Library in Ferguson Stays Open Despite Unrest as Prayers and Donations Pour In

(Photo: Alexey Furman, EPA)
(Photo: Alexey Furman, EPA)

Author Sara Benincasa tweeted it best: “When things seem bleakest, heroes rise. Sometimes they are book nerds. Donate to Ferguson Library.”

As schools closed, store fronts boarded their windows and protesters filled the streets following the grand jury decision Monday that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged for Michael Brown’s death, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library remained open for business.

The note on its Facebook page pre-announcement read: “If the Ferguson-Florissant schools close, we will be hosting activities for the children. We will do everything in our power to serve our community. Stay strong and love each other.”

The Ferguson library posted that it has received an outpouring of support from the book community, as well as donations from more than 7,000 people across the country, in the form of books, bitcoin and money, as of Nov. 26. (Follow any of those links to donate to the cause.)

The Ferguson library has been responding to the the gifts and groundswell of support through its social media accounts, re-tweeting supporters like author Neil Gaiman,Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and the American Library Association.

The Ferguson library is also hosting the Secretary of State’s office as it helps “affected businesses recover/restore vital docs for insurance” and the Missouri Department of Insurance “as they help businesses file insurance claims for recovery,” according to its Twitter account.

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SOURCE: Lindsay Deutsch 

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