By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
When people walk into historic stone headquarters of The Herb Society of America, Chris Wilkinson is often their first contact. The librarian for nearly a year, Chris finds that many want to know how to start an herb garden or how to use herbs in cooking.
“More people want to know where their food comes from,” she says. “Pesticides are a concern. People know they can season with herbs to reduce salt, but they’re not sure how. We help them learn.”
Chris answers questions and gives guests a tour of the 3,100-volume HSA Library. The room is a gardening bibliophiles dream. And, she hopes its availability will draw in more members. Sometimes, it does.
“I want to grow the membership through the library,” she says. “I’m also trying to focus on children’s books. It’s such a healthy pastime for a child to put down their computer, dig into the warm earth, plant a seed, watch it grow, harvest and eat the result.”
And, thinking ahead, she notes that kids are the future of the organization.
Chris developed her love of gardening a short time after her father passed away in the 1990s. “I dug up my dad’s rose bushes and planted them in sunny spots in my yard,” she says. “I have old ramblers and hybrid tea roses.”
When she’s not working or dreaming about a move to England, Chris likes to write, garden and work on her old house. She recently had her first short story, “The Decoy,” printed in an anthology called History and Mystery, Oh My! available at Amazon.com.
Members may borrow items for a period of 30 days. Items are shipped by USPS media mail unless expedited shipping is needed. The borrower pays return postage. Books can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440.256.0514. Although circulation is members-only, the library is open to the general public for browsing during regular business hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. To plan a visit, please call headquarters at 440.256.0514.