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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:
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!
Recent Posts:
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 »