The Milne Public Library is again participating in the Climate Preparedness Week, an annual event organized by the national group, CREW, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather. Participating libraries and other groups seek to mitigate climate change but also to better prepare our communities for current and future extreme weather events.
All of the Milne's events are listed on our events page, as well as on the flyer below. We are in fact hosting events over several weeks, so September is really Climate Prep Month here in Williamstown! Also below are several links to events in other parts of the state, some of which take place virtually. So there is plenty to check out - we hope you can join us for one, two or all of these programs!
Here's a quick overview. On Saturday, local architect Hicks Stone will give an in-person slideshow about the passive home movement, including plans for a new passive house development in Williamstown. Using passive building methods, in both new and existing buildings, homeowners can reduce energy use by up to 90%! Another program next week is the Mass Save® Community First Partnership in Williamstown Launch Event, to mark the beginning of a program that will assist homeowners in making their homes more efficient, beyond just replacing bulbs. Both assistance and funding are available to anyone who owns property in need of an energy upgrade, which could even include heat pump installation. Also next week, on Thursday evening, Nia Keith will speak over Zoom about how climate change can disproportionately affect communities of color and other disadvantaged groups. And our last event takes place off-site, at the Spruces on 60 Main Street by the pond, on October 1st. Bee Friendly Williamstown will talk about their pollinator garden, and have plants available for give-away (if you're one of the first to arrive), and for purchase.
And finally, last week, Justin Adkins gave a wild edibles walk'n'talk on library grounds. If you missed it, he will likely be giving more talks like this around town soon and perhaps here again someday too. You'd be amazed by how many "weeds" have nutritious or medicinal value! We also hosted a talk by John Meiklejohn of The American Chestnut Foundation about bringing chestnut trees back to forests after the blight that killed so many 100 years ago. You can view the recording of it here.
And as I mentioned above, please take a look at other events happening throughout the state, many of which are virtual:
If you have any questions about Climate Preparedness events, please don't hesitate to contact Kira at email@example.com or at 413-458-5369!