Alexandria Library Wins Grant from National Organization to Support Programs about Climate Change

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Alexandria Library has been selected as one of 25 U.S. libraries to participate in Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that will help libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations on the climate crisis.

“We are so proud to be selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants to bring Resilient Communities to Alexandria Library,” said Executive Library Director Rose T. Dawson. “In a time when climate change is beginning to dramatically affect our everyday lives, we are eager to bring these fact-based, educational programs and dialogues to our community.”

Upgraded and Grounded programming will begin at Alexandria Library on November 21 with a virtual streaming and discussion of the film How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. Over the next six months in partnership with the City of Alexandria Transportation and Environmental Services, the library will use their $1,000 cash grant to host programs such as lectures, demonstrations and panel discussions.

Additional programs can be found on our Events Calendar by searching “upgraded and grounded." We will be adding additional programs in the coming weeks. For more information and a calendar of upcoming library programs, visit

Alexandria Library will also have a collection of climate change-related DVDs and books for checkout and will be designated as a Climate Resilient Hub by the organization Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW). This will position the library to provide ongoing education and community support during extreme weather events.

Resilient Communities strives to raise awareness and provide accurate information about the climate change crisis to the public through libraries. The pilot project has been funded by a generous grant from Andrew and Carol Phelps, the parents of a public librarian and a student pursuing a Master’s in Library Science.

Read the blog post here about the Upgraded and Grounded series.

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About the American Library Association
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