The Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., has extended the deadline for its “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest” for youths in grades six through 12. The contest is open now through Jan. 31. There is no entry fee.

The theme is “How do the legacy and principles advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. apply today?” Essays should be three pages or less. Participants should use the submission form made available on the Library webpage www.cityofpalmdale.org/library and bring their finished essays to the Library Reference Desk, or email them jbeck@cityofpalmdale.org by Jan. 31.

There will be two categories for submissions: sixth to eighth grades, and ninth to 12th grades. Prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions in each category.

“We know the Palmdale Community is full of writing talent,” said Robert Shupe, director of the Palmdale City Library. “We encourage our young writers to explore this topic and put their best thoughts down on paper, and we’re looking forward to seeing their work.”

The library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call the library at (661) 267-5600, TDD 267-5167, or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.