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Choose Civility Portland

Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility!

Public libraries are important community center where citizens can gather to civilly discuss issues important to our community. Join us in this ongoing series of events as we explore the issues that affect our community and learn more about both our city and our neighbors!


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.

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

Upcoming Events:
Civic Hackathon @ PPL
9:00am - 9:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Calling all hackers! Join us at Portland Public Library on Saturday September 12th at 9am to be part of creating something awesome for our city!
Join the Conversation: Heroin
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families By now, most of us have heard of this growing epidemic here in the region. Join us at Portland Public Library on Thursday, Sept 24th at 5:30 to hear from a panel of local experts to define what the problem is and what we can do.
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Choose Civility Honors MLK Jr Day
January 17, 2015 - Choose Civility Program reflection of King's values.   more »
Help is On the Way: Charitable Giving
December 30, 2014 - You know you want to save the world. Where, oh, where to begin?   more »
Reflections on Civility
December 16, 2014 - The Choose Civility Initiative depends on the values of respect, curiosity, and advocacy.   more »