In the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, sociologist Michael Eric Dyson asked, ‘Where do we go after Ferguson?’ For some in Ferguson, the literal answer is the public library, helmed by a small but dedicated crew that chose to face the turmoil head-on and provide a refuge for all in need.
With a few powerful tweets, Ferguson Public Library reminded its city and elsewhere of precisely how much public libraries nurture and sustain their communities. Keeping the library open, Director Scott Bonner alongside his staff and volunteers are not only ensuring that everyday life-line services continue, but are also meeting unrest-driven needs on the fly. And inspired by those words and actions, an international community is cheering the library on, bolstering its efforts through words of support, donations, and other means.
Curious about Director Scott Bonner and Ferguson Public Library? Check out his recent IAMA (I am a/Ask Me Anything) on Reddit as well as NPR’s recent spotlight on the library. Want to support present and future programming and collections for Ferguson users? Donate money through the library’s website or head over to a wish list set up by a supporter through Powell’s Books.