Honoring MLK Day: Virtual programs & more from your library

Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. as a day on, not a day off this Monday, January 18. Below find virtual programs and activities, digital title suggestions, online resources, and more to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the best known leaders of the civil rights movement.

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Tweens & teens: Join us virtually!

MLK Healing Peace Circles

Monday, January 18. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, young adults are invited to virtually come together and talk to people their own age. Young adults can discuss issues related to current politics and racism. This is a safe space; what gets said in the circle stays in the circle. This program will be led by librarian, and trained Circle Facilitator, Ms. Beronica Puhr.

What is a Peace Circle? In Peace Circles, questions are asked and a talking piece is passed from person to person, providing everyone in the circle an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences if they choose.

Living History Project

Monday, January 18, 5:30-7:30 pm. Youth in grades 6-12 will cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, learn about the histories of social movements in the U.S., and gain public speaking experience in this youth-led program. Participants have the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research, as well as plan and organize community presentations. Register in Zoom now »

More virtual events & family activities

The Art Institute of Chicago MLK Day Programs & Activities

While the museum is closed to the public, the Art Institute of Chicago will host its annual MLK Day will be held virtually. Beginning the week of January 18, you’ll find live and recorded programs, at-home activities for families, and resources for taking action for equity and justice. Browse the museum’s MLK Day offerings »

Cradles to Crayons MLK Day of Service

In addition to their annual donation drive, Cradles to Crayons is offering virtual service opportunities, including virtual volunteer opportunities, this year. See a list of service opportunities »

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