The Massachusetts Library System is thrilled to announce that we’ve surpassed our goal of inspiring 50 libraries to host a program for Climate Preparedness Week in September.  We’ve been partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) on a collaboration led by Madeleine Charney, a Research Services Librarian, at the W.E. B. DuBois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  This project will result in an increase in statewide community preparedness for extreme weather.

Thank you to all our libraries who are preparing our communities for hazardous weather by hosting programs for Climate Preparedness Week!  Check out this interactive map of libraries and other organizations offering programs for Climate Preparedness Week. If you don’t see your library’s program(s) listed on the CREW map or would like any updates, please reach out to gideon@climatecrew.org.

Please use the hashtag #ClimatePrepWeek2019 to spread word about your events.  Librarians hosting events are encouraged to send 1-3 photos of your event to Vernon Walker to be used for outreach.  CREW has also developed climate resilience brochures that your library can print and share.

A special thanks to the devoted team of Blue Marble Librarians who have been shepherding this project:  Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst), Michelle Eberle (Massachusetts Library System), CJ Wong (Merrimack College), Gabrielle Griffs (Wellfleet Public Library), Chris Glass (Boston Public Library), Heather Diaz (Forbes Library), Ayoola White (Simmons), Catherine Carr (UMassMed School), and Jessica Kilham (UMassMed School).  We also greatly appreciate our project partners at CREW:  Craig Altemose, Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Mia Kania, and Aaron Troncoso, and Gideon Nachman.

Would you like to get more involved with library outreach for climate preparedness? Following Climate Preparedness Week, Madeleine Charney will be hosting several Zoom teleconferences to provide explore next steps for library climate change partnerships.  Details for the teleconferences will be announced on the All-Regions listserv. We hope you join us to explore how libraries can further work together to prepare our communities for climate change.

We are stronger together!