Montgomery Public Libraries Program Helps Mend Political Divide

Talking politics with family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers whose politics differ from your own can be intimidating. A new program offered by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) aims to help residents feel comfortable talking across the political divide.

According to a Montgomery County press release:

The program, facilitated by Better Angels, a nation-wide organization formed to unite Americans and depolarize our society, will teach participants skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground and affirm their common humanity. Participants will have an opportunity to practice those skills in the workshop.

“We are extremely proud to be able to provide this workshop at MCPL,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Libraries are the appropriate space to have civil conversations about difficult and even polarizing issues. We hope this workshop will help participants talk about hard topics with others who disagree with them in a respectful and productive manner.”

The “Better Angels Skills Workshop” will take place from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th, at the Rockville Memorial Library.

Registration is available on the website or by calling the Rockville Memorial Library at 240-777-0140.

Visit the MCPL website for more information.