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Date: 5/1/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Topsham Public Library

Cornerstones of Science is sponsoring ten spaces in this wonderful training for librarians. To receive a sponsored spot, contact the Cheryl Ramsay at the Maine State Library. Those who receive a sponsorship agree to 1) report on how they used the training in their library, and 2) contribute to a follow-up discussion on this training at the MSLA 2019 meeting.


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 experiential, interactive training, 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.

You will be guided through the creation of a “Climate Change Communications Toolbox” to facilitate dialogue and host “Climate Change Conversations” within your library community.
You will:
• Learn how to create and host “Climate Change Conversations” at your library.
• Share ideas for archiving and exhibiting artifacts created in workshops.
• 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.

9:30-10:00 Coffee and Networking
10:00-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Afternoon Session

Fee: There is a $20 charge for this event to defray the cost of refreshments and lunch. Please make checks payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine (please note: checks not made out this way will be returned for reissue).

Mail checks to (include your name with check so we register the correct person):
Cheryl Ramsay
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

About the Instructor
A 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Madeleine Charney is the Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. She helped launch Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative, campus-wide project that facilitates contemplative experiences in which to explore this global threat. She is co-founder of SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, the newest round table under ALA. She is a Master Gardener, certified in Permaculture Design, and helped start up her local chapter of Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Liveable Climate. Madeleine holds an MLS from University of Rhode Island (1991) and an MA in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design (2003).