Preparations under way at APL for new MLK Day

volunteers in MLK Day 2018 pose in front of the Santori Public Library of Aurora.
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By Miriam Meza – 

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day right around the corner, Monday, Jan. 21, it’s a great time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, our roles as responsible global citizens and what we plan for our legacy, whether it’s in our community or in the world.

Dr. King delivered his iconic I have a Dream speech in 1963 during the March on Washington, D.C., which fueled his activism and commitment to social justice. This moment served as a call to action to citizens. Therefore, we call you to action. On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we ask you to join us as we continue to live Dr. King’s legacy to promote peace.

Volunteer storytellers participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2018. Submitted photo
Volunteer storytellers participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2018.
Submitted photo

The Aurora Public Library has been participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for more than 10 years as host to volunteers, promoting peace through artwork, and bringing our Aurora community together. Sarah Tattersall, children’s librarian at Santori Library, said, “MLK Day is the perfect opportunity for a service day because it’s a day off school for most teens, and the service component is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

“I’m excited about MLK Day this year because we try to offer an interactive art project in addition to service opportunities like cleaning and craft prep. The simple act of volunteering has the potential to draw the community together with positive vibes and peaceful thoughts.

“Aurora Public Library has a long tradition of hosting volunteers on MLK Day, and I believe our community looks forward to seeing the cool things the Library and our volunteers will do each year.”

The Aurora Public Library and the City of Aurora will be host Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow volunteers to give an hour of their time in various locations across Aurora, including the Santori Library. Watch the city government’s website for registration information. Don’t have time to volunteer? Stop at our Santori Library of Aurora January 21-January 28 to participate in our tree peace art project. Tell us how you will water the roots of peace. We will be displaying a tree of peace responses all week long.

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