photo from/of Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Country Walk Branch
I love this idea I read in the Programming Librarian newsletter. Crafty events are fun. Crafty events with recycled materials is a win win. Crafy events with recycled materials that are giving a useful resource to those in need tops it all!
At the Miami-Dade public library system “Helping Hands is an arts and crafts program that meets the needs of two communities — older adults and homeless populations — at the same time. Older adult participants socialize at the library while they make sleeping mats from upcycled plastic bags. The mats are then given to nearby homeless populations.”
Interested in learning more: The article on the Programming Librarians site give detailed instructions, planning guidelines, marketing tips, advice, a video on how to, budget (for this one ZERO!), and a nice write up on the library in the right nav bar (check out the link “Photo Slide Show” that pops up some images from their event)
Thanks Ayoola White for an excellent LIS student blog post “Information for Our Survival: LIS and Climate Change.” A MUST READ for everyone, here is a quote I liked:
“These are grim times indeed, but I for one would like to highlight what we can do, not just what we cannot do or what our obstacles are. As hackneyed as this sounds, this is the only planet we have. Those of us who consider climate change a threat and want to do something about it are in the majority. Furthermore, scientists and politicians are not the only people who have influence in this area. We as information professionals have important contributions to make. I believe that we can make those contributions using the same creativity we use to address the other community issues that we address so expertly.”
Also appreciated her reply in the comments section, including her TuTu quote 🙂
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is looking for mentors to serve for one year. If your institution is an AASHE member, please consider applying to be either a mentor or mentee. Let’s get a pool of librarians (and library school students! ) in this program. Mentors provide mentees with general guidance and support, and, if desired, advice in implementing a specific project. Mentors and mentees connect approximately once a month over the course of a year through virtual meetings, phone calls or in-person at our annual conference & expo. At the conclusion of the one-year term, mentees are expected to share a case study or other materials resulting from the project through the Campus Sustainability Hub. More info on the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ujL2MK
Creating a hub for resilient and sustainable community culture is a short column in American Libraries, providing advice for how and why public libraries can be and should be a place for resource, support and opportunities for their communities including examples such as seed libraries, co-working spaces in libraries, and community commons.
Recommended by ALA SustainRT folks, this Travel Calculator can be used estimating your carbon emissions http://www.nativeenergy.com/travel.html Transportation comprises nearly 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so estimating how much you drive or fly can help you see your impact and maybe reconsider alternatives. You can buy carbon offsets for the traveling you do. Perhaps some places of work would offer buying carbon offsets for you if you have to travel?
Side note: this site also has a household offsets calculator as well!
SustainRT has been tweeting for the sustainability events at the #alaac17 conference. You can read about BillMcKibben talk yesterday or the panel this morning and stay tuned for more this afternoon…