Massachusetts Library System members have been partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) by offering programs during Climate Preparedness Week. Climate Preparedness Week prepares our communities for extreme weather events through educational events that increase emergency preparedness and also understanding of intersection of climate change and social justice. Climate Prep Week is held each year from Sept 24th - 30th.
A Brief History of the Partnership
Would you like to learn about how libraries across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnered with CREW in 2020? Read this Climate Prep Week 2020 Recap to hear all about it. In 2020, the Blue Marble Librarians coordinated a Climate Prep Week Drawing Contest. In 2019, we surpassed our goal of inspiring 50 libraries to host a program for Climate Prep Week. Eighty libraries hosted over 90 programs across Massachusetts contributing to communities that are better prepared for extreme weather and more socially resilient as well. Madeleine Charney, a Librarian at the UMass Amherst Libraries, and Christopher Glass, a Research Services Librarian at Boston Public Library, made the initial connection with CREW that resulted in this collaboration coordinated by the Blue Marble Librarians.
Interested to get involved?
Is your library interested to host a program for Climate Prep Week? Look for updates from Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) about how to get your program added to the map. You can join the MLS-BlueMarble-discussion listserv to share ideas and successes with your library colleagues. Also, check out our blog for creative approaches to foster environmentalism and extreme weather preparedness in your community.
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Climate Resilience is Social Resilience
This program is a partnership of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Blue Marble Librarians.
Gabrielle Griffis, Assistant Youth Services Librarian at the Brewster Ladies' Library, developed the social media toolkit and the book lists for this project.
Blue Marble Image Credit: NASA