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An update on Ferguson Library

I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was a Twitter search of “Ferguson Library” to see what the library was doing today. They are serving meals and holding classes for kids grades K-12 today and tomorrow as the town waits for schools to reopen next week. I took a couple of screen caps of my search to show you below. Look at those amazing pictures!

In addition, someone has now started a Fundly for school supplies for Ferguson students. You can donate here: https://fundly.com/school-supplies-for-ferguson-florissant-students. This is in addition to the food drives that are happening for Ferguson which I mentioned yesterday.

And can I take a moment to say this: I am in awe of what the teachers and librarians are doing in Ferguson, but I also want casual or even non-library users to keep in mind that this is in fact what libraries do every day – we serve our local communities. In fact, libraries across the country just spent the summer hosting program after program as part of their summer reading clubs to keep teens reading and learning over the summer. And they will do variations of the same throughout the school year as they open their doors to support each and every member of their local community and help provide them with a safe space to learn, to grow, to rest, to connect and more. This is what libraries do. Every. Single. Day. Ferguson Library is just a very important reminder of what that looks like and why it matters.

If you would like to donate to Ferguson Library, their address is: 
35 N Florissant Rd, 
Ferguson, MO 63135.

And as Dolly Moehrle (@Loather) mentioned on Twitter, consider making a donation to Ferguson Library and making a matching donation to YOUR local public library. Because when you need them, they are there.

Additional resources: ABC News Story on Ferguson Library

This is Why Libraries Matter: Ferguson Library

Today I feel very overwhelmed by world events. So I thought I would take a moment and share with you what the Ferguson Library is doing for its residents, a very important reminder to us all that libraries do in fact matter.

With schools delayed another week because of the protests in Ferguson, the library is opening its doors to students. Several teachers are holding special programs and such from 9 to 4 for the students. I heard on NPR last night that over 80% of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch, so some of the schools are even opening to serve lunch because it is the only way they will eat during the day. And the Ferguson Llibrary is also reminding its residents that they can come into the library to get a drink of water, keep in touch with loved ones, or just read a book in a safe oasis. Here is some of what I have seen on Twitter:

Yesterday I tweeted and asked the Ferguson Library if they were taking donations to help provide snacks and drinks to the students they were serving. I would also love to maybe send them some books to hand out to those students so they could take them home and just have their own books, because one thing we know about high poverty areas, and by all accounts Ferguson does have a high poverty level, is that many of the homes in these areas don’t have the money to buy books they can call their own because they are trying to provide the very basic necessities like food and water. There are several food drives happening as we speak to help feed the students of Ferguson:



I haven’t heard back from the Ferguson Library, but I have worked in libraries long enough to know we always need more money, so I am sending a small donation for youth programming any way. If you have ever wanted to support a library, please consider supporting Ferguson Library today as they remind us all that communities do in fact need their libraries.

In the coming days, weeks, months and years, the community of Ferguson will have a lot of processing to do. There will be a lot of information that the librarians will have to work to preserve and archive about this time that will always be a part of their history books, of our history books. They will probably have community wide discussions, need meeting places, and more. And right now, they are doing exactly what their community needs – opening their doors to serve their community.

My hat goes off to you Ferguson Library!

This is what happened when I asked Twitter to recommend MG & YA lit titles for those asking about Ferguson

Inspired in part by Robin’s post yesterday on talking with her middle grade students about Ferguson and the book Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth, I wondered what kind of list we could put together quickly to recommend to students who were wondering about the events happening in Ferguson. So I went to Twitter and asked for everyone’s suggestions. Here’s what they recommended:

If you have titles to recommend and add to this list, please share in the comments. We believe that literature can help us understand current events and sharing these titles can help our communities process events happening at Ferguson.