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Gloucester County Library Receives National Achievement Award

(Mullica Hill, NJ) - Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Lyman Barnes announced today that the National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded the Gloucester County Library the 2017 Achievement Award for its program titled The Garden@GCLS

Freeholder Director Damminger said, "This award recognizes our library systems' hard work and proactive thinking in developing new and innovative ways of enhancing how our community learns about gardening." 

Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Gloucester County Library said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the National Association of Counties for the second consecutive year.  The Gloucester County Library System continues to expand and enhance their programs in order to stay connected with what the community wants.” 

The Garden@GCLS is 600 square foot plot of land that was converted from an unproductive stretch of grass to a luscious garden teeming with pollinators. The area consists of five 4’x 8’ raised beds, four beds are for produce used in the classes and for donations, and the fifth is a pollinator bed. In the middle of the beds is a “Bean Teepee” that is constructed out of bamboo and supports pole beans that climb to the top of the teepee. The Bean Teepee has a hole in the front and is just large enough for a child to stand inside. The Garden@GCLS also has a number of potted plants for herbs and other pollinator plants. 

The Garden@GCLS was founded by the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS), in cooperation with a number of community partners. The Gloucester County Certified Gardeners (GCCG) have been involved from the beginning of the project with helping to plan the garden, maintenance of the space, and teach classes. They also provided many of the plants that are grown.

Every other Saturday during June-September the Gloucester County Library gives a guided tour of the Garden@GCLS.  These tours serve as a great introduction to the space, their class offerings, as well as recruitment for future volunteers.  For more information on the guided tours, please call the reference desk at the Gloucester County Library at 856-223-6050. 

In 2016, the Gloucester County Library received a NACo award for their Librarian by Appointment service, a free service that allows you to schedule a one-time session of up to one hour with a librarian.  During your appointment, the librarian advises you on research strategy and resources, so you have the skills to do your own future research.