Alamance County Public Libraries is excited to host several programs this month that coincide with our theme of “Choosing Civility.” This is based on P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct and his Civility Project at Johns Hopkins.
In his book, Forni encourages us to follow basic principles that will improve not just our personal lives, but society. He states that “…being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration in the very fabric of awareness.” It doesn’t stop there. Civility is “…an active interest in the well-being of our communities and even a concern for the health of the planet on which we live.”
His book inspired library staff to choose several of his rules to follow throughout the year that we hope will make a difference in our work environment as well as in our communities. These discussions led ACPL programming staff to create programs that correspond with many of Forni’s civility rules. Not only will there be discussions of his book at the libraries in Graham and Mebane, May Memorial will host a Pen Pal Workshop on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 a.m. that will pair up participants with a resident of a local nursing/retirement home. They will also hold an educational program on Saturday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m. called “Raising Grateful Children” presented by Andrea Hussong, Ph.D.
To coincide with the rule, “Be Gentle to Animals,” Graham will host a Pet University program on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. This program is presented by Marcia Martin, a behavioral consultant who focuses on dog training and helping owners understand their pets.
There are several craft related programs at all three branches including a Zendoodling Workshop in Mebane on Monday, September 29th at 1:00 p.m. and an inspirational canvas art program at Graham on Wednesday, September 17th at noon. These programs encourage creativity and camaraderie and are a great way to relax! In addition, the Mebane Library Knitting Club will be making items to donate to local families in need. If you are interested in helping with this project you can drop off knitted items at any library location.
Alamance County Public Libraries is also excited to offer a Fine Forgiveness Day on Saturday, September 27th. Patrons are able to pay overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items. Each can or boxed item donated will cancel out $1.00 in overdue fines owed to the library. Food donations will apply only to overdue fines. The cost of lost items, processing fees, and collection agency fees will not be covered by food donations.
In helping to spread civility, ACPL is excited to donate all food items to local food pantries. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate Civility in Alamance County!