Friends of the Castleton Free Library

2021-2022 Science Pub Information

1. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

2. The presenters will be vaccinated but may or may not be masked.

3. Masks may be removed as needed for drinking during the presentation.

4. Since about 25% of those who responded will not attend Science Pub for now, the number of people in our venues will be down and more distanced than in the past. 

Sunday, November 7, 4 pm at Brandon Inn

Preparing the World for a Warmer World Dr. Justin S. Mankin, Geography Department, Dartmouth College

Sunday, November 7, 4 pm at Brandon Inn


Dr. Justin S. Mankin studies climate projections to learn how climate change will affect people and ecosystems. But such climate projections are notoriously uncertain at the regional level, which is where the impacts are felt and where responses are developed. Drawing on examples from violent conflict, economic growth, and water resources, Dr. Mankin will discuss how his work attempts to inform management of climate risks. He will touch on the human consequences, how to reduce uncertainty, and how to use the best available scientific methods to analyze our uncertain future.

Justin Mankin is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College and PI of Dartmouth’s Climate Modeling & Impacts Group. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Earth Sciences and the Ecology, Evolution, Environment, & Society graduate program, and is an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Division of Ocean & Climate Physics at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. His previous career was as an intelligence officer working in South Asia and the Middle East. He holds degrees from Columbia (BA, MPA), the London School of Economics (MSc), and Stanford (PhD).

Friends of Castleton Free Library was formed in 2008 to support our town library by encouraging community involvement through promotion of the library, fund raising and programming.

A Steering Committee of 5-9 members meets monthly to organize the Friends’ activities.
In its efforts to build community, the Friends sponsor book sales, an Ice Cream Social, a monthly book group, the popular Science Pub series, Maple Social and Green-Up Day breakfast. We also participate in many town events including the 4th of July Parade, after-parade party and tree lighting ceremony.

Friends’ donations have paid for furniture, subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, and passes to area museums and attractions.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Denise Nangle – a supporter and volunteer at the library – the Friends are currently partnering with the library in a major construction effort that will make the building accessible via an elevator.

We welcome your participation and support. For information about upcoming open meetings and events, please refer to our Facebook page at:

To contact the Director of the Steering Committee, Normandie Keller, please contact the library and we will forward your questions or requests.

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