D.A. Jones Branch Library. We’re open whenever the public library is open. You do not need to have a New Tecumseth Public Library card to use the seed library. We will be providing workshops on seed saving and gardening, and of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics. We encourage all members to learn basic seed-saving techniques. We encourage that beginning seed savers grow out and return seeds from lettuce, tomato, bean or pea plants the first year.

Logo (with text)Our Mission:

To contribute to and support community gardening, foster self-reliance and promote healthy eating while educating the community about sustainable gardening and seed-sharing. The Beeton Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honoured tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters a culture of sharing by being an accessible and free source of plant seeds, supplied and cultivated by and for community residents.

PlantingWhy Save Seeds?

Humans have been saving seeds for over 12 000 years; however, much of that knowledge has been lost over the last hundred years, along with significant biodiversity. When you grow and save your own seeds, you:

  • Develop your gardening skills
  • Promote healthy eating
  • Save money
  • Increase your self-reliance
  • Preserve biodiversity
  • Help protect and preserve pollinators
  • Learn and share with your community


How to Borrow Seeds

  1. Visit the Beeton Seed Library located in the D.A. Jones Branch Library.
  2. Browse the collection for what you want to grow this season. The seed packs are arranged alphabetically and by type.
  3. Select the seeds you would like to borrow, and fill out a page in the membership binder.

growth tomatoes in a greenhouseHow to Return Seeds

  1. After the growing season is done, harvest some seeds from the plants you grew.
  2. Place seeds from each plant in its own envelope or bag and label it (envelopes for this purpose can be found at the seed library).
  3. Drop your seeds off at the Beeton Seed Library and your seeds will be added into the collection for sharing in the community.


Donate Seeds

If you are unable to save your own seed, please consider donating a packet or two of seed to keep our library stocked. We prioritize clean, mature seeds that *to the best of your knowledge*  are organic and open-pollinated.

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Beeton Seed Library location and hours:

D.A. Jones Branch Library

42 Main Street West

Beeton, ON L0G 1A0

(905) 729-3726

Tuesday            10 am – 8 pm

Wednesday       10 am – 8 pm

Thursday           10 am – 8 pm

Friday               10 am – 5 pm

Saturday           10 am – 5 pm

Sun/Mon           Closed

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When you participate in the Beeton Seed Library, you help create a culture of sharing and abundance within the community. The more seeds in the library, the more members of our community can experience the pleasures of growing their own food. Thank you for your support!

Official Launch Event:

Saturday, June 10th @ 3 pm

Join us for the grand opening of the Beeton Seed Library! Enjoy cake and light refreshments, choose from over 50 seed varieties, and learn some valuable seed-saving tips. All welcome!

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Look Who’s Ready for the Santa Claus Parade!


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Super Saturdays!


Fab Fairytale Fun!

Pam Kirkpatrick Branch

November 19 from 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Our first Super Saturday Event: Family fun, crafts and activities once a month on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Suggested for children 3 and up.

Next Month:

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D.A. Jones Branch

December 10 from 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Our next Super Saturday Event: Family fun, crafts and activities once a month on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Suggested for children 3 and up.


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Spirit of the Past Doll Collection

D.A Jones Branch will be hosting the “Spirit of the Past” doll collection by artist Irina Gorelkina in September & October.  You won’t want to miss it!

The exhibition presents 20 dolls, six of which are on display for the first time.

Every doll is a one-of-a-kind, fine art, historical costume figurine, made of polymer clay (head and shoulders, torso, hands and legs), wire and fabric.

Every doll’s costume consists of a minimum two layers of clothing and presents one-of-a-kind fashion.

The exhibition reflects an artistic approach to the costumes and fashions of Baroque, Rococo, Empire/ Regency, Victorian and Edwardian time periods.

Enjoy a sneak peak below!

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D.A. Jones Branch Invites You To Find Your Three-Word Address


What3Words is a mapping tool that allows you to find your address with just three words! There’s a great article that explains it in the Toronto Star. According to the Telegraph, this new app has “divided the globe into 57 trillion 3m by 3m squares and labelled each area with just three words.

The D.A. Jones Branch in Beeton invites you to drop in and find your 3Word Address.

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Beeton Honey & Garden Festival

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It’s time for the 2016 Beeton Honey & Garden Festival! NTPL will be there for our annual Book Sale, amongst over 190 other vendor booths featuring everything from perennials to pastries, fashion to farm produce, golf balls to garden tools. Other highlights of this year’s big event:

  • The Antique Alley
  • The International Marketplace
  • The SSAC Artist & Artisans Marketplace
  • The Classic Car & Truck Show
  • Live entertainment at the Muddy Water Bandshell
  • Free Family Fun Zone
  • Eclectic food offerings including BBQ, Caribbean Jerk, Sushi, Pizza, Souvlaki, Sweet Potato Fries, Deep Fried Pickles, Funnel Cakes, Gelato, Fresh Fudge, Kettelcorn, Donuts, Fresh Squeezed Organic Lemonade and so much more
  • Honey Products (of course)
  • Kobbler Jay
  • The Ben Show
  • Tim Ronan
  • Beeton Creek Rising
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Madison Galloway
  • Stacey Renee Band
  • Pancake Breakfast

For a complete list of events, contests and attractions, see the Events/Contests menu on the honey fest webpage.

It’s a fantastic day out with the family! Our book sale will run from 9 am to 4 pm. The library opens at 10 am. Hope to see you there!

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NTPL Play Reading Series Returns This May!

NTPL Play Reading Series Presents: Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 pm sharp D.A. Jones Branch, Beeton Discussion and Refreshments to follow the Reading For information or to register call 905-729-3726 Play Synopsis The conflict between the established artist and adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend – and finally threatening rival – is one of those great topics… It resurfaces in Donald Margulies’ provocative play, COLLECTED STORIES, which confronts the prominent short-story writer Ruth Steiner with her student turned confidante turned competitor Lisa Morrison. Reading Participants RUTH STEINER (Catherine Burns) Catherine Burns lives in Beeton and has performed in plays at the Black Horse Theatre and the South Simcoe Theatre. She played Alice B. Toklas in the first play reading, and Aurelia Plath in the second. Most recently she played four roles in Peter Panto at SST and is relieved not to be singing and dancing in this performance. LISA MORRISON (Kimberley Burgess) Kimberley Burgess has performed in plays at The Old Town Hall, Newmarket, and more recently in the 2014 production of the Vagina Monologues at the Circle Theatre, Alliston. Kimberley is a Reading Participant tonight to help illustrate that pretty much anyone can do this. Volunteers? Director Colleen Williams Colleen Williams has directed over 35 plays including the national Chalmers Award - winning DITCH at the Tarragon Theatre. As a performer, she is the recipient of the Toronto Theatre Alliance Dora Award and has appeared often in film and television.

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Cocoa Club is Back @ the D.A. Jones Branch

Cocoa Club: D.A. Jones Branch Saturdays: April 23 - May 14 10 - 11 am Join us for book tales and a make/take craft. Yes, hot chocolate is offered. Material geared for children 5 years and up. Free! Come into your local branch to preregister. Drop-ins welcome, space permitting.

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D.A. Jones Branch Gets Creative Sharing Event News….

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NTPL Board Meet & Greet – Beeton

NTPL Board Meet & Greet. Thursday, May 14th 11 am to 1 pm. D.A. Jones Branch, Beeton. Come out and meet the new board! Come and meet our new Library Board at the D.A. Jones Branch in Beeton. Next month, they will visit the Pam Kirkpatrick Branch in Tottenham, and in September, they will visit the Memorial Branch in Alliston.

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