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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:
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.
Sep09
Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Join authors Debby Irving and Shay Stewart-Bouley as they talk about racism’s impact on their lives and how conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics. There will be ample time for discussion.
Sep24
The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults Join Gina O'Rourke, owner of Nomia, and Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of several erotica anthologies for a conversation about 50 Shades and other titles; the lines between romance, erotica and pornography; and recommended reads. #bannedbookweek
Sep30
Portland Public Conversations : Portland's People
7:30am - 9:30am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors The Choose Civility Initiative, in partnership with Lift360 invites you to this participatory conversation exploring data and stories that help us better understand the Greater Portland community.
Oct02
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.
Nov06
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.
Dec04
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.
Jan01
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.
Feb05
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.
Mar05
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.
Apr02
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.
May07
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.
Jun04
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.
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