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Monday, October 8, 2012

Choose Civility Week in Howard County

I have blogged before about how Choose Civility and its bumper stickers  probably define Howard County better than anything else defines us.  This week the HoCo Library celebrates the Choose Civility campaign with a variety of events.  I will be at the Symposium on Thursday at the Miller Library signing up folks for the Friends of Library.  Hope to see you all there.  Here is the list of the week's activities:

editorial cartoon by Karl WimerCHOOSE CIVILITY SYMPOSIUM
Would It Kill You to Be More Civil?

Join NPR journalist Korva Coleman for a lively and timely dialogue about civility in public discourse, featuring The Baltimore Sun's Editorial Editor Andrew Green; David Frum, a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor, and author of the new novel, Patriots; and bestselling author Henry Alford. With the election campaign in full swing, panelists will address the declining civility in America in recent years in both the public arena and personal interactions. Details.
HCLS MILLER BRANCH (410.313.7750)
Thursday, October 11
6:15 - 9:30 pm
Sponsored by The Business Monthly; Friends of Howard County Library; Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine; M&T Bank; Nicodemus Communications Group; Sylvan Learning Center of Ellicott City

Choose Civility Youth Art Show
What would you like people to do (or not do)? Howard County students in grades K-12 are invited to create a picture or take a photo that completes this statement: “Wouldn't We Get Along Better If...?” All 2-D and 3-D media are acceptable. Entries due October 5-8. Download a PDF of the flyer and entry form. Additional details at
COLUMBIA ART CENTER (410.730.0075) (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia)
Exhibit: Oct 11-21
Reception: Tuesday, Oct 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm

HCPSS Civility Poster Contest
Howard County Public School System kicks off its annual Civility Poster Contest during Choose Civiilty Week. HCPSS students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original, hand-drawn artwork that conveys the Choose Civility: The Active Bystander theme. Entries due November 21. Details at

Children's Classes at Howard County Library System:

Choose Civility the Elephant and Piggie Way!
Learn how Elephant and Piggie "Choose Civility" and are always kind to each other. Ages 4-7; 30 min. Tickets required.
HCLS MILLER BRANCH (410.313.1955)
Wednesday, Oct 10
4:30 & 7 pm

Oh So Kind!
Everyone deserves a little kindness, including animals. Celebrate Choose Civility Week with stories, activities and a craft. Ages 3-6; 30 min. Registration required.
Wednesday, Oct 10 4:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 11 10:30 am

Sharing and Caring
Enjoy stories and activities about friendship and manners. Ages 2-5; 30 min. Tickets required.
HCLS CENTRAL BRANCH (410.313.7880)
Thursday, Oct 11
10:15 & 11:30 am

All Together Now
A Choose Civility-themed class for preschoolers and adults to enjoy together. 30 min.
Friday, Oct 12
10:15 and 11:15 am

I received the following information from David Gertler:

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 7pm at the GlenMar Church on New Cut Road - STEM Career Night.  Come out and talk to Howard County residents who live and work in the area.  They will talk about their careers in math, science, engineering and related disciplines.  The talk is aimed at students and parents to help our kids become more aware of the multitude of career choices in today's economy (and local geography).

Sunday, Oct 21st from 1pm - 2:30pm at the Elkridge Public Library and 3pm - 4pm at the Glenwood Public Library will be FREE homework help in math and science classes for Howard County students.  

More details are on my website, and we're requesting people register (especially for the Homework Help sessions, so we have enough parent volunteers) by sending an email to

Speaking of Board of Education candidate David Gertler, the Choose Civility's bumper sticker has become so associated with HoCo that he has imitated the bumper sticker for his campaign sticker.

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