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Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility! PPL is pleased to announce  Choose Civility Portland, modeled on the work of  the Howard County Library System.  With generous funding from the Lerner Foundation, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to discuss issues that are important to our community.

At PPL, we believe we are all enriched by our differences and fueled by diverse ideas and sources of knowledge. We understand a common practice of civility to be an essential component for maintaining our vibrant role as a community commons. We are excited to investigate further what civility means to us, as a community, and what ideas we have to promote civic engagement.

Choose Civility Portland will offer opportunities to engage and interact around questions about civility as an interpersonal practice, a community standard and as the foundation of Democracy. Choose Civility Portland will emphasize the link between civility and civic engagement and will offer programs and that highlight civic engagement opportunities in our community.

In partnership with the Institute for Civic Leadership, PPL will host a series of public forums designed to engage us in questions central to our shared public life and to provide an opportunity for civil discourse and to reflect on the kinds of civility-practices that matter most in our community.

With the Maine Humanities Council, we will also offer an opportunity to explore the values underpinning civility, drawing on shared readings from the Civically Engaged Reader.

Please share your suggestions for programs, forum topics, or feedback with Kim Simmons, program coordinator, simmons@portland.lib.me.us

Check back frequently for updates!

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Upcoming Events:
Apr29
Active Hope : A Workshop
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors A strong community depends in large part on the participation of its' members and community engagement often depends on an individual's hope for the future. This workshop explores the practice of strengthening hope as a civic value.
May01
Veterans Legal Clinic
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults The Volunteers Lawyer Project and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
Jun05
Veterans Legal Clinic
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults The Volunteers Lawyer Project and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
Jul03
Veterans Legal Clinic
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults The Volunteers Lawyer Project and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
Aug07
Veterans Legal Clinic
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults The Volunteers Lawyer Project and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
Sep04
Veterans Legal Clinic
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults The Volunteers Lawyer Project and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
Recent Posts:
Active Hope
April 4, 2014 - Promoting workshops based on the book Active Hope.   more »
Science of Character – March 20th
March 11, 2014 - Let It Ripple launches the Science of Character, including 8 min film and discussion.   more »
March – Women’s History Month
March 4, 2014 - Internet resources and local events highlighting opportunities to learn about women's history month.   more »