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Resilient Communities

Libraries Respond to Climate Change

Providence Public Library is one of 25 institutions included in ALA's Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change. The program supports public and academic libraries in efforts to engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.


Kate Aubin

Phone:  401-455-8119

The goals of this project include:

  • Raising awareness and providing accurate information about the climate crisis to the public through libraries
  • Designating libraries as Climate Resilience Hubs, positioning them to provide ongoing public education and community support during extreme weather events
  • Engaging library staff in local partnerships and environmental justice efforts that emphasize bottom-up organizing, shared community leadership, and the centering of those most impacted by climate change, particularly communities of color and underserved communities
  • Creating space in libraries for communities to engage in conversation, mobilize for the initiation of sustainability policies and practices, and build more resilient communities
  • Identifying and documenting relevant, replicable programming models for future national distribution

Resilient Communities Events

Climate Change: Intersectionality of Environment and Identity Workshop (Part 1)

Facilitated by Youth in Action's Outdoor Equity Group
Jan 14, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30pm on Zoom.

Participants will learn about climate change and environmental justice issues impacting Providence and beyond. This workshop, conducted by Youth in Action’s Outdoor Equity youth group, is open to adult and teen participants.

The Nature of Things Book Club

Jan 27, 2021, 7 - 8pm on Zoom.

Current book: The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington

Fire & Flood Film Screening and Panel Discussion

February 25, 6:30 - 8pm on Zoom.

Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change tells the story of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the fires in Santa Rosa, California, two-near simultaneous climate-related disasters in the fall of 2017, through the voices of LGBTQ people who lived through them and were part of the community response. The film explores the vulnerability of LGBTQ communities to climate disasters and lifts up queer and trans strategies for resilience, transition, and survival.

Registered participants will watch the film prior to February 25 in preparation for the film panel discussion on the 25th. Participants will be emailed a link and access code to watch the film after registering for the event. The film is approximately 102 minutes in length.

Panelists include local and regional environmental justice advocates. The panel discussion will revolve about the film, climate change's impact in Rhode Island, and the intersectionality within the climate justice movement, specifically with regards to the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities. Participants will be able to ask panelists questions during the event.

Climate Change: How to Make a Difference (Part 2)

Facilitated by Youth in Action's Outdoor Equity Group
March 18, 5:30 - 6:30pm on Zoom.

Participants will leave this virtual workshop with the tools to talk about environmental justice and how to bring environmentally friendly practices into their daily lives and make change in their community. This workshop, conducted by Youth in Action’s Outdoor Equity youth group, is intended for adult and teen audiences and builds on themes and content presented in Climate Change: Intersectionality of Environment and Identity Workshop (Part 1). Attendance of the Part 1 event is helpful but not required.

Childrens' Takeaway Bags - Environmentally themed

Ongoing January - April.

Email to register your child.

This program series is also supported by funding from the Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club