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Martin Luther King at DC Parade

Celebrating "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" Podcast

Annual MLK Library tradition returns as a virtual event

Pictured: Martin Luther King, Jr. with his son, Martin Luther King III, and Walter Fauntroy on March 12, 1967 in a convertible at the start of a parade at Dunbar High School that ended at Cardozo High School. King was in D.C. to promote Fauntroy's MICCO program and Shaw neighborhood development.

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Reading About Writing

Elevate Your Writing By Exploring the Craft

Do you like writing? Do you love exploring the craft? Guess what? We have books for that! 

Global Babies

A Difference Book List

Children, Tweens and Teens

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day/Week many will seek out opportunities to make their communities more inclusive. Some will give aid to the unseen. Some will make their feelings known through writing campaigns and protests. Others will learn more about those who are different from themselves. The following book list is in the spirit of inclusion through seeing and validating difference.

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Author Talk: Paula Young Shelton

What was like to be part of the civil rights movement as a child during the 1960s? 

Black Films Matter

Black Films Matter

Six Provocative, Rarely-Seen Films

Youth continue to be at the heart of every social movement. What are today's teens thinking about current and past African American social movements?  From 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Thursday from January 18 to February 22, 2018, teens at the Parklands-Turner Library will watch and discuss films that show little-known occurrences of the past that are relevant to what they see happening in society today. 

Image of Black History Buttons

Be the Message Maker

DIY Button and Book Marker Making

Want to wear your message to the world on your shoulder?  Don't wait until February to make your mark.  Come to a special post-Kwanzaa/Get-Ready-for-Black-History-Month DIY craft for teens at the Parklands-Turner Library. Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., teens will immortalize powerful, meaningful images and words as they design their own buttons and book markers to wear during Black History Month and beyond.  

MLK Day Celebration

MLK Day of Celebration for Children & Families

Join us as we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day-long program for kids (ages 0-12) and their families. The day's exciting line up of activities features a fun puppet show, interactive reader's theatre, MLK crafts, and an opportunity for kids to recite a part of their favorite speech by Martin Luther King Jr using a microphone and props.  The day ends with an animated movie and popcorn. 

Why We Can't Wait by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Why We Can't Wait by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Community Discussion, Sat., Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.

You are cordially invited to a community discussion of Why We Can't Wait by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sat., Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the information desk.  


January's Tough Topics: Prejudice and Peace

Several violent acts of prejudice, many involving youth of color and the police, have risen to the forefront of the news over the past few months. Children may not understand if they see present-day protesters out in public, or when they encounter similar images of Civil Rights era discrimination and demonstrations. Children also may be confused by the tension many people still feel when dealing with police officers, the friendly, uniformed, community helpers we teach them to trust and admire.