Climate Preparedness Week
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
All week while supplies last - Make and Take Herb Garden (in person). West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, West Springfield, MA, www.wspl.org, (413) 736-4561.
2 - 3 p.m. - How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide for Surviving the Chaos (Zoom only). Join science correspondent and New York Times bestselling author David Pogue as he offers practical advice on how to prepare for climate turbulence. Hosted by the Massachusetts Library System. Register here.
3 - 4:30 p.m. - “Chasing Ice” Film and Discussion (in person). In this film, a National Geographic photographer uses time-lapse images to show stunning vistas of arctic land while documenting glacial melt. Discussion to follow. Sponsored by the Pioneer and Farmington Valley Library Collaborative and the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA, (413) 568-7833. Register here.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Science Rocks! Making Biodegradable Plastic (in person). Experiment with making your own biodegradable plastic out of milk and vinegar. Children ages 9-12 welcome. Sponsored by the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, West Springfield, MA, (413) 736-4561. Register here.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
9 a.m. - Hawk Watch! (in person, outdoors). Join representatives from Allen Bird Club atop Granville’s beautiful Blueberry Hill to watch raptors ride air currents toward their winter homes. Blueberry Hill is on North Lane in Granville and is searchable on Google Maps. Participants must sign a waiver, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Southwick Public Library, www.southwickma.org/library, (413) 569-1221. Register by emailing email@example.com.
10:30 a.m. - Children's Story Hour (in person). Interactive storytelling introducing simple ways kids can help create a healthy climate. Sponsored by Granville Public Library, 2 Granby Road, Granville, MA, Granvill@cwmars.org , (413) 357-8531.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
7 p.m. - Code Red for Humanity: Understanding Global Warming’s Risks & What Each of Us Can Do (Zoom only). Dr. Carsten Braun, a WSU climate scientist, will explore the science underlying climate change and what we can do to make a difference. Sponsored by the Pioneer and Farmington Valley Library Collaborative and Voices Rising Together’s Climate and Environmental Justice subcommittee. Email Voices Rising Together at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
All day while supplies last - Make and Take Mini Planters (in person). Older children and teens, swing into the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA to paint or embellish an adorable mini planter. Call to reserve your craft as supplies are limited. 413-789-1550 X3.
2:30 p.m. - Teens Outsmart Disposables for a Better World (in person). Take a bite out of the planet’s plastic problem by making your own, edible water bottle. Sponsored by Southwick Public Library, www.southwickma.org/southwick-public-library, (413) 569-1221.
6 p.m. - Teen Trivia Night, (Zoom only). Join a fun, online trivia game to test your knowledge of climate change. Participants will need a secondary device (phone or tablet) to submit their answers. Families and individuals in grade 5 and above are encouraged to play along. Sponsored by Agawam Public Library, www.agawamlibrary.org, (413) 789-1550. Register here.
6:30 p.m. - Cookbook Club, (in person). Make one, regular-sized recipe from Alice Waters’s “In the Green Kitchen" for other participants to taste. Please be advised: neither the food served at the cookbook club and prepared in home kitchens, nor the library facilities, have been inspected by the state or local public health agency. Register by emailing the name of the recipe you’ll make to Southwick Public Library, email@example.com, or by calling (413) 569-1221.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
4 - 5 p.m. - Mindful Outdoor Experience with Colleen Mollica, (in person on the Granville Public Library lawn). Deepen your relationship with nature and yourself, manage stress, and begin to reestablish a reciprocal relationship with the earth. Suitable for teens and adults. Sponsored by Granville Public Library, 2 Granby Road, Granville, MA, www.granville public library.org. Register by contacting the library at Granvill@cwmars.org (413) 357-8531.
6 - 7:30 p.m. - Becoming an Outdoor Citizen with John Judge, AMC President, (Zoom only). A book talk with author and Appalachian Mountain Club President John Judge. Sponsored by Granville Public Library and Simsbury, CT Public Library. Please register here through Simsbury Public Library, www.simsburylibrary.info, (860) 658-7663.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
6:30 p.m. - Resilience and Preparedness in a Changing Climate, (Zoom only). This panel discussion with representatives from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, a forest consultant, and more. Sponsored by Agawam and Granville Public Libraries. Register here through Agawam Public Library, www.agawamlibrary.org, (413) 789-1550.