ELGIN — As spring rolls in, Elgin Community Library will host myriad programs and projects for patrons.

From 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 10, the library will host a Plant and Seed Swap, along with a children’s table for potting plants.

“If you have seedlings, perennials, bulbs or plants that need to be divided you can bring them and swap them with others,” said Library Director Leslie Durham.

Local organic gardening expert Nealis Bradshaw will demonstrate proper planting techniques and answer gardening questions, said Durham. In addition, a hands-on planting station will be set up for kids to plant their own plants.

“Along with a few door prizes, we’ll also have some activity books from the kids that talk about gardening and different fun things they can do,” Durham said.

The Plant and Seed Swap is funded through a health literacy grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services, said Durham.

Take a hike

Off the beaten path, Durham and her husband Richard, both nature enthusiasts, are currently leading weekly hiking expeditions through the Wichita Mountains. With funding provided by the Friends of the Library via a health grant, Durham said she was able to purchase several pairs of snake gaiters –protective leg coverings used to help prevent snake bites during the hikes – a new first aid kit and electrolytes to help keep hikers safe.

“It’s really a lot of fun to get out and visit with other hikers while observing nature,” she said.

Another outdoor activity the library is working on is Circus Camp, a three-day fun-filled event that includes juggling and hula-hooping, Durham said. Circus Camp, held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Elgin’s Osborne Park, at the intersection of Keeney Road and Welch Road, half a mile south of Elgin.

In May and June, Great Plains Technology Center will conduct CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes at the library.

Back inside the library, continuing weekly programs help reinforce community involvement as locals interact and discuss books they’ve read, movies they’ve seen as well as current events.

Each week, younger library patrons enjoy age-appropriate programs that provide educational value to the community. Wednesday Wigglers, birth to PreK, meet at the library at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday for entertaining story time and interaction with their peers. Reading Rangers, a monthly book club geared for elementary age children, meets at 4 p.m. each Thursday. Teen Café (sixth to 12th graders) also meets at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Each Thursday at 10:30, children of all ages are invited to attend the library’s educational STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

Book n’ Hookers, a knitting and crocheting circle lead by Durham, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.

In addition to fundraisers, the library welcomes local support through donations of crafts supplies, books and DVDs. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

For more information regarding services, programs and events, visit Elgin Community Library at 108 Thoma Drive in Elgin, or call (580) 492-6650, or visit http://elginlibrary.org, or follow Elgin Community Library & Friends of ECL on Facebook.