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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 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.

In partnership with the Lift360 (formerly the Institute for Civic Leadership), PPL will host Portland Public Conversations, 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.

Save the following dates for more in our series of Portland Public Conversations: 
November 25th:  Participating Portland: Practical Opportunities to Get Involved  (Main Library 8am, doors open at 7:30)
December 9th : Picturing Portland: Visioning Our Shared Future  (Main Library 8am, doors open at 7:30)

 Click here for our flyer: Choose Civility Portland Conversations

This fall we also offer community conversations in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, providing an opportunity to explore the values underpinning civility, drawing on shared readings from the Civically Engaged Reader.  Click here for our flyer: Creating the Communities We Wish to Live In.

Share suggestions for programs or feedback with Kim Simmons, Program Coordinator simmons@portland.lib.me.us

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Upcoming Events:
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.
Dec09
Picturing Portland: Visioning Our Shared Future
7:30am - 10:00am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families, Seniors The Choose Civility Initiative, in partnership with Lift360 invites you to this participatory conversation envision how we might like the future Portland to look.
Dec18
Creating the Communities We Wish For - A Neighborhood Conversation
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors We have a fabulous short poem, that raises important issues, space to meet, an hour and a half set aside, and someone to help get the conversation going -- all we need is you! Learn more and register at http://civicconversations.eventbrite.com
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.
Recent Posts:
Participating in Portland: a Portland Public Conversation
November 24, 2014 - Join the Choose Civility Initiative in a public conversation on volunteerism in Portland.   more »
Choosing to Participate
November 12, 2014 - Choose to participate in Portland; learn more about our November 25th Choose Civility program!   more »
The Worth of Conversation
October 29, 2014 - A summary of Choose Civility programs coming up in November and December!   more »