Growers get up to 5 packets of seeds from the seed catalog located in the library and record what they are taking with them, as well as basic contact information for later in the season. Then they grow their plants during the season. At the end of the growing season, the grower harvests as usual but also saves some of the seeds for next season. The grower then returns a portion (typically 2-3 times the starting amount) to the seed library to continue the cycle.
The seed library works on an honor system. We hope each and every participant is able to return seeds, but there is no fine if you are unable to return seeds. We are happy to take monetary donations to assist with purchasing additional packets of seeds.
Our film group, led by Harvey Lerner, is now celebrating over ten years of superb film screenings and thought-provoking discussion.
Check back soon for the next screening!
1) Call or visit the Hastings Library with your library card number to reserve your date in advance. You must be over 18 to reserve.
2) Pick up your museum pass at the Hastings Library on your reserved date.
3) Return the museum pass, in person, 3 days later to the Hastings Public Library during regular hours.
For more than thirty years Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
The Hudson River Museum strives to be a center of discovery and discussion by offering an array of fresh, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Programs for the public are developed to pique visitor curiosity and encourage conversations about the role that art, history, astronomy, and ecology play in our lives. Programs include lectures, performances, tours, hands-on workshops, and regular community festivals that celebrate the creation and exchange of ideas.
New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde. Intrepid’s newest exhibit, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, has been engineered to express the shuttle program’s stories of human triumph and technological feats. Dare to dream as you become immersed in this up close experience with Space Shuttle Enterprise.
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.
The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. They seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience.
The Paley Center for Media, previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. The Paley Center, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. It has an international collection of over 160,000 programs from over 70 countries, covering almost 100 years of television and radio history. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.
Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.
In 2001, David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany established Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture as a nonprofit organization, donating 80 acres and a complex of historic dairy barns built in the early 1930s by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 2004, Stone Barns Center opened to the public, welcoming visitors to learn about the sources of food and demonstrate farm-driven cuisine. Their mission is to reconnect people with food and create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits everyone. The Center focuses on deepening student education, farmer-training programs, and farm innovation work. The Center also offers a comprehensive food studies initiative targeted at high school students nationwide.
Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, The Frick Collection is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.
The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to enrich the lives of its visitors with memorable experiences in the history, culture and environment of the Hudson River Valley. It is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States. Its Neoclassical mansion holds an exceptional collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Sited in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River and West Point. Boscobel serves the community with guided house tours, educational programming for children, lectures by leading experts in design and architecture, gallery exhibitions, and special events. The mansion itself was first built in Montrose, New York between 1804 and 1808. It was later moved to Garrison, New York, restored and furnished based on surviving, original inventories and photography. Boscobel opened its doors to museum visitors in 1961 and in 1977, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.