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The Ferguson Library Is A Light On A Hill

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last few months, you probably know that Ferguson, Missouri isn’t exactly the best place to be right now.

Rioting broke out in full force last week when a grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for his involvement in the death of Michael Brown. Because of the racial component, it’s an extremely volatile situation that has grown increasingly worse over the course of the year.

But some good news has come out of all that mess. Even though a lot of businesses and schools closed throughout the community, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library remains open. Last Monday, they tweeted:

As a result, the library has received an overwhelming amount of support from book nerds across the country, including 7,000 donations.

As of yesterday, over $300,000 had been donated to the Ferguson library. That’s unbelievable!

This is a tiny library that now has the ability to hire a second full-time librarian thanks to these donations. Amazing stuff.

If you’d like to take part and help out the Ferguson library, visit their website and click on the DONATE button in the top right hand corner of the homepage.

(Image: BuzzFeed)

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18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely

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    December 2, 2014
  2. Human Interest #

    Reblogged this on Human Interest.

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    December 2, 2014
  3. Very uplifting! Thanking you for your post! 🙂

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    December 2, 2014
  4. It’s a great story.

    The weird thing is that I looked at the start of your post when WP notified me about it and my first thought was, “Huh, Americans! Think they’re the centre of the universe. Where the Hell is Ferguson, Mis-? Oh, hang on, I have heard of that place.”

    I pay as little attention as possible to the news because, honestly, the world depresses me. (Maybe why I write fantasy and sci-fi.) However, the cafeteria in my office building has a couple of TV screens which are almost always set to BBC News 24. This is a channel conceived during wartime and kept running by repeating the same stuff every 30 minutes and giving air to any tiny bit of useless news there is… But Ferguson has dropped off the screens and I’d forgotten all about it over the weekend.

    Not sure if this is a comment on the speed of the modern news media and their obsession with the next big thing, or a comment on our desensitisation to anything not directly affecting us. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve got a really bad memory.

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    December 2, 2014
    • Nope, it will probably disappear from the news until more rioting breaks out and then we’ll hear about it again.

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      December 2, 2014
  5. So wonderful to hear good coming out of tragedy. All the best to Ferguson and their library.

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    December 2, 2014
  6. Very inspiring!

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    December 2, 2014
  7. Brandon #

    That’s awesome. A strong library is the cornerstone of a healthy community. Donated!

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    December 2, 2014
  8. The media often looks for conflict. Usually it is not found in a public library which opens its doors to all.

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    December 2, 2014
  9. It’s good to see that there is such strong support for libraries still. I also applaud the library for staying open and hope that everything can return to normal in that town. Access to information is essential and we often forget that libraries are a major part of this access to information. In times of protest and unrest when the internet can be shut down or limited in a specific area it takes a courageous library to keep that access open. I know that’s not what’s happening here, but it’s good to see some positive come from this.

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    December 2, 2014
  10. Reblogged this on Bookish and commented:
    This is pretty amazing. I applaud this library willing to stay open take care of and build its community. I also applaud the generosity of book lovers for supporting such an amazing organization.

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    December 2, 2014
  11. Done! Thank you for highlighting!

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    December 2, 2014
  12. aliasmaa6 #

    Reblogged this on Asmaa Ali.

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    December 2, 2014
  13. This is amaizng!

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    December 2, 2014
  14. I read that story and thought it was beautiful. So happy that so many people are supporting the library. I plan on donating myself!

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    December 3, 2014
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    December 4, 2014
  16. Ferguson, Missouri is, normally, a nice community. I don’t live there but I don’t live that far away. Most of what people saw on the news occurred in a small area of the town.

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    December 7, 2014

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