storytelling, creation, and community making: ecoliteracy & the library

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Welcome to the virtual community space of the Cambridge Ecofiction Bookgroup. The bookgroup is an initiative of the Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty Library and the English Faculty Library at Cambridge University. It launched in November 2018 as part of the activities of the University Library & Affiliates Green Libraries Group.

We are a team of library workers interested in information literacy, ecoliteracy and creative learning. Our project, EcoLiteracy in the Library, has been developed with a view to engage our community in an activity that speaks to one of our major concerns, global warming and its effects. The project offers the library as a neutral space where to consider these topics, and it is built around the axis of storytelling, imagination, and creation. Fiction and reading are used as tools to engage with environmental conversation, and as well as bookgroups, we offer other complementary activities such as creative writing workshops, or socials events including film screenings. We are hoping to run even more varied activities next academic year, including urban biodiversity walks, or sustainable bookart events.

The activities that we organise, although based in these two academic libraries, are open to everyone within the Cambridge community and beyond. All our events are free, with public booking through Eventbrite. The books chosen for discussion are available to borrow from our libraries by registered readers and members of the University, and they are also widely available in paperback.

If you can’t attend a bookgroup meeting but would like to participate, we are planning to open up the discussion via twitter in a newly opened account, @CamEcoFic, so do follow us!

Please drop us a line, or book directly to attend any of our events, if you are interested in knowing more, or would like to get involved in any capacity with our project.

We are thankful for their support to the Cambridge University Green Libraries Group, the English Faculty Library, the Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty Library, and the University of Cambridge Environment and Energy Team.

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