Sustainable Living Library Programs

With the climate crisis becoming more and more a part of our day-to-day lives, more patrons than ever are interested in sustainability and self-reliance. Ellyssa Kroski, an expert in many areas of library instruction and services, is one of many who opted for the freedom of building a self-sufficient and sustainable way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In this 90-minute webinar, you’ll learn just what it takes to plan, organize, and run sustainability programs for patrons in libraries, both rural and urban. Programs range from gardening topics to teaching pioneer crafts, to homesteading events, and to hosting preservation programs.

Participants will learn about:

  • The core values of sustainable and self-sufficient living
  • How libraries can use these values to connect with patrons
  • What types of sustainable living programs libraries are currently offering
  • How to implement several practical programs on sustainable topics such as straw bale gardening, wildcrafting, preservation, and more

Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Innovation & Engagement at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She can be found at:

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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