Leonardtown, Md. – The St. Mary’s County Library invites the public to the first ever Choose Civility: Southern Maryland Longest Table. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don’t know, exchange stories about life in St. Mary’s County and discover both common ground and new ideas.


Join us on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. for a community conversation over a family-style meal from Mission BBQ. The event will be held at the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center, on the lawn adjacent to Miedzinski Park (23145 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown). Tickets are $10, to cover expenses. Purchase your ticket online at www.stmalib.org, or visit any St. Mary’s County Library branch.


During the meal, participants will discuss how to Choose Civility in their everyday interactions. To enhance the experience of getting to know different people, guests will not be seated with their companions.


“St. Mary’s County Library is incredibly excited to bring the Longest Table to St. Mary’s County,” said Laura Boonchaisri, Publicity, Outreach and Programming Coordinator for            St. Mary’s County Library. “We hope to start a community conversation about what civility looks like for St. Mary’s and discuss how we can Choose Civility in our everyday interactions with each other.”


Special thanks to the Human Relations Commission of St. Mary’s County, Mission BBQ, Southern Maryland Regional Library, St. Mary’s County Government and Community Mediation of St. Mary’s County for their support, partnership and sponsorships. This event would not be possible without the support of a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by Howard County Public Library.


If your organization is interested in becoming a partner for this or future Choose Civility: Southern Maryland events, please contact Laura Boonchaisri, lboonchaisri@stmalib.org or call 301-475-2846 ext. 1007.


The Southern Maryland libraries (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and the Southern Maryland Regional Library) have come together to support Choose Civility: Southern Maryland. The Choose Civility initiative started with the Howard County Library and then grew throughout Maryland and beyond. For more information about Choose Civility, visit http://choosecivility.org/