In celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the St. Louis Public Library hosts several programs throughout January at various locations to recognize Dr. King’s amazing accomplishments.
MLK 2019 Programs @Your Library include displays, history mapping, book clubs, spoken word performances and much more.
For a complete list of Library programs, go to slpl.org or pick up a brochure at one of our locations.
A King’s Call to Action: Cards with Care
Celebrating the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Children and their caregivers will create cards and letters for veterans and soldiers.
Share Your Voice!
Learn about zines and their role in empowerment, self-advocacy and political activism. Browse zines from SLPL’s zine collection, magazines and newspapers to see how others have shared their voices. Participants will be able to make zines to share their ideas with our community.
Walnut Park Library
Martin Luther King, Jr. Hand Banner
Children will discuss what the quote, “…the time is always right to do what is right” means to them and will construct a Hand Banner.
King’s Call to Action: Caring Close to Home
Children will create cards for senior citizens at the Wohl Community Center who need extra care and some cheerful encouragement.
Violence and Black Migration
Cheeraz Gormon, founder and executive director of Sibling Support Network, will explore connections between the trauma of violent crime in African-American communities and its impact on housing and people in an interactive discussion.
Remember the Time with MLK
Children will listen to the book “Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Raqppaport. Kids will work together to create a human timeline of events of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.
Julia Davis Library
Doing the Right Thing: Dr. King’s Legacy
Listen to stories about being a productive member of the community. Trace, cut out and decorate hearts to reflect your contributions.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” was delivered at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, April 3, 1968. Professional actors will read the text of the speech from scripts and perform musical selections that depict the songs popular during the civil rights movement. The audience will be encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long. Images will be projected that depict various events during the era. A 15-minute Talk-back will be facilitated by the director and actors.
With Food and Justice for All
Social justice projects come in many forms – and in some cases, many flavors. Several nonprofit groups in the Saint Louis area are working to “do what is right” through food-oriented programs, from bringing fresh produce into neighborhoods that are “food deserts,” to helping disadvantaged individuals contribute to society through culinary programs. Join us as we hear presentations on this important work; Q&A will follow.
DIY: MLK Empowerment Jars
Explore the themes of “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone and paint a jar where they collect “Dear…” letters to each other filled with words of empowerment.