Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18th is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day. To celebrate this great humanitarian, this national holiday is also known as a Day of Service, for which people can volunteer with their community to support Dr King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Activities are planned across the nation - many ranging from Friday, January 15th through Monday, January 18th. We've located several volunteer opportunities throughout the Richmond area, so you can participate with your own community this coming weekend. If you have a volunteer opportunity that you have organized, please feel free to leave details in the comments.

The Richmond Public Library will be closed for this holiday on Monday, January 18th, so we wish you a safe and neighborly weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

For more information regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the idea behind "A Day of Service," click here for the official website.

City of Richmond Volunteer Opportunities:

Information from the City of Richmond about volunteering at various city organizations, including the Richmond Public Library, can be found here.

Additionally, a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities with City of Richmond Departments can be found here.

Local Richmond organizations with volunteer opportunities:

Central VA Foodbank:
Sorting and packing donations - information here.
Assisting with meal prep and packing for the Community Kitchen - click here.

Community Lab Beautification for the Carver Community - information here.

Have a volunteer project that you coordinated for this weekend? Post your effort on the official Dr. King Day site here.

Library selections for this holiday weekend:

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Eleanora E. Tate

ISBN: 0440414075
(Juvenile Fiction)

Mary Eloise is disappointed that the part she gets in the school play is that of Black History narrator--but two storytellers visit her school and change how she views her heritage.

The measure of a man
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968.

ISBN: 0800608771

Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.

I've seen the promised land : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Walter Dean Myers

ISBN: 0060277033
(Children's Biography)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of the most celebrated figures of the twentieth century. A crusader for nonviolent social justice, he led African Americans in their demands for equality through peaceful protests during one of the most tumultuous times in recent history. Set against key moments in the civil rights movement, here is the story of the powerful, eloquent spiritual leader and his belief that nonviolence could be used to overcome racial discrimination.

DVD: Martin Luther King [videorecording] : "I have a dream."
ISBN: 0788605992
1 copy available at the Main Library

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