The Westerville Public Library will soon welcome young gardeners to lend a hand in a Children's Garden.

The Westerville Public Library will soon welcome young gardeners to lend a hand in a Children's Garden.

Children's librarian Marisa Glaviano said a groundbreaking and planting ceremony for a new Children's Garden is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31. A portion of the landscaped beds outside the youth department overlooking State Street have been cleared to make room for the young gardeners.

"We've had two gardening story times at the library so far to introduce the idea to the kids, and we gave them each their own marigold seeds and seedling pots to take home and nurture, which they can either plant at home or put in the garden when it opens," Glaviano said.

Mary Papin, a member of the Westerville Garden Club, said the club has been working with the children to make the garden a success.

"The Garden Club is donating plants for the garden, and we'll be overseeing it the rest of the summer to make sure the garden is doing well," Papin said. "The little guys are really interested, and we've all been working to promote an interest and education in gardening; hopefully, we may get some future members."

Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday (with a rain date set for June 7), the garden will open with a brief ceremony, and members of the Westerville Garden Club will provide guidance in caring for roots and other pointers on planting, according to Glaviano. Crafts and refreshments will be available, and the library's mascot, Booker, will be in attendance.

Following the initial planting, children can help work with their plants each Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., Glaviano said.

"The kids can drop in and work with their gardening club, do weeding and take care of the flowers," she said. "We also hope to have some programs on those Saturdays, maybe doing crafts or workshops on composting, possibly having the garden club come in to help."

Glaviano added that she hopes the Children's Garden will be more than just a pretty spot at the library -- she hopes it can bring the kids outside and into the sun.

"Our goal isn't just to dig in the outdoors, but we want the kids to be aware everything is interconnected, and to see how we're all connected to the earth," she said.

Families are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and other tools from home for the planting ceremony.

More information is available by calling the library at (614) 882-7277 extension 4.