Community Climate Cafes at Alum Rock Branch Library

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Community Discussions on Climate Change

This fall, join us at Alum Rock Branch Library for a series of community discussions about climate change and extreme weather events. Part book club and part science café, this is a chance to talk with NOAA meteorologist Brian Garcia from the National Weather Service’s Bay Area forecast office and your neighbors about issues that matter to all of us.

At each program, we watch a short video about Americans who have responded and adjusted to climate changes and extreme weather events in their communities, and then will have a group discussion about the videos and the weather and climate related issues that impact our daily lives right here in San Jose.

STRATEGY: Saturday, November 4, 4:00 PM

The week of November 4, will have a theme of STRATEGY.
We'll discuss adaptive strategies for managing environmental challenges — from droughts to flooding — that affect your homes and communities. With long term improvements in mind, we’ll generate ideas that can take root in your backyards.

Video preview:

For the November 4 discussion, we will be joined by Paul Fleischman, author of Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines.  Fleischman is an award winning author of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for children, teens, and adults. More at

Available at All Three Sessions

  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • We will be giving away:
    • Kill-a-Watt meters, a home device that assesses the efficiency of your electrical appliances. Cut down on costs by monitoring your expenses over time.
    • Single ride gift codes from Ford GoBike, for a free ride from any bike share station in San Jose or throughout the Bay Area.

Further Reading

Recommended but not required reading companion to the programs:

Background on This Series

Pushing the Limits: PLACE is a library-hosted reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in underserved and rural communities, made possible by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Califa Group, Dartmouth College, Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group.

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Why is this only at Alum Rock Library? This should also be held at other libraries. Is this an event sponsored by Friend of Alum Rock Library? If so, Friends at Bascom Library and other SJ library sites need to do this also.

Hi, Thank you for your interest! This program is made possible by a grant the library received. Specifics of the grant stipulate presenting a three-program series at one library. We will keep in mind the possibility of offering similar programs at other branches in the future.

Great idea! Thanks for putting this together. I'm wondering about how long you anticipate the program portion to run as I have another event later Saturday and am trying to decide if I would have time to attend this as well. Also, can you tell me if you will be video taping/posting the program? If I can't make it to the first session Saturday, I'd still be interested in the content. If not, I'll just try to make session 2 and 3.

Hi Christy, Thanks so much for your interest. We anticipate the program to run about 90 minutes, although this is not set in stone. If you would like to attend the beginning of the program, we completely understand if you need to bow out early. We don't have plans to videotape the event, but you are welcome to e-mail me at and I can provide you with a brief written recap after the event if you'd like.

This is an awesome idea: so important to talk about climate change and explore ways to adapt to and mitigate it. Bravo!

Thank you for your kinds words! Hope to see you there. :)

This looks like a fantastic series and I hope to attend today's final Cafe. How can bring this program to other branches? Thank you for organizing it!!

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