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Feb. 6: Talking Politics? Choose Civility

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NOTE: Due to January weather, this event will now take place on Feb. 6th.


Talking Politics? Choose Civility

Wednesday February 6th at 6 pm

Oakland Library

The Ruth Enlow Library invites you to the first in a series of "Choose Civility" discussions. The theme, which will allow community members to share their views in a nonpartisan atmosphere, is "Talking Politics: How and Why."

"In a society where neighbors are increasingly torn apart by political differences, there are ways we can talk about the issues and show that we respect people even when we disagree with them," says Thomas Vose, director of the Ruth Enlow Library. "The discussion will be about why it's important to talk respectfully, and how to do it."

The discussion series, which will include talks once a month through June, is part of the Choose Civility initiative. Developed by the Howard County Library System, and supported by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act, Choose Civility is a nationwide program that tries to bring out the best in people by encouraging understanding, kindness and constructive conversations. The Ruth Enlow Library became a Choose Civility affiliate in 2018.

In addition to the monthly discussions at the Oakland library, all branches will distribute selected books to people throughout the community. The list of free books for distribution includes "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie and "Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct" by P.M. Forni.

"We encourage readers to 'Choose Civility: Pass It Along' by giving these books directly to someone else once they’ve been read," says Vose. "We look forward to seeing how far civility can spread!"​


Partners interested in hearing more about the Choose Civility program are encouraged to call Library Director Thomas Vose at 301-334-3996.