Celebrate Martin Luther King Day With Kids

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 16th. Take advantage of this day off to teach your little one about Dr. King’s legacy through service, special presentations, books and more!

BOOST Letters to Dr. King Workshop

Learn about letter writing concepts and elements by writing a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for this special tribute program. For ages 6-12.

Where: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.,Jamaica

When: January 10th at 4:30PM, January 11th at 6:30PM,  and January 12th, at 4:30PM


Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To learn more about the life and message of Dr. King, head on over to the Central Library in Jamaica for an afternoon full of activities perfect for kids aged 6 to 14. On January 14th, the library will host its Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starting at 11:30am with Songs and Stories of Freedom, followed by a reception at 12:30 and finally at 1:30 you can catch a screening of a documentary called A Man and His Dream.

Where: Central Library, Areas A and B and Auditorium, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY

When: January 14th, 11:30AM – 1:30PM


Storytime at Baisley Park
The Baisley Park library is also celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. At this program, kids will read books celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.
Where: Baisley Park, 117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, (718) 529-1590
When: January 16th, at 4:30PM

Another great way to spend the day is to volunteer. To find a service project, visit www.mlk.gov where you can search through a database of service projects being organized throughout the city. You can also check out the New York City Coalition Against Hunger’s MLK Serve-a-Thon at http://nyccah.org/volunteer/mlk for more volunteering opportunities.


You can also honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving to those in need through donations. The Long Island Volunteer Center is sponsoring a Gently-Used Sports Equipment Drive for at-risk children in partnership with Modell’s Sporting Goods and Children’s Sport Connection in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

Where: Donations will be accepted during regular store hours at the following Modell’s Sporting Goods locations:

Lake Success – 1510 Union Turnpike

Garden City – Roosevelt Field Shopping Center

Commack – 5025 Jericho Turnpike

Farmingdale – 206 Airport Plaza

When: The Drive runs from January 16 through January 21, 2012.

For more information about the gently-used sports equipment drive go to www.longislandvolunteercenter.org. or call (516) 564-5482]


Share the message of Dr. King with your children through reading. Head to your local bookstore (or find your nearest Barnes and Noble here) and check out some of these great picture books about Dr. Martin Luther King.

243098281.jpgWho Was Martin Luther King Jr? By Bonnie Bader


Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr, By Doreen Rappaport 


Christine Concetta Gibson