Choose Civility – Worcester County Library

Choose Civility – Worcester County Library

The Worcester County Library is launching a “Choose Civility” campaign beginning this March to promote kindness, respect, and civil discourse in our communities.  First presented in 2007 by Howard County Public Library, the Choose Civility movement has since spread within Maryland and to other states nationwide.

Worcester County Library participated in the campaign last year and has expanded the campaign this year by creating special “Choose Civility Passports” to encourage civility in all aspects of daily living.  There is a passport designed especially for adults and one for youth.  Both include suggestions to boost respect, kindness, and civility.  The goal is to get people in the habit of practicing civility every day.  The Library is offering a prize drawing in May to raise participation in the program. Special events are planned throughout March, April and May and will include community discussions; book discussion based on P.M. Forni’s book Choosing Civility; mindfulness with yoga series; and storytimes for children and families.  A Ben Franklin living history presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm at the Berlin Branch Library.  Franklin himself started what he called “a club for mutual improvement” and inspired the group to examine 13 core virtues to improve their own lives and positively impact society.  Even one kind gesture makes the world a better place.  We choose civility!  Pick up your civility passport today at one of our five branches located in Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Pocomoke and Snow Hill.

Funding for these programs is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Maryland State Library.  For more information, please visit www.WorcesterLibrary.org or call 410-632-3970.