Due to the impending storm, the Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29th.
Since September 2021 we have been working towards a Certification with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative, which was created in response to resolutions by the New York and American Library Associations' on the importance of sustainable libraries.
The process is designed to create a community of leaders within Harborfields Public Library with tools to establish sustainable practices and demonstrate how acting sustainably can change our community for the better. There are 12 sections, each focusing on a different part of sustainability: economic feasibility, environmental stewardship and social justice for our community.
So far, this is what we have accomplished:
Creation of a “Green Team” to help guide the process, implement a check-list of action items and encourage participation
Completed a staff survey revealing staff interests and concerns
Presented a Sustainability Policy to the Library Board of Trustees, which was accepted and can be viewed on our website
Held the Great Giveaway, donated items made available for free to the community
Developed a process for reusing and recycling discarded materials
Expanded coordination with local groups for donation drives and events
Participation in NexTrex plastic film recycling challenge
Evaluate and recommend in-house purchasing procedures and products
Provide additional educational programs and activities for staff and the community related to social justice and the environment
Install and maintain additional Little Free Libraries
Sponsor and maintain a raised bed at Clifford Soergel Memorial Outreach Garden with Library volunteers