A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform.

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day and many libraries that serve teens are closed. Whether public, school or other, it is often not possible for librarians to connect with teens on MLK day. Libraries in communities directly impacted by Dr. King, such as Birmingham, not only provide great resources ALL teens can access, they also model good programming ideas. Instagram photo hunts, round table readings of landmark primary sources, or simply sharing relevant artifacts and other materials housed in their libraries can inspire our own outreach to teens. Although Black History month quickly follows, how can libraries find an opportunity to have conversations with teens about Dr. King, his legacy, and how it is relevant to their own lives? Diplays? Movie nights? Round table discussions? Could the #weneeddiversebooks campaign be used in your library to connect wider issues of diversity to MLK day? How does your library use MLK day to kick-start ongoing interactions about race, civil rights, and diversity?

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