By Elizabeth Cousins, Business Reference Librarian, Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center, Boston Public Library

Libraries in communities across Massachusetts are gearing up for Climate Preparedness Week (CREW Week), which is Sept. 24-30 each year. We have programs for all ages.

 What is CREW?  

CREW stands for Communities Responding to Extreme Weather. It is a network of local leaders building grassroots climate resilience through inclusive & hands-on education, service, and planning. Some of those local leaders are librarians, and some of them belong to the group Blue Marble Librarians.

Blue Marble Librarians are a group of environmental, eco-friendly individuals who partnered with CREW to bring community learning experiences that help people understand and address climate issues. Initially focusing on developing programming for CREW Week, many of us have similarly themed events throughout the year now. This year there are events for all ages, across the Commonwealth – and beyond, hosted by libraries, churches, and other community organizations:

 Highlighted Events at Libraries Across the Commonwealth

Do not miss our kick-off event, Keynote Speaker, David Pogue, Friday Sept. 24 @ 2:00 with Massachusetts Library System. Plus, many libraries are hosting book discussions throughout the week of his book How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide for Surviving the Chaos. 

This year there are both in-person and virtual events offered. Although it is difficult to pick just a few, here are some virtual events happening across the state:

Locate more virtual AND in-person events

 Keep Learning & Get Involved 

Share your CREW 2021 event story with Massachusetts Library System members. Let us know the outcome of your events. Share pictures and stories to inspire next year’s success.