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Remembering Dr. King

This April 4 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights hero and peace activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s commitment to equity and service continues to be an inspiration to us at Queens Library.

In his “Drum Major Instinct” sermon in Atlanta on February 4, 1968, Dr. King famously stated, “If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant....That’s a new definition of greatness.”

On April 4, Queens Library will commemorate Dr. King’s great legacy with a special bookmark and a series of events that highlight his many contributions:

 

 

  • Libraries across the borough will host storytimes for children focusing on Dr. King.
  • Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will read the book We March by Shane W. Evans as part of a special storytime at the Children's Library Discovery Center at Central Library at 10 a.m.
  • President Walcott will speak with teenagers at Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway about Dr. King’s teachings.
  • A special edition bookmark will be available to customers on April 4 at all libraries. The bookmark features Dr. King’s statement, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Please note that quantities are limited.

You can see the full schedule of our Remembering Dr. King events below, as well as recommendations for books and movies about Dr. King's life, death, and legacy.

Special Events

MLK: Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Long Island City Library will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. as we present the documentary "Eyes on the Prize" in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Monday, April 2 to Saturday, April 28 (except Sundays)
Long Island City Community Library
37-44 21 Street
Check Showtimes

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Remembering Dr. King: A Special Storytime with Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO of Queens Library
Dennis M. Walcott will be the guest reader at this special storytime to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will be reading books about Dr. King to the children, including "We March" by Shane W. Evans.

Wednesday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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MLK Toddler Time
Join us for Martin Luther King, Jr.-themed interactive stories with simple crafts, hand rhymes, and finger plays, along with bubbles and toys. For children ages 1-5.

Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Long Island City Community Library
37-44 21 Street

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Bring your toddlers to a special hour of storytime and singing in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Corona Community Library
38-23 104 Street

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Storytime: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us for a special storytime, finger plays, and movement activities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Middle Village Community Library
72-31 Metropolitan Avenue

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Children ages 6-12 will enjoy stories about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Coloring, activity sheets, and toys for younger children will be available.

Wednesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Jackson Heights Community Library
35-51 81 Street

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Memories of Martin Luther King: A Teleconference
A special teleconference event for older adults and the homebound. First-time callers please contact Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

Wednesday, April 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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I've Seen The Promised Land: Remembering Dr. King
Come join this special storytime remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
East Elmhurst Community Library
95-06 Astoria Boulevard

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Movie Screening: "In Remembrance of Martin"
Join us for a screening of this remarkable 1986 PBS documentary that includes personal comments from family, friends, and advisors honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 4, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life
Join us as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life by writing a message that will be displayed on our Wall of Remembrances.

Wednesday, April 4, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bayside Community Library
214-20 Northern Boulevard

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Remembering Dr. King
On the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., children, teens, and adults are invited to South Hollis to celebrate his life and legacy through recitations of his famous speeches and a collage program.

Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
South Hollis Community Library
204-01 Hollis Avenue

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We will remember the life and mission of this great civil rights leader with readings and activities for school-aged children.

Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Poppenhusen Community Library
121-23 14 Avenue, College Point

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Kids of all ages can come to the library for a game where they can learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
McGoldrick Community Library
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing

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Story and Craft Time: Remembering Dr. King
Join us for our special storytime in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contribution to peace and the civil rights movement. Listen to MLK-themed stories and learn how to make an origami pigeon. For ages 5 to 12.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Community Library
43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Children of all ages and their families are invited to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by learning about how he worked for peace, freedom, and equality for all people. We will share elementary-level books about Dr. King and a story about peace, followed by a related drawing activity.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Bay Terrace Community Library
18-36 Bell Boulevard, Bayside

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Children ages 6-12 will listen to a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. and make a craft.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Woodhaven Community Library
85-41 Forest Parkway

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Remembering Dr. King: Teens Join A Conversation with Dennis M. Walcott
Attention all teens! Join us at Queens Library for Teens as we commemorate the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will be in attendance at this can't-miss event as we discuss and pay homage to the legacy of Dr. King.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Queens Library for Teens
2002 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Join us for storytime as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and share his messages of love, freedom, equality, and peace, followed by an activity. Share your vision of how you would like to make your world a better place. Children and families of all ages are welcome.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
South Ozone Park Community Library
128-16 Rockaway Boulevard

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Come to our special storytime this afternoon to promote hope, kindness, and love in honor of Dr. King and his contributions to peace and the civil rights movement. For children and families of all ages.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hillcrest Community Library
187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Children of all ages will learn about the legacy of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories about him. They will also make an art mosaic dedicated to him.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Queensboro Hill Community Library
60-05 Main Street, Flushing

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Remembering Dr. King Storytime
Join us for our special storytime honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Windsor Park Community Library
79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside

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Storytime: Remembering Dr. King
Join us as we learn about the legacy of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. Little ones can settle in for our storytime centered around messages of love, peace, and equality. We will provide a fun activity at the end of our program. Space is limited; please register for this event by calling 718-634-1110.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Peninsula Community Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

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Martin Luther King Storytime
Kids will listen to a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. and do a fun worksheet. How much do you know about him?

Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Whitestone Community Library
151-10 14 Road

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Heroes "Jeopardy!" in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Come participate in a fun version of "Jeopardy!" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Corona Community Library
38-23 104 Street

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Student Poetry Contest to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Laurelton Library will host this poetry contest for students in Grade Five and under. Write a poem about Dr. King and hand it in at the Library by the end of April. We will select the best poems as our contest winners.

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Laurelton Community Library
134-26 225 Street

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Collecting Memories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Oral History Workshop
Do you know people with stories to tell about the Civil Rights Movement? Learn how to conduct great interviews with them as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, ask good questions, make a high quality recording, and submit your completed interviews to the library.

Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Albans Community Library
191-05 Linden Boulevard

 

Book Picks for Kids

Martin Luther King Jr. by Josh Gregory

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (illustrated by Kadir Nelson)

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (selected by Coretta Scott King)

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer and Jamie Smith

Free at Last! by Angela Bull

The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting & Don Tate

Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Raúl Colón and Paula Yong Shelton

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Josh Gregory

We March by Shane W. Evans

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Leader by Grace Hansen

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Lisa M. Herrington

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka

The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore and Amy Wummer

The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ira Peck

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Brian J. Pinkney and Jean Marzollo

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lucia Raatma

Martin Luther King...and the Fight for Equality by Sarah Ridley

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and James Ransome

 

Book Picks for Adults

The Radical King edited by Cornel West

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Trumpet of Conscience by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion (selected by Coretta Scott King)

The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (selected by Coretta Scott King)

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson)

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson and Peter Holloran)

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard)

A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Students (introduction by Walter Dean Myers)

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches (edited by James Melvin Washington)

I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World (edited by James Melvin Washington)

The Radical King (edited by Cornel West)

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Perspectives on Modern World History) by Noah Berlatsky

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Valerie Bodden

Burial for a King by Rebecca Burns

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopedia by Clayborne Carson

Waking from the Dream by David L. Chappell

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jacqueline Ching

April 4, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson

I See the Promised Land by Arthur Flowers and Manu Chitrakar

An American Death by Gerold Frank

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. by James Haskins

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lewis Helfand

My Time with the Kings by Kathryn Johnson

Kennedy and King by Steven Levingston

March: Book One, Book Two, and Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

The Murkin Conspiracy by Philip H. Melanson

Orders to Kill by William F. Pepper

Killing the Dream by Gerald Posner

Who Killed Martin Luther King? by James Earl Ray

Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year by Tavis Smiley

Chasing King's Killer by James L. Swanson

 

Movie Picks

Selma

Been to the Mountaintop (2006)

Boycott (2001, PG)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective (2003)

Freedom on My Mind (1994)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016, PG-13)

In Remembrance of Martin (1986)

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013, PG-13)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

The March (2013, TV-PG)

Martin's Big Words (Scholastic Video Collection, 2005)

Roads to Memphis (2010, TV-PG)

Selma (2014, PG-13)

Selma, Lord, Selma (1999, PG)

Who Killed Martin Luther King? (1989)

 

Digital Media

 Martin Luther KingKanopy Playlist: Martin Luther King
You can stream several great documentaries about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement on Kanopy, including The March, which focuses on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; In Remembrance of Martin; the award-winning series Eyes on the Prize; and highlights from Dr. King’s major speeches and conversations.

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