Lightbulb logo
Carroll County Public Library
Infinite Possibilities

Choose Civility

Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative led by Howard County Library System that values diversity, respect, compassion, empathy, and inclusiveness as essential to our quality of life. We invite all to participate.

About the Initiative

Carroll County Public Library serves as a Choose Civility Affiliate of the ever-expanding collective of Choose Civility communities worldwide. Partial funding for this initiative is provided by a grant managed by the Howard County Library System through the Maryland State Library. Choose Civility, Howard County, MD serves as the Choose Civility Headquarters. Learn more about participating Chapters and Affiliates

Upcoming Events

Check Currents or the Calendar of Events site for more events.

program19843
Battle of the Books Author Series: Ru Xu and Cammie McGovern
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
All are welcome at this series of author talks with Battle of the Books authors on Monday, 3/18 (Hena Khan and Natalie Lorenzi) and Friday, 3/22 (Ru Xu and Cammie McGovern).

Meet two authors featured on this year's Battle of the Books reading list! Ru Xu is the author or NewsPrints and the just-released sequel EndGames, about Blue, an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy during wartime. Cammie McGovern is the author of Chester and Gus as well as one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. 

An author talk will be followed by an interview by Ted Zaleski and an audience Q&A. A book signing will follow the talk. Bring your copies or purchase books that night from A Likely Story Bookstore.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Carroll County Public Library.

program18873
McDaniel College Gospel Choir
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
The McDaniel College Gospel Choir is made up of McDaniel students and community members that are committed to spreading the message of love, tolerance, and compassion to Carroll County and beyond. The choir is a diverse group that sings spirituals, gospel, and a variety of music to lift your spirits and fill your heart with joy.

program16786
Carroll One Book Discussion to Promote Unity
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ages: 16 – Adults, Adults
More information
Join us as we use Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a springboard to discuss the idea of unity and how to put it into action each day. Sponsored by the Learning Advantage Partnership, a collaboration between Carroll County Public Schools and Carroll County Public Library. Music by Eric Byrd begins at 6:30 PM and is sponsored by a Choose Civility Grant. The discussion will start at 7 PM.

program18682
Welcome Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 5 – Adults, Adults
More information
CCPL is excited to welcome Maasai Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko to share information and understanding about Maasai culture.

program18679
Welcome Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 5 – Adults, Adults
More information
CCPL is excited to welcome Maasai Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko to share information and understanding about Maasai culture.

program18668
Welcome Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 5 – Adults, Adults
More information
CCPL is excited to welcome Maasai Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko to share information and understanding about Maasai culture.

program19847
Critical Thinking: A Philosophical Discussion Group
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Registrations is for 5 sessions to meet in June on 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 and 6/30.  Participate in a philosophical discussion group on a different topic each week.  The conversation is not directed toward consensus nor is it a debate to be won;  the objective is to share everyone's knowledge in the group and to widen and illuminate the subject.  Topics will include questions like the following:  Does competition bring out our best or our worst?  If you aren't truthful and you don't get caught, did you do anything wrong?  Does language limit creativity?  Who is responsible for understanding, the speaker or the listener?  

program19848
Critical Thinking: A Philosophical Discussion Group
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Participate in a philosophical discussion group on a different topic each week.  The conversation is not directed toward consensus nor is it a debate to be won;  the objective is to share everyone's knowledge in the group and to widen and illuminate the subject.  Topics will include questions like the following:  Does competition bring out our best or our worst?  If you aren't truthful and you don't get caught, did you do anything wrong?  Does language limit creativity?  Who is resonsible for understanding, the speaker or the listener?

program19849
Critical Thinking: A Philosophical Discussion Group
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Participate in a philosophical discussion group on a different topic each week.  The conversation is not directed toward consensus nor is it a debate to be won;  the objective is to share everyone's knowledge in the group and to widen and illuminate the subject.  Topics will include questions like the following:  Does competition bring out our best or our worst?  If you aren't truthful and you don't get caught, did you do anything wrong?  Does language limit creativity?  Who is resonsible for understanding, the speaker or the listener?

Choose Civility Carroll County Reading Selections

A Selection of Choose Civility Materials Available at CCPL