Choosing Civility

You may have heard me mention a book called Choosing Civility: 25 rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M Forni in one of my previous columns.  All library staff was required to read it two years ago as we undertook a project to look at how we do business.  Basically it’s all about remembering your manners and treating others the way you would like to be treated.  It’s about being kind to each other.

During the month of September and October several of the library sponsored book clubs will be reading and discussing the book.  Our libraries will be leading by example and putting into action some of the premises from Choosing Civility.

  • The Knitting Club at Mebane Public Library will be knitting for the needy – making hats, scarves and baby blankets to help local families keep warm this coming winter.
  • May Memorial will offer a program on letter writing and creating stationary that is unique to your personality.  In this class you’ll have an opportunity to be matched as a pen pal with someone who is homebound or in a nursing home.
  • Skills for working together as a team will be developed at Graham Public Library with a life-sized Jenga game and in a program by Bricks4Kidz
  • Sometimes being calm within ourselves is the best way to begin the road to kindness.  Mebane will offer a class on Zendoodling as a form of meditation.  Zendoodling is a simple and relaxing art form that helps create a peaceful state of mind.
  • A professor from UNC-Chapel Hill will talk about fostering gratitude in children and how this is more than just encouraging good manners.
  • Local businesses will work with us to catch you doing “Random Acts of Kindness” or RAK.  Anyone caught performing an RAK will have their name submitted to a drawing for a prize.

These are just a few of the programs that will be taking place in September.  While we are highlighting ways that we can practice being kind to others during one month, we hope our behavior will reflect this each and every day!  It’s important to remember to be considerate to each other all the time!

I am reading Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich and listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

M.J. Wilkerson
Library Director