Ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/20/2022


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, library patrons of all ages are becoming ever more interested in sustainability and self-reliance topics. Libraries, in turn, are enhancing their programming to embrace these timely concerns by organizing instructional workshops, creating community gardens, building beekeeping exhibits, teaching patrons about reducing waste and sustainable food sources, and more. Drawing on real-world initiatives from public, school, and academic libraries across the country, editor Ellyssa Kroski’s “25 Ready-to-Use Sustainable Living Programs for Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, provides materials and equipment lists, approximate budget for items on those lists, and program recommendations for age ranges and type of library. The programs detailed in the collection include:

  • Mason jar hydroponic gardening, straw bale gardening, growing vegetables outside in winter, and a variety of other gardening activities;
  • sharing fixing skills and fostering sustainable culture through repair events;
  • family-friendly programs such as how to make rolled beeswax candles and glycerin soap;
  • upcycled jewelry for teens and adults; 
  • a hands-on canning workshop;
  • making herbal tea blends;
  • how to start a food waste collection, the basics of composting, raising chicks and chickens, and more homesteading programs; and
  • coordinating gardening and sustainability programs with local experts. 

Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of more than 60 books, including “Law Librarianship in the Age of AI,” for which she received AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

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