SACRAMENTO, Calif — If you're you're upset about how easy it is to lose friends when talking about politics, the Sacramento Public Library is hosting a panel discussion on how to speak about contentious topics without burning any bridges. 

The panel discussion is part of Sacramento Library's series of events titled "Let's Talk." The upcoming topic is civility. 

Cathy Crosthwaite, the community engagement manager for the Sacramento Public Library, said you are practicing the art of civility if you and another person can talk about subjects that spark debate...and end the conversation without ending your friendship. 

The purpose of the civility event, she added, is to inspire attendees to go back to their community and look for things they have in common with others without focusing too much on what they disagree on. During the talk, panelists Rabbi Mona Alfi, a senior rabbi for Congregation B'nai Israel, Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr., who is a senior pastor for Genesis Church, and Marisa Gottuso, who is the co-chair for Better Angels Sacramento Alliance, will speak. 

The library said Gottuso's organization, Better Angels Sacramento Alliance, aims to bring conservatives and liberals together to talk across political differences. 

For those interested in learning more about how to talk civilly with those who have different political opinion, the Sacramento Library has a recommended book list

To participate in the civility discussion, head to the central library (828 I Street in Sacramento) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. 

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