Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Broward County Libraries

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DATE: January 8, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 21, the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the historic civil rights leader who electrified the world with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and his vision of racial harmony and equality for everyone. A federal holiday marking King’s birthday, scheduled on the third Monday in January, was first celebrated in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated it as a national day of service: “a day on, not a day off.” This “MLK Day of Service,” encourages Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

What can you do? Everyone can get involved on MLK Service Day. As Dr. King said, you don’t need a college degree or fancy qualifications, just a desire to help. If you’re interested in libraries, literacy and promoting the love of books and reading, Broward County Library has wonderful volunteer opportunities for everyone from students to seniors. Teach someone to read, volunteer as a docent, tutor a child, join the Friends of the Library or the Broward Public Library Foundation – there are dozens of ways to give back to your community including volunteering with Broward County Library.

NOTE: All Broward County Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2013 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events at Broward County Library
January 9 - Art Contest! Draw your interpretation of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and your entry could win a prize, ages 6-12, from 3 to 4 p.m., Drawing held on January 31, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-357-7670) 
January 15 - Eyes on the Prize: a PBS documentary, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066 (954-201-2600)
January 16 - "King: Look Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man,” Civil Rights program, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preregister: 954-357-7670
, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (954-357-7670) 

Special Collections and Online Resources from Broward County Library
Explore the history of civil rights in South Florida at Special Collections of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. The Collections include the Margaret and Cato Roach Collection, which consists of personal papers, pamphlets and news clippings documenting the Roaches, Fort Lauderdale mentors in the field of education and civil rights during the 1960s and 1970s, or the Kitty Oliver Oral Histories, which contains more than 100 interviews of individuals discussing race and ethnic relations in Broward and Palm Beach counties during the 1960s and 1970s. See unique artifacts relating to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including those featured in Broward County Library’s newest eBook, The Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library such as a signed first edition book by Dr. King, Jr. and other King-related artifacts.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.

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