Thanks! to all the folks who brought their talents to share, and to all the folks who turned out in droves to Make - Create - Share here at the Main Library! It was a fantastic success. If you missed it this year, no worries -- we'll be back...
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In 2013 Portland Public Library announced it’s Choose Civility Initiative modeled on the work of  the Howard County Library System, with generous funding from the Lerner Foundation.

Choose Civility has hosted numerous programs, in partnership with Lift360 and the Maine Humanities Council, since its inception covering a variety of topics that affect Portland and our society as a whole; including incivility in politics, economic inequality, how we can become better citizens and neighbors and more . In partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, PPL hosted ‘Creating the Communities We Wish to Live In’ sessions in various locations throughout the city where attendees read a short poem that generated facilitated discussion and questions as to what kind of communities we aspire to be.

Through Choose Civility, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to civilly discuss issues important to our community. Turnout for programs has been fantastic! Feedback has confirmed that people are looking for a trusted space (eg, a public library) to have these important conversations about our democracy.

We invite you to join us. Please  be in touch with any ideas or opportunities:


Upcoming Events:
Law Day
11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (4) Audience: Adults On Law Day, May 1, 2015, Maine lawyers will be present at prearranged times at Maine public libraries throughout the state to meet and speak with members of the public about issues of access to courts and justice in the Twenty-First Century.
The Healthcare Movie & Discussion
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Join us for a screening of The Healthcare Movie, a documentary about how the health care systems in Canada & the U.S evolved to be so different, when once they were essentially the same, followed by a discussion in partnership with Maine Allcare.
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Reflections on Civility
December 16, 2014 - The Choose Civility Initiative depends on the values of respect, curiosity, and advocacy.   more »