Would your library like to collaborate with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) on Climate Preparedness Week?  It’s time to sign-up to participate. This year’s theme is The Weather is Changing:  Are You Prepared?  By participating as a partner or host, your library will be featured on the Climate Prep Week interactive map.  Let’s fill the map with libraries across the Commonwealth. Libraries of all types (public, school, academic, and special) are invited to participate. Let’s try to top our record of 90+ library programs (in 2019).

How to get involved

Join as a partner

Advertise CREW’s centrally organized events to your communities through email and social media. Partners will be recognized on the CREW website and at the start of events.  To sign up as a partner, please fill out this form.

Join as a host

Hold your own event for your community. CREW will advertise your events on their website and can support you with suggestions for content or speakers.  To sign up to host an event, please fill out this form.

You can be a partner, a host, or both!

Program ideas for Climate Prep Week

Your library can offer virtual, in-person, or outdoor events. Explore programs ideas in our Climate Prep Week Guide (which includes lists of youth books and adult books if you would like to put together a book display or host a storytime)  Find more ideas in:

Save the date for the Climate Prep Week keynote!

The Massachusetts Library System is hosting a keynote presented by David Pogue, author of How to Survive Climate Change:  A Guide to Surviving Climate Change on September 24, 2021 from 2-3 PM eastern.  Registration in August will be open exclusively to Massachusetts librarians.  In September, pending space we’ll open additional seats to the public.  The virtual keynote will be recorded and posted on the MLS Vimeo channel. The keynote promises to be practical and eye-opening and will better prepare you to host a book discussion (see below). Register now to attend!

Host a book discussion of How to Survive Climate Change:  A Guide to Surviving the Chaos

Blue Marble Librarians are collaborating with the author to develop book discussion materials, which will be available to your library by September 1st.  Materials will be posted in the MLS Climate Prep Week Guide.  Complete this form to receive the book discussion materials.  You can attend Pogue’s keynote on Sept 24, 2021 2-3pm eastern to better prepare for your discussion. 

Publicize the Climate Prep Week drawing contest

Blue Marble Librarians are coordinating a drawing contest for kids and teens as part of Climate Prep Week in collaboration with CREW.  ArtCamp504 will award three virtual art classes as prizes for the drawing contest.  Learn more and find shareable social media graphics for the Climate Prep Week Guide Drawing Contest.

For more information:

Reach out to Vernon Walker, CREW’s Program Manager or Blue Marble Librarians (find contact information for our libraries in the MBLC Library Directory)