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Though the Library is closed on Monday in observation of the MLK Jr holiday, we still have several resources available. Celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader, by attending an event or reading more about race and social justice with lists curated by The Seattle Public Library. Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence is relevant, powerful and strategic for challenging and changing unjust ideologies, policies, systems and practices.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Many observe the MLK National Day of Service as “a day on, not a day off.”


7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 - Raven Chronicles Presents "Take A Stand: Art Against Hate." With over 170 contributors, including Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Marge Piercy, and Danez Smith, Take a Stand features poetry, artwork, essays, and fiction that confront past and ongoing injustices and offer visions of positive change. This event’s readers will include Anna Bálint, Tess Gallagher, Lawrence Matsuda, Tiffany Midge, Shankar Narayan, henry 7 reneau, jr., and Penina Ava Taesali.

All Ages resources

About 400 books, DVDs, government documents and more about Martin Luther King, Jr. are in the Library’s catalog.

Kids & Teens resources

Adult resources


The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. The Seattle Public Library’s buildings are currently closed, but we are providing Curbside Service for pickup of holds at 11 locations. Find out more at, and find updates on our reopening process at the Library’s Road to Reopening page.

The Seattle Public Library has many other free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. You can also contact the Library with any questions by phone at 206-386-4636. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.