Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations at Your Library
From the news that earth surface temperatures hit a record high in 2016, to a presidential administration that denies the effect fossil fuels play in climate change, we are inundated with stories and images about climate change. And yet authentic face-to-face conversations about climate change (with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) are rare. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, “more than half of those who are interested in global warming or think the issue is important ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ talk about it with family and friends.”
In this workshop, participants will learn why dialogue about climate change is critical to creating a brighter future, and how librarians can facilitate dialogues that empower our communities to be better equipped to respond, adapt, and mitigate the effects.
This interactive, experiential training will guide you through the creation of a “Climate Communications Toolbox” you can use to facilitate dialogue and host “Climate Conversations” within your library community.
- Learn how to create and host successful “Climate Conversations” at your library.
- Share ideas for archiving and exhibiting artifacts created through these conversations.
- Brainstorm ideas for building community partnerships.
- Learn why resilience and social capital are critical for communities to thrive and endure, and how libraries can help communities build both.
- Experience mindfulness exercises as a tool for “re-wiring” the brain to stabilize the nervous system.
- Explore your own thoughts and feelings about climate change through storytelling and reflective writing.
This workshop is taught by Madeleine Charney, Research Services Library, W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMASS, Amherst.
This is an in person workshop taking place at the Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown
- DLD Special Program
To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be a current staff member, Friend, or Board Member/Trustee of a library in CT. If you are an unemployed librarian in CT, please contact Steve Cauffman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-704-2223) to register.
If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Steve Cauffman email@example.com | (860) 704-2223.
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Inclement Weather Policy
For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:
If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.
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