MLK Day

Many of you will be enjoying the federal holiday this Monday, January 16. It’s a day on which we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who did so much in leading this country along the path of the fight for civil rights. For those of you who have the day off, you might be happy to hear that the library is open, so you can come in and see us.

While you’re here, we have some wonderful titles that tell the story of Dr. King and the struggle for civil rights. One of my favorites is Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, a picture book that shares the inspirational words of a great leader with younger generations.

If you are looking for some way to share the significance of Martin Luther King day with children, this book is a really great place to start. A year ago, I also learned a catchy song that can tie into teaching your children about the struggle for civil rights. It can be sing to a very familiar tune to most children, Bingo.

Substitute these words instead:
There was a man who had a dream,
His name was Dr. King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
His name was Dr. King

He wanted rights for everyone,
His name was Dr. King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
Mar-tin Lu-ther King
His name was Dr. King

Do you have tips or tricks for teaching young ones the lesson of this holiday? Please share with us!

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