Kroski is one of many who opted for the freedom of building a self-sufficient and sustainable way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn just what it takes to plan, organize, and run sustainability programs for patrons in libraries, both rural and urban. Programs range from gardening topics to teaching pioneer crafts, to homesteading events, and hosting preservation programs.


  • The core values of sustainable and self-sufficient living
  • What types of sustainable living programs libraries are currently offering
  • Several practical programs libraries can offer patrons on sustainable topics such as straw bale gardening, wildcrafting, preservation, etc.

Instructor: Ellyssa Valenti Kroski

Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Innovation and Engagement at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books, including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI, for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at:

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