BPL Honors MLK With Over a Dozen Programs in January
Prior to MLK Day, over the first three weeks of January, BPL will pay tribute to the slain civil rights leader by hosting more than a dozen programs and activities at locations across the city.
Here is a listing by location of MLK programs BPL will be hosting in January:
Central Library A Conversation with Nic Stone, author of Clean Getaway and Dear Martin Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium
As part of a book tour for her new novel, Clean Getaway, author Nic Stone, best known for her New York Times Bestseller Dear Martin, will talk about writing career and sell/sign of her new books at the Central Library. For information, click below:
Brothers and Bow ties: A Vision Cast, a citywide MLK Event Saturday, January 18, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th Street North
“Brothers and Bow Ties” is a pilot initiative targeting at-risk young males aged 11 to 18 sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library and the City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services. The event, open to 50 young males who each will receive bow ties with a personalized message of hope, is a partnership between two male mentoring organizations, Growing Kings and BPL Real MENtors Talk. Author and motivational speaker Timothy Alexander will serve as keynote speaker. Brothers & Bow Ties is free and lunch will be provided, but advanced registration is required. Registration will open at midnight Monday, December 30 at this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brothers-and-bow-ties-a-vision-cast-tickets-87143635961
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium Begin the Day: The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture by Dr. Kimberley Mangun, University of Utah.
Topic: Emory O. Jackson, Crusading Editor for Civil Rights
Drawing from her recent book, the first biography of civil rights pioneer Emory Jackson, Dr. Mangun will explore the life and career of the 'Birmingham World' editor who fought for equal rights for Birmingham's African American community for four decades. Copies of Dr. Mangun's book will be available for purchase.
Avondale Regional Branch Library
Friday, January 3 through Thursday, January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt
Ten important and interesting facts about Dr. King have been hidden in the Avondale Library’s Youth Department. Use the clues to help answer all 10 questions and be entered into a drawing for a Dr. King Prize Pack.
Live the Dream – Wednesday, January 22, 3:30 p.m.
How did a little boy named Michael King grow up to be the great Martin Luther King, Jr? Join Birmingham Public Library’s archivist Jim Baggett as he leads us on a show-and-tell journey through Martin Luther King, Jr's early life, celebrating his vision of unity and love.
East Ensley Branch Library
Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17 Martin Luther King Day Scavenger Hunt Children and teens are invited to participate in a Dr. Martin Luther King scavenger hunt and learn about the amazing life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King life at East Ensley Library during operating hours.
Martin Luther King Mosaic Poster, Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17
Children, teens and adults are invited color a panel of a mosaic on display at East Ensley Library.
East Lake Branch Library
Martin Luther King Day Scavenger Hunt, Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17
Children and teens are invited to participate in a Dr. Martin Luther King scavenger hunt and learn about the amazing life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King life at East Lake Branch Library during operating hours.
Martin Luther King and Black History Month – Martin Luther King Coloring Mosaic Poster, Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 17
Children, teens and adults are invited color a panel of a mosaic on display at East Lake Library. Crayons and coloring sheets provided
“What is your dream?”
Celebrate Martin Luther King’s “I have dream” speech at East Lake Library by sharing your dream. Supplies and cards provided.
Smithfield Branch Library
Smithfield Library's Annual MLK Film Festival
The Smithfield Library is proud to present its annual film festival honoring the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Movies for MLK Month will be as follows:
Friday, January 10, 3:30 p.m. - Selma
Friday, January 17, 3:30 p.m. - Rosewood
Friday, January 24, 3:30 p.m. - Selma, Lord Selma
Friday, January 31, 3:30 p.m. - Get on the Bus
Southside Branch Library
Tuesday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. - Selma, Lord Selma
In honor of Dr. King, Southside Branch Library will show the movie about his civil rights efforts in Selma, Alabama.