RPL and Climate Preparedness Week, September 24-30, 2021

Reading, MA— Every year, from September 24th – 30th, Climate Prep Week prepares our communities for extreme weather events through educational events that increase emergency preparedness and the understanding of intersection of climate change and social justice. The Massachusetts Library System partners with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host events that build resilience in our communities. Here’s what’s happening in Reading! Check the library calendar for more information! www.readingpl.org/events.

September 10: Hug a Tree! Calling all tree huggers, pick up a coloring sheet in the Children’s Room.

September 21: Climate Justice, Finding Equitable Solutions to the Climate Crisis.

Climate change is the number one existential threat to humanity and the planet, but some communities are more vulnerable than others. Where do social justice and climate change overlap? How can we, as concerned community members, fight climate change in a way that is just and equitable for all? Join Nia Keith, Mass Audubon’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, in an interactive lecture on climate justice. This event will be held in person with an option to join virtually via Zoom.

September 25: 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Town Forest. This half day event which had to be rescheduled by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Reading Town Forest.

September 28: Who Lives in Your Backyard? Hey kids! Learn more about the creatures that live in YOUR backyard with the volunteer naturalist from Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. This program is for kids age 6-9.

September 29: Get the Dirt on Living Green. Join Reading’s fabulous DPW to learn how to recycle smart, pick up hot tips on composting, and embrace the zero-waste lifestyle. and live a more sustainable life. Tables will be set up outside the main entrance. This event will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.

Get a Wildflower Seed Bookmark! The paper shape is embedded with wildflower seeds. Soak the paper in a glass of water for a day. Plant under a thin layer of soil. Water daily and keep moist until seedlings are well established. Plant this seeded paper and watch your wildflower garden grow – a little reminder that beauty surrounds us every day. Take time to enjoy it. Pick up at Reference or in the Childrens Room.

As of September 20, The Reading Public Library will reinstate a policy requiring people aged 2 and up to wear a mask/face covering at all events and while inside the library Children 2 and under are exempt from face covering requirements. Please stay home if you’ve been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID 19 in the past 14 days or are experiencing any symptoms as listed on the state’s website.

The Reading Public Library is committed to evolving together to strengthen communication, equity, collaboration, and learning in our community. Our mission is to be a center and resource for learning and civic engagement. We provide a place and platform of, by, and for the people who can benefit as individuals as well as contribute to the well-being of the community. We work to achieve these goals and commitments by focusing on education, equity, accountability, and access.

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