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Jan 21, 2021

Brookdale to Offer Free Events, Discussions on Climate Change

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean on World Oceans Day

The American Library Association (ALA) has initiated libraries to engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis with the Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grant. This program has been funded by a generous grant from Andrew and Carol Phelps, the parents of two library master’s students. The pilot program funds film screenings, community dialogues, and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020 and 2021, and will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.

Libraries in New Jersey awarded are East Brunswick Public Library, Princeton Public Library, Red Bank Public Library, Brookdale Community College, Margaret E. Heggan Free Library and the Monmouth County Library.

Brookdale Community College has two upcoming community events on climate change in partnership with Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute. On Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 am, Associate Director Dr. Tom Herrington will speak on the “Impact of Climate Change: Driven Sea Level Rise on Coastal Communities.” He is a Coastal Community Resilience Specialist and has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal, outreach and technical publications in the field of coastal and ocean engineering, including the NJ Sea Grant Consortium’s “Manual for Coastal Hazard Mitigation,” and is a contributing author to “Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design.”

On Thursday, March 11 at 3 pm, there will be a book discussion via Zoom with author Deborah Mura. She will discuss and read from her novel, “Stronger than the Storm.” Mura’s book tells the story of Superstorm Sandy from the eyes of a 15-year-old and her friends.

Having lived at the beach all their lives, 15-year-old protagonist Lacey Freshet and her friends felt their teenage-problem-filled lives were more like the roller coaster they rode regularly in nearby Seaside Heights with its many ups and downs, twists and turns. But everything changed when Hurricane Sandy tossed that roller coaster into the Atlantic Ocean like a child’s discarded toy. This is their story.

All proceeds from this novel are being donated to the People’s Pantry in Toms River and Helping Hands, The Food Pantry at Brookdale Community College.

Assistant Professor of Library Innovation & Learning Resources Institute Judith Unger said, “I am very excited about partnering with outside agencies to educate Brookdale Community College students and the Monmouth County Community about climate change. Brookdale Community College is a real part of Monmouth County and I look forward to planning even more great events in the spring!”

For more information about Brookdale Community College’s free climate change programs and events, visit BrookdaleCC.edu/events.