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Choose Civility Harford County to Host “The Longest Table” May 4

Harford
County will host a community conversation in May to build relationships among
residents with diverse perspectives. Presented by Harford County Public
Library, in partnership with Harford County government, “The Longest Table” will
include brunch and be held on Saturday, May 4 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Leidos Field
at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Adults and high school students are welcome to
this unprecedented event in Harford County. Tickets are $17. Sponsorship and
volunteer opportunities are also available. The Longest Table is part of Choose
Civility Harford County, a countywide campaign launched in 2018 to promote
respect, tolerance and kindness everywhere, including the internet.

“The
Longest Table continues our efforts to spread kindness and understanding among
people of all backgrounds and points of view,” Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford
County Public Library said. “We are proud to bring community members together
for this event to spark thoughtful and respectful conversations.”

Attendees
will be seated among people they may not know to exchange stories and ideas
about Harford County. A moderator at each table will help facilitate the
discussion based on a few simple questions.  The intent is to generate
civil engagement among all people, including those with ethnic, political and
religious differences. Together, they will be encouraged to have meaningful
discussions about community issues.

“I
look forward to this opportunity for Harford County to break bread together and
connect with our common humanity for our common good,” County Executive Barry
Glassman said.  “I would like to thank Harford County Public Library, the
Aberdeen IronBirds, and all of our Choose Civility partners who are helping us
lead the way to a kinder world.”

More information about Choose Civility Harford County is available at https://www.hcplonline.org/choosecivility/ , on Facebook , and at all library branches.

Tickets for The Longest Table can be purchased at www.hcplonline.org. Information about sponsorships and volunteer opportunities is available from Leslie Greenly Smith, marketing & communications administrator, at smithl@hcplonline.org or by calling 410-273-5707.

This
project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library
Services.