Thursday, January 11, 2018 The County Times County Libraries to Host National Issues Forum Discusssions With the state of the world today, facilitating conversations about pivot- al issues is crucial to improving them, and the National Issues Forum (NIF) is coming to Southern Maryland to do just that. The first in a series of NIF discussions begins this Saturday, Jan.13, at Charles County Public Li- brary’s P.D. Brown Branch at 2 p.m. Two other discussions will be held on Jan. 27 at Calvert Library in Prince Frederick at 9:30 a.m., and later that same day at St. Mary’s County Li- brary’s Lexington Park Branch at 2 p.m. Brad Gottfried, former president of the College of Southern Maryland, and his wife, Linda, will moderate the discussions. All three discussions will focus on the question, “How Should Communi- ties Reduce Violence?” as part of an overall topic of “Safety and Justice.” NIF is a network of civic, educa- tional (and other organizations) and individuals whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It includes civic clubs, reli- gious organizations, libraries, schools and many other groups that meet to discuss critical public issues. Forum participants range from teenagers to retirees, prison inmates to commu- nity leaders, and literacy students to university students. NIF does not advocate specific so- lutions or points of view, but provides citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. NIF booklets on the discussion top- ic of “Safety and Justice” are avail- able to check out through all three county library systems. Additional copies will be made available on a first come, first served basis at the discussion programs. Though the programs are free and open to the public, seating is limited. Please go to SMRLA.org/NIF to reg- ister for a specific location/program. For more information about the Na- tional Issues Forum, visit nifi.org. To learn more about the Southern Mary- land Regional Library Association, visit smrla.org or call 301-884-0436. Local Government Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day All St. Mary’s Government Ad- ministrative Offices will be closed Mon, Jan. 15 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of- fices will reopen on Tues, Jan. 16. The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers will be open for normal hours of op- eration on Jan 15. In addition STS and ADA will operate normally. However, the SSTAP program will not operate on Jan. 15. All three St. Mary’s Library branches (Charlotte Hall, Leonar- dtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on Jan. 15. All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loff ler and Northern) will be closed and no Meals on Wheels deliveries will be made. In Our Community 15 Pet of the Week Meet Cashew Hello there, my name is Cashew and I’m busy looking for a NEW FAMILY! I came into the shelter as an owner surrender because my owner had too many animals. But I’m a SWEET BOY and a little shy with strangers at first but once I warm up, I’m a PURRING, LOVING, CUDDLE MACHINE! I know I’m the purrfect match and can bring happiness to your home. And in JANUARY YOU CAN ADOPT ME FOR THE UNBELIEVABLE PRICE OF $20.18!!! PLEASE CHOOSE ME! And remember, if there is room in the heart, there is room in the house! Come meet me and the wonderful gang at Tri- County Animal Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) or call 301-932-1713 for more information. To see more of my amazing friends available for adoption, “like” us on Facebook @ Tri-County Animal Shelter Southern MD.