MLK Day 2023 at the Library

January 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pmFree


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The Martin Luther King Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, January 16 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Join in for entertainment and activities that highlight this special day, including a community tree mural, live spoken word and dance performances, and birthday cake.

Here is the schedule:

9:00 am – 11:30 am  Communi-Tree 
Collaborate to create a community tree mural that celebrates our roots, dreams, and aspirations for the future. Presented by MPL Teen Advisory Board. 

Magna Tiles 
Dream big and build even bigger with Magna Tiles.

Button Making 
Create your own special King Day pins. 

Play Chess 
Learn all about the facts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the King of all board games, chess. 

Listen to Dr. King’s words and soulful instrumentals while writing or drawing your reflections, thoughts and hopes for the new year in a journal. Enjoy coffee or tea while supplies last.  

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Community Art Project with Vibez Creative Arts Spaces
Participate in an arts and crafts project exemplifying peace, unity, and fellowship. 

Live Performances
12:00 pm    “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

12:05 pm    Greeting from City Librarian Joan Johnson,  
County Executive David Crowley, Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Ald. Milele Coggs.

12:20 pm    Chamber Choir  
Hear the melodic sounds from HOPE Fortis South Middle School students. 

12:30 pm    Xalaat Africa Youth Ensemble  
Be immersed in the sights and sounds of West African dance and music.

1:00 pm    Alpha Phi Alpha Trivia Contest  
Learn facts about the civil rights movement and earn prizes. 

1:35 pm    Signature Dance Company 
Marvel at a modern dance piece from performance company levels 1, 2 and Junior Company.

2:00 pm    Mario the Poet 
Be inspired by spoken word presented by Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate.

2:30 pm    A TRUE Skool Experience 
Enjoy a collaborative performance showcasing the elements of Hip Hop in celebration of Dr. King.

3:00 pm    Anthony McGahee and Praise Motivated
Be inspired by spoken word presented by Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate.

3:30 pm    Birthday Cake and Juice
Enjoy treats in the Community Room while supplies last. 

Please note: Dates and times are subject to change, and occasionally events may be cancelled. Please check the event website to confirm the latest details: (INSERT WEBSITE)


Milwaukee Public Library – Martin Luther King
310 W Locust St
Milwaukee, WI 53212 United States
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