Updated: December 18, 2013
Let Freedom Ring: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. @ Your Library
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, January 20, the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the historic civil rights leader who electrified the world with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and his vision of racial harmony and equality for everyone. From January 14 through the end of the month, Broward County Libraries will host programs for all ages in celebration of King. From inspirational children’s story and craft programs to film screenings and a workshop on financial freedom, the library will mark the legacy of this great American.
A Day of Celebration, A Day of Service
A federal holiday marking King’s birthday, scheduled on the third Monday in January, was first celebrated in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated it as a national day of service: “A day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service, part of United We Serve, the President of the United States’ national call-to-service initiative, encourages Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
King’s childhood home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Everyone can get involved on MLK Service Day. If you’re interested in libraries, literacy and promoting the love of books and reading, Broward County Library has wonderful volunteer opportunities
for everyone from students to seniors. Teach someone to read
, provide computer instruction
, volunteer as a library docent, tutor a child, join the Friends of the Library
– there are dozens of ways to give back to your community by volunteering with Broward County Library. For ideas on general projects in your area, visit United We Serve and enter your zip code to get connected with local volunteer opportunities. Broward County Library: Special Events in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. (All events are free and open to the public.)
- January 13 - MLK "Jeopardy" Game Reboot, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
- January 14 - Super Monday Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all ages, 4 to 5 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
- January 14 - Bringing Books to Life: Storytime and Craft, 3 to 4 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
- January 15 - Sharkey's Storytime: I Have a Dream! Ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center
- January 15 - Pre-school Story Time, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
- January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me: Stories and Crafts, ages 6-10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
- January 16 - Eyes on the Prize: Documentary chronicling the glory years of the American Civil Rights Movement, 12 noon to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
- January 16 - Cinema Presentation in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please call 954-367-7840 for film title, 3 to 4 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
- January 16 - Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, children's program, 3 to 4 p.m., Lauderhill Towne Centre Library
NOTE: All Broward County Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2013 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery; King was pastor from 1954-1960, and began his quest for civil rights here.
Black History Month Essay Contest and Art Competition at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center’s Youth Services Section will sponsor Black History Month Essay Contest and Art Competition for children and teens. The contest runs until February 8, 2014 and is open to Broward County students. For more information and contest details, visit the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center or call Aneatra King at 954-357-6209.
Exploring the Past – Online Resources from BCL
Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders with free online resources from Broward County Library. Explore the African American Experience, a comprehensive database of historical and contemporary African-American biographies and culture. The site includes online reference books, primary documents such as photos and images, manuscripts and letters. Access Biography in Context for information on more than 22,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. All online resources are free to use with a Broward County Library card.