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4 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Around Northville

The national holiday will be celebrated through song, dance, games, crafts and more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Community members and students gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of his birthday month.

Here's a list of public events and other ways to celebrate MLK Day around Northville:


1. Northville Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Students across Northville Public Schools are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy in a variety of meaningful ways throughout January. “Restore the Dream” is the district-wide theme for this year’s student activities and initiatives. 

2. 8th Annual Unity in the Community Program

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
Where: Novi High School Auditorium 
The eighth annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will feature drama, song, dance, spoken word and more. Everyone is encouraged to participate in helping the district promote social justice. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items that will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank. Food and refreshments will be served following the program.

3. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events at the Novi Library

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20
Where: Novi Public Library
The Novi Library is planning some outstanding activities for the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
There will be story time, from 1 to 1:30 p.m., geared for elementary school students. That will be followed by an hour of crafts and activities, ending at 2:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the Novi Library will be hosting author Jean Alicia Elster.  She will speak about her 2014 Michigan Notable book, "The Colored Car," which is a Young Adult historical fiction that takes place in Detroit in the 1930s. It is an emotional and compelling look on how the joys of daily life and the legacy of slavery affected children of the 1930s. Elster will also answer questions at the end the evening and will sign copies of her book.

4. Explore media sources on Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by exploring these media resources, like e-books, from home. 

(from Janis Canady, library media specialist at Novi's Deerfield Elementary)
eBook K-8 Collection
1. Go to www.mel.org/kids
2. Under Key Resources, go to eBook K-8 Collection 
3. Type Martin Luther King in the search box 
4. Also go to BookFlix on www.mel.org/kids and go to “People and Places” 

Primary Games on the Computer 
1. Word Search
 http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/mlk/games/wordsearch/search.htm 
2. Slide Puzzle
 http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/mlk/games/slider/mlk_slide.htm 
3. Drag and Drop
 http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/mlk/games/dragdrop/index.htm 
4. "I Have a Dream" Maze
 http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/mlk/games/mazes/dream.htm 
5. Word Jumble 
 http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/mlk/games/wordjumble/index.htm 

Read more: What's Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Northville?

Do you know of another MLK event? Tell us in the comments below.

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