Medical Libraries & MLK Jr. Day

(apologies for the lack of an early January post; I need to create a buffer of post topics…e-mail any suggestions to adonahue (at) umn (dot) edu!)

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  Many medical libraries will be closed or have limited hours today as the country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For some, it’s the last day off before the academic semester starts.  For some, it’s a 3 day weekend.  For others, it’s just another Monday.  But nationally, since Clinton signed the legislature in 1994 (according to Wikipedia), it’s a day to engage in service.

Do you or your library do anything to celebrate this day?  Or do volunteer work really any other day of the year?  Does your library work with volunteers from your organization?  Any tips or tricks to getting such a program to work?

A quick Google search brought up one thing happening in the Midwest: the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services Department is running a book drive (the link is to a PDF) for the Patients Library through the month of January in celebration of MLK Jr. Day.  There’s always a medical library connection somewhere! 🙂  Anyone else doing anything similar?  Share your stories in the comments!

And happy MLK, Jr. Day (as well as a belated Happy New Year!)!