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Climate Preparedness Week : About Climate Prep Week

Massachusetts Libraries Collaborate with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)

Massachusetts libraries collaborate with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) on Climate Preparedness Week (Sept 24th - 30th) to prepare communities for extreme weather by offering programs about emergency preparedness and the intersection of climate change and social justice. 

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A Brief History of the Partnership

Since 2019, the Blue Marble Librarians and the Massachusetts Library System have collaborated with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) on Climate Prep Week.  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.  In 2019, eighty libraries hosted over 90 programs across Massachusetts.  In 2020 and 2021, programs were also offered virtually including multiple central events. This collaboration supports sustainability as a core value of librarianship.

Theme

The Weather is Changing:  Are You Prepared?

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.

CREW Communities Responding to Extreme Weather

Blue Marble Image Credit:  NASA