St. Louis Public Library celebrates MLK by presenting a month of programming

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.

Jan. 5
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.
Central Library
3-4 p.m.
School age

Jan. 8
MLK: Do-Right Posters
Create a poster to show your favorite way to help others.
Buder Library
3:30-4:30 p.m.
School age                          

Jan. 10
Creative Kids: Dog Toys
Make a shelter dog’s day by creating a toy for an animal in a shelter.
Carondelet  Library
4-5 p.m.
School age

Jan. 14
MLK Day of Service: Buttons for Change
Spread MLK Jr.’s vision for change by creating buttons to wear or share with others.
Divoll Library
4:30 p.m.
Teens                                      

Jan. 14
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
4-5 p.m.
Teens 

Jan. 15
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.
Machacek Library
4-5 p.m.
Families

Jan. 15
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.
Cabanne Library
4:30-5:30 p.m.
School age                         

Jan. 17
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.
Carpenter Library
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Teens

Jan. 17
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
4-5 p.m.
School age

Jan. 17
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.
Schlafly Library
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Preschoolers

Jan. 17
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.
Schlafly Library
7-8:30 p.m.
Adults

Jan. 19
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.
Baden Libary
1-2:30 p.m.
Adults

Jan. 22
Creative Kids: Let Freedom Sing
Children will listen as Vanessa Newton’s book “Let Freedom Ring” and make a “Freedom Bell.”
Baden Library
4-5 p.m.
Preschoolers

Jan. 23
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.
Central Library
4-5 p.m.
Teens

Jan. 23
MLK: “Empowerment Rocks”
Paint a rock with an inspiring quote or picture to remind you to be strong when the going gets tough.
Barr Library
5- 6 p.m.
School age  

Jan. 24
Martin Luther King, Jr. Trivia Day
Participants will get to test their knowledge and learn new facts about one of the most celebrated Civil Rights activists.
Julia Davis Library
6-7 p.m.
Adults