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Civility Week Events

Champaign Public Library
April 7 – 13, 2013

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Donna Pittman at 217/403-2048 or dpittman@champaign.org.

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Lou DiBello and David HowieCivility Week Kickoff Concert with David Howie

Sunday, April 7, 2013
2 to 3 pm
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
For all ages

In a fun concert for all ages, singer-songwriter David Howie and guitarist Lou DiBello will premiere Howie's new song, “Civility,” and perform other civility-themed tunes like “Stand by Me” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”  See the Civility video, with special guest Mayor Don Gerard, or listen to the song online. Pictured: DiBello, left, and Howie perform theirLive Jukebox show.

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Jill BremerCivility in the Workplace:
Free Workshop 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
10 am to Noon
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
For adults
Registration is required by Mon., Apr. 8; sign up online at http://bit.ly/civilworkshop or call 217/403-2070.

Rudeness in the American workplace has reached a crisis point, sabotaging productivity and customer service. At this free, two-hour workshop, executive coach and trainer Jill Bremer will teach strategies for creating a more civil and more rewarding work environment. This program will be of interest to managers and employees of all types of workplaces. Read more and register online.

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Make Your Own Civility Poster

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
3 to 4 pm
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
For middle & high school students

LetterMpress app on tabletMiddle and high school students, design your own mini-poster using the LetterMpress app to create the cool look of old lettering. Champaign graphic designer John Bonadies, who developed the bestselling app, will lead the program. He'll bring along an actual printing press, talk about the history of letter press, then guide you as you design a poster with your own civility message. This event is a special edition of the weekly Tuesdays @ the Library series. Read more.

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A Little Kindness Is a Very Big Thing

Wednesday, April 10 (also April 3, 17 & 24)
9:45 – 10:15  /  10:30 ­– 11 am
Robeson Pavilion Room C
For preschoolers

Kindness begins with you! Explore caring and sharing with your preschooler each Wednesday in April. All month long, we'll feature civility-related crafts and activities during our regular Ready, Set, Read! storytime.

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Topper Steinman on Civility: Lost or Found?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9:30 am Refreshments
10 – 11 am Presentation
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
For adults

Join us for a lively discussion of civility—in ourselves, our relationships, and our world. Topper Steinman will lead this exploration of practical ways each of us can increase our civility quotient, to add to a more civil society. For 20 years, Steinman has worked nationwide as a consultant on conflict resolution and locally as an educator in the Champaign schools. This event is part of the Lifelong Learners @ the Library series, a collaboration with Parkland College. Read more.

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Dorothy EspelageRethinking Bullying Prevention

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
7 to 8 pm
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
For adults

At a free presentation by one of the foremost experts on bullying prevention, find out what current research says about youth who are involved in bullying and learn about prevention strategies that show promise. This program will be of special interest to parents, educators, and anyone who works with young people. Our presenter is Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., a professor of child development in the U of I Department of Educational Psychology who has appeared on the Today show, CBS Evening News, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Anderson 360.
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Civility in Politics & the Media

Thursday, April 11, 2013
7 to 8:30 pm
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
For adults

A prestigious panel of journalists and politicians will examine the state of civility in today's political arena and media. Moderated by John Foreman, Publisher of The News-Gazette. Panelists include former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar; former U. S. Congressman Tim Johnson; Rich Martin, head of the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois; Debbie Rugg from the League of Women Voters of Champaign County; and Jim Dey of The News-Gazette.
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Bianca GreenDivorce & Family Mediation: A Civil Alternative

Saturday, April 13, 2013
10 to 11:30 am
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
For adults

Is there an alternative to fighting it out in court? Bianca T. Green will explain how mediation offers a way for couples and families to work together, with help from a neutral mediator, to resolve emotional conflicts, develop mutually beneficial agreements, and plan for the future. Green is a licensed trial attorney and founder of Illinois Mediation Services, Inc. Read more.

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Everyday Manners for Kids

Saturday, April 13, 2013
2 to 4 pm
Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
For children in grades 3 to 5, accompanied by a parent or grandparent
Registration is required by Wed., Apr. 10; sign up online at http://bit.ly/kidsmanners or call 217/403-2030.

This free workshop will focus on everyday greetings, word usage that promotes civility, and proper etiquette in the use of technology. Presenter Rita Blockman is a social worker and longtime CU resident who has taught etiquette classes at the Champaign County YMCA and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. 

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

Our civility effort is inspired by the book Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni and sponsored by:

• Champaign Public Library Friends
• Parkland College
• University of Illinois Library
• BPC & Habeeb Habeeb
• The News-Gazette
• Adams Outdoor
• Surface 51