With My Library Card, I Can: Explore the Natural World

Published Monday, September 2, 2019

It's pretty understandable to associate your library card with books and reading quietly indoors but with an Edwardsville Public Library card you can access tools and materials that will help you engage more closely with the natural world around you. If you are looking for a way to spend more time in the great outdoors, these resources can help you!

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Edwardsville Grows!
Little Free Seed Library

Did you know we have a seed library? We have a wide variety of seeds to choose from including herbs, vegetables, and flowers! As a cardholder, you can "check-out" 5 packets of seeds each calendar year. (We don't actually require you to return them.)

Dewey Destination: Gardening books are in the 635s.


We have three Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope kits available for checkout by cardholders. The kits include an Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope, a headlamp, an instruction manual, and a copy of Constellations of the Northern Sky by Gary Mechler and Mark Chartrand.

Dewey Destination: Astronomy books are in the 520s

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Fishing Rods

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has provided the library with several fishing rods and reels available for checkout. You can find them in the youth library. They're pretty popular so place a hold on one by clicking the check availability button below!

Dewey Destination: Fishing materials can be found in the 799s

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We've recently added two Vortex Crossfire 8 x 42 binocular kits to our circulating collection. The binocular kits have been provided in association with the Riverbend Astronomy Club, St. Louis Astronomical Society, and the St. Louis Audubon Society. Kits include one pair of Vortex Crossfire 8X42 Binocoulars, a soft carrying case, an instruction manual, and 2 booklets: "The night sky" and "Backyard birds of Eastern/Central North America."

Dewey Destination: Books about birds are in the 598s

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About the Author

Amanda has been working at EPL for 14 years and is currently the Circulation Manager. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, and cuddling her cats. She’s basically a walking stereotype.