Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative designed to enhance civility, respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance, led by Howard County Library (MD). Choose Civility evolved from an internal library campaign into a successful community-wide initiative with nearly 100 partners and funders, including the public school system and community college. Learn why more than 60,000 people have chosen to display Choose Civility car magnets on their vehicles, and why the library is a natural choice to lead the initiative. Three key leaders from the public library and the public school system will explore techniques to articulate a vision and mission, implement a Choose Civility Initiative, position the library as a lead partner, recruit and engage community partners, form a Board of Advisors, develop a public relations campaign, and create relevant curriculum for students of all ages.
Webinar presenters are Valerie J. Gross, President & CEO of Howard County Library (HCL); Christie P. Lassen, HCL′s Director of Public Relations; and Ellen Flynn Giles, Chair of the Howard County Board of Education, and Vice-Chair of Friends of HCL. This trio has been instrumental in envisioning Choose Civility, transforming the grassroots campaign into a successful community partnership, developing a public relations campaign, and making Choose Civility a hallmark for Howard County.