TREK for Civility Week at NPL

Post Date:01/07/2014

Join us for a variety of films, performances and Storytimes that focus on building tolerance, respect, empathy and kindness (TREK) in our surrounding community as we kick off Norfolk Public Library's (NPL) initiative, TREK for Civility.

TREK for Civility encourages NPL staff and the community to choose courtesy and consideration at every opportunity when interacting with others. This library initiative is inspired by the book “Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct  by Johns Hopkins University Professor Dr. P.M. Forni, and the national campaign, Choose Civility, led by the Howard County (Md.) Library System.

NPL’s TREK for Civility week will take place January 18 – 26, during which free events that explore the concepts of civility will be open to the public. A few of these events are listed below, and a full schedule of events as well as booklists for children, tweens/teens, and adults are available at all NPL locations and online. For more information about TREK for Civility Week, go to


TREK for Civility Week Events

(Full schedule of events available at

Sharing the Dream

Saturday, January 18 @ 2 PM
Janaf Branch Library ~ (757) 441-5660
Keep Dr. King’s dream alive with our children by sharing the book, “I Have a Dream.” Hear Dr. King’s speech and view beautiful illustrations by Kadir Nelson. (Family)

Teaching Tolerance Film: “A Time for Justice”

Thursday, January 23 @ 3 PM
Van Wyck Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2844
Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captures the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and voices of those who participated in the struggle. (Tweens & Teens)

Demia Lindsey-Mitchell: Visit & Book Signing

Saturday, January 25 @ 1 PM
Park Place Branch Library ~ (757) 664-7330
Author Demia Lindsey-Mitchell will host a fun and interactive book discussion on her TyToonz series of children’s educational books which focus on the character building principles of forgiveness, balance and moderation, identity and self-worth. (Family)

Success without Stress

Presented by the Art of Living Foundation
Sunday, January 26 @ 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Pretlow Anchor Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1750
Are you overwhelmed with stress in your personal and professional life? Discover the art of calming the mind through the power of breath, and be introduced to practical wisdom and powerful techniques to rejuvenate and de-stress. (All Ages)

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