Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
In Ferguson, Missouri, the public library is a point of light. When
schools were closed for safety yesterday, the library stayed open. They
invited teachers and volunteers in to teach kids and invited
everyone in to their safe space.
We are open 9–4. Wifi,
water, rest, knowledge. We are here for you. If neighbors have kids, let
them know teachers are here today, too.
people asked how they could donate to the library, they placed a Paypal
donation button on their home page and had by
yesterday received donations
in the five-digits. People have also bought books to donate to the
library and sent in checks.
Why have over 1,200 people have
donated to the library? A number of people on Twitter said they had
donated because they wanted to help people in Ferguson, and donating to
the library seemed a constructive way to do that. That’s why I donated.
The evidence of how they’re helping is easy to find.
tweet in praise of the library, the library often responds with the
Like many libraries, they’re doing a lot with a little. Here’s a brief interview
with Scott Bonner, the director and sole full-time librarian at the
library, talking about what was happening there in September. And
here’s an article from Library
Journal written in August.
We know libraries serve their
communities. It’s encouraging to see a library building community where
there’s so much adversity. I hope you have a safe and peaceful
- Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator