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Blue Marble Library Guide: Climate Prep Week

Massachusetts Libraries Collaborate on Climate Preparedness and Sustainability

Massachusetts libraries collaborate with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) on Climate Preparedness Week (held annually from 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, 2021, and 2022 programs were also offered virtually including multiple central events. This collaboration supports sustainability as a core value of librarianship.


This resource guide is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Library System, the Blue Marble Librarians, and Communities Responding to Extreme Weather.

CREW Communities Responding to Extreme Weather

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