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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Queens Library

This year marks the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you will join us for our special events that pay tribute to his life and legacy.

We also have suggestions for great books and movies about Dr. King.

All Queens Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. You can return library materials 24/7 at more than 40 Queens Library locations and renew them by phone at 718-990-8508 or online.

 

 

 

Special Events

Remembering Dr. King
Children ages 5-11 can join us as we learn about the legacy of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., followed by a fun activity. Space is limited.

Monday, January 14, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Craft and Storytime
Stories that feature Martin Luther King, Jr. will be read aloud. Children will then make Martin Luther King, Jr. bookmarks filled with his inspiring quotes of peace.

Monday, January 14, 4pm to 5pm
Queensboro Hill Library
60-05 Main Street, Flushing

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Party
Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday! We'll read "My Brother Martin." Christine King Farris describes what it was like growing up as a child with her brother M.L. Afterwards, we'll have a celebration and children will make Martin Luther King, Jr. bookmarks filled with his inspiring quotes of peace.

Tuesday, January 15, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Rochdale Village Library
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we view a documentary. Tell us what inspired you most about this civil rights leader!

Tuesday, January 15, 4pm to 5:45pm
Lefrak City Library
98-30 57 Avenue, Corona

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Songs and Protests of the Civil Rights Movement
Children ages 6-15 will learn songs of the civil rights movement and how to protest.

Tuesday, January 15, 4pm to 5pm
Woodhaven Community Library
85-41 Forest Parkway

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime
Listen to a Martin Luther King, Jr. story and do a fun craft to celebrate MLK's 90th birthday!

Wednesday, January 16, 10:30am to 11:30am
Rochdale Village Library
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica

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"I Have a Dream": Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Children and teens will read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and create visual poems to celebrate his life and legacy.

Wednesday, January 16, 3pm to 4pm
South Hollis Library
204-01 Hollis Avenue

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I Have a Dream: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Children ages 5-12 can learn about the civil rights leader and create a poster based on his message of hope for the future. No registration is required.

Wednesday, January 16, 4pm to 5pm
Broadway Library
40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

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I Have A Dream Storytime
We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and explore "I Have a Dream" in this special storytime for grades 1-6. A collage activity follows.

Wednesday, January 16, 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Come and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. with our fun interactive question and answer time!

Thursday, January 17, 3:30pm to 4pm
McGoldrick Library
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Story Craft
Children ages 5 and up can come to the Forest Hills Library for a story about and craft celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Thursday, January 17, 4pm to 5pm
Forest Hills Library
108-19 71 Avenue

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Arts & Crafts Project
Visit the Briarwood Library to create a special arts and crafts project in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Friday, January 18, 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Briarwood Library
85-12 Main Street

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program
Our children's librarian and kids ages 5 to 12 will share books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and follow up by creating their own acrostic poem and coloring.

Friday, January 18, 4pm to 5:15pm
Langston Hughes Community Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Featuring Joy Kelly
Joy Kelly will tell a memorable story about Martin Luther King, Jr. All ages are welcome. This program was made possible with the support of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Saturday, January 19, 12pm to 2pm
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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What is Your Dream?
Please join our arts and crafts program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This class will help inspire kids to share their own dreams. Space is limited.

Tuesday, January 22, 3pm to 5pm
Douglaston/Little Neck Library
249-01 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck

 

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 and 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

My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris and Chris Soentpiet

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris and London Ladd

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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