Read the full story at Brooklyn Paper.
The Brooklyn Public Library is outfitting the roofs of four southern Brooklyn literary emporiums with solar energy backup systems that guarantee the lights stay lit — and providing the area with much-needed safe havens during emergencies.
Inspired by the ALA Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to climate change Grant that was awarded to the Evanston Public Library in the last quarter of 2020, this series of presentations, film discussions, community conversations and hands-on learning kits focuses on the causes and effects of climate change, as well as its intersection with race, gender and other identities.
The goal of the series is to inspire participants into climate action by providing participants with a better understanding of the science behind climate change and the social, ecological and political consequences of its impacts, while offering effective tools to work towards solutions
If you live in the Champaign-Urbana area and want to improve your home garden, you can borrow seeds from the Urbana Free Library’s Seed Library.
A seed library is a place where you can “check out” seeds and bring back new seeds from your harvest. You take seeds from the lending library, plant them, grow the plants, let some go to seed, and then return some of these next-generation seeds for others to borrow. They also accept store bought seeds.
For more information, including a list of currently available seeds and instructions for “returning” or donating seeds, visit the Library’s web site.
Jan 22, 2021, 1-2 pm CST
Citizen Science Month (April 2021) is a great time to bring citizen science — public engagement in real scientific research — to your library or community-based organization (CBO). Join this webinar to learn about Citizen Science Month (https://CitizenScienceMonth.org) featured projects and resources showcased by SciStarter, Arizona State University, the Network of the National Library of Medicine, the All of Us Research program, and other champions of Citizen Science Month.
See also: The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science
Dec 8, 2020, 1 pm CST
How will Kisilu Musya, a farmer in rural Kenya, cope with drought and flash floods brought on by climate change? Can a Black community in Texas put an end to toxic emissions from a nearby oil refinery? How can we protect forests, rebuild ecosystems and restore biodiversity? What is the real cost of fast fashion and iphones? These questions and more are explored in this documentary collection.
The global future we face is both exciting and challenging. Rapidly changing landscapes of regional and global systems of power, knowledge, and exchange confront us all — probably in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. From this global perspective, the need for environmental literacy intertwined with various other kinds of understanding is deep and profound.
An ACRL Webinar with free teacher’s guides, this panel discussion will provide insight structuring classes around documentary films and screening documentaries in campus-wide events.
Discussion topics include:
- Defining environmental justice
- Climate justice as a galvanizing topic on campus
- Discussing difficult topics and footage in class – how do you help students maintain optimism?
- How environmental justice touches on and even pervades a variety of subject areas
The session includes numerous clips from Global Environmental Justice Documentaries to give viewers a sense of the scope and depth of the collection, as well as recorded interviews with the project’s curators.
Download the teacher’s guide for Thank You for the Rain and others here: http://gej.docuseek2.com/cart/template/guides
Read the full story at I Love Libraries.
When locals head to the former Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they’re not stocking up on groceries. Instead, they’re there to check out books from the temporarily relocated Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL), which has ingeniously repurposed the vacant store space to house their collection while their main branch is under renovation.
Via the Lisle Library District.
On September 16, 2020, the Lisle Library District (LLD) was officially awarded an Earth Flag by SCARCE. SCARCE Executive Director, Kay McKeen and DuPage County Board member, Liz Chaplin, attended the LLD Board of Trustees meeting to present the Flag and read the offical Resolution of Commendaton from DuPage County Chairman, Daniel Cronin.
To earn the Earth Flag, the LLD had to achieve a number of objectives. Ms. Chaplin read aloud some of those accomplishments:
I am so happy to be here tonight to present the Earth Flag Resolution. Earning the Earth Flag is a huge accomplishment that takes a lot of work and dedication by the staff. I want the staff and the community to know what a great accomplishment this is and everyone should be very proud. I’m going to read off all the work the staff has done to receive the Earth Flag…
- Comprehensive Recycling Program
- Staff Education
- Patron Education
- Educated patrons on proper recycling practices – hosted the Where Is Away? exhibit
- The Library has upgraded all its’ lighting to LEDs, T- 8s, T-5s and CFLs
- The Library has a cool roof to help with the urban heat island effect
- The Library also recycles electronics, scrap metal and batteries
- Updated their HVAC system in the Fall of 2019
- Has syringe collection bins in their bathrooms for staff & patrons
- The Library donates books to Better World Books
- Has used book sales
- Handles hazardous waste appropriately
- Uses eco-friendly deicer
- Library employees use reusable mugs, dishes & utensils
- Has reusable bag available for patrons to use
- Library has all low flow toilets & faucets with automatic sensors
Read the full post from the National Recreation and Park Association.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout the United States, I have been actively tracking how public libraries have responded. Right out of the gate, I found park and recreation agencies collaborating with public libraries for a unified response. In Oak Park, Illinois, on March 11, 2020, the village’s two school districts joined forces with Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park to make the joint decision to close and suspend all programming. Rather than a scattered response emanating from different agencies, the schools, libraries and parks came together to have one unified message.
Read the full story from Penn State University.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April 1970, a new online exhibition, “Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact,” explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.