The Putnam County Library will be hosting a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a welcome by the Library Director Alice Greenburg It will also include a variety of readings and programs honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Programs will include a reading done by Greencastle Middle School Principal Tamra Walker who will read a selection reflecting on the occasion.
John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University, will also speak on the issues of social justice and social class Dr. King addressed in the years prior to his assassination.
The library will also be hosting a Student Art Show. Putnam County high school, middle school and home-schooled students were invited to submit work to be on display from Jan. 14 to Feb. 3.
A "Dream Chain" will be made of multi-colored links on which students and Putnam County residents of all ages can complete the sentence: My dream for the world is _.
Links have been provided to several county elementary schools, the DePauw campus and are available at the Putnam County Public Library. The chain will then be linked and displayed at the library to reflect the shared dreams of the community.
Other MLK Day activities include the reading of selected winning essays written by Putnam County high school students and "Dear Dr. King" letters written by middle school students.
The prize of a book, purchased through a donation from the Greencastle League of Women Voters, will be awarded to each student.
Also on the day of the celebration Greencastle primary school students will sing several songs under the direction of Jill Dombrowski, there will be a special story time for children with volunteer readers and a make-and-take art activity led by Jennifer Herrold.
For more information, persons may contact the Putnam County Library at 653-2755 or visit the library website, www.putnam.lib.in.us.