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 2018 Programs @Your Library includes 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.

Made By History
A “Lift the Flap” display shows how civil rights history affects us today. Adults
All month
Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd
During Library hours

Personal History Books
Discover how your personal history makes you who you are! Document your story and add it to an interactive bulletin board. Continues through February. School age
Jan. 2
Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd.
4:30-6 p.m.

Mapping History
Create a St. Louis City neighborhood map focusing on the area surrounding and served by the Divoll Library. Stories, histories and neighborhood markers will be artfully included on the map throughout the month as they are collected from patrons and community leaders. Adults/Teens
Jan. 9
Divoll, 4234 N. Grand Blvd.
4:30-6 p.m.

From Roots to Leaves
Children will tag themselves, the members of their family and their goals on our community tree board. School age
Jan. 9
Walnut Park, 5760 W. Florissant Ave.
4-5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Dr. King Through Art
Create a poster of what King’s legacy and holiday mean to you. Posters will be on display in the Library throughout the month. School age
Jan. 9
Machacek, 6424 Scanlan Ave.
4-5 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Club
Discuss John Lewis’ graphic novel, “March: Book 3” and design a protest sign. Teens
Jan. 9
Central‘s Teen Lounge, 1301 Olive St.
4-5 p.m.

Express Your Freedom
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through multimedia art. School age
Jan. 9
Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave.
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Woke
A morning of spoken word performances inspired by Dr. King’s preaching legacy. School age
Jan. 10
Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave.
10-11:30 a.m.

Civil Rights Collages
Create a collage based on what civil rights mean to you.  School age
Jan. 10
Cabanne, 1106 Union Blvd
4-5 p.m.

Bingo
Learn more about Dr. King by playing bingo and winning prizes! School age
Jan. 11
Carondelet, 6800Michigan Ave.
4-5 p.m.

Digital Trivia
Focuses on King’s life and the lives of those with whom he fought. Teens with the top three scores in all rounds win! Teens
Jan. 11
Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd.
5-6 p.m.

Quotes from Dr. King
Create a “Peace Wreath” of Dr. King’s quotes in celebration of his life. School age
Jan. 11
Baden,8448 Church Rd.
4-5 p.m.

Family Crest
Create a family crest inspired by your history in celebration of Dr.  King’s words, “We are not makers of history, we are made by history.” School age
Jan. 11
Kingshighway, 2260 S. Vandeventer Blvd.
4-5:30 p.m.

Becoming King: The Inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A panel discussion with community members each representing a major influence on King’s life will be led by Gregory Carr, a King scholar and professor of oration from Harris-Stowe University. The goal is to understand better Dr. King’s legacy by exploring those who inspired and supported him. Adults
Jan. 11
Schlafly, 320 N. Euclid Ave.
7-8 p.m.

Standing Up For History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Listen to the book, “Counting on Community,” written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara. Learn how the activism of Dr. King helped change history for the better, then create picket signs in the spirit of his peaceful demonstrations. Families
Jan. 13
Central’s Children’s Library, 1301 Olive St.
2-3 p.m.

Snow Your Rights!
Dr. King spoke up for the rights of all people, but the snowmen feel left in the cold. What would you do to protect their rights? Create protest chants and banners in support of our wintry brethren. School age
Jan. 16
Schlafly, 320 N. Euclid Ave.
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Trivia Day
Focuses on Dr. King’s life and legacy. Participants test their knowledge and learn new facts about one of the most celebrated Civil Rights activists.  Families.
Jan. 20
Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave.
1-2:30 p.m.

Our History, Our Silhouettes
Exploring the meaning of Dr. King, Jr.’s quote, “We are not makers of history, we are made by history,” create a Silhouette Self Portrait filled with all the people, places and things that make you who you are. School age
Jan. 22
Barr, 1701 S. Jefferson Ave.
5-6 p.m.

I have a Dream Blood Drive and Organ Donor Sign-up
Registration requires in the events calendar at slpl.org.
Jan. 29
Kingshighway, 2260 S. Vandeventer Blvd.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Be sure to stop by these Libraries to see the special Dr. King displays: Baden, Barr, Buder, Carondelet, Carpenter and Machacek. Visit slpl.org for more information.