Pima County Public Library is planting some seeds for growth at Oro Valley Public Library.

The county library system, which garnered national attention from the likes of USA Today and NPR for starting its first "seed library" in January 2012, is expanding the program. The seed library allows patrons to "check out" seeds from the library to plant at home. For obvious reasons, those who check out seeds do not return them.

The eighth seed library will arrive at the Oro Valley Public Library, at 1305 W. Naranja Dr., with a grand opening slated for 3 p.m. Aug. 29. Officials will dedicate the library to Raymond F. Thompson, Jr., a former professor of modern literature at Howard University and local gardener who died in April. Donors gav $7,000 to support the seed library.

“Oro Valley Public Library is thrilled to be the home of the Thompson Seed Library,” said Ruth Grant, Oro Valley Public Library’s Managing Librarian, in a news release. “It’s wonderful to see such a worthy project come together through the efforts of the Library staff, the Friends of the Oro Valley Library, and the friends and family of Mr. Thompson.”

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.