The Value of Libraries in Ferguson

How do we measure the value of public libraries?  In Ferguson, Missouri, over recent weeks and months, the tiny public library has been a place of refuge and hope.  Many of us, especially in library-land, have been following this amazing story of a library determined to stay open, even during protests.  And now something amazing has started to happen.  People have started donating money to help support Ferguson Municipal Public Library. These donations will be used to:

  • purchase healing book kits for kids.
  • implement programs focused on the community
  • make structural improvements to the building
  • hire a full-time children’s or programs librarian

Library volunteer Jeanne Million talks with Ferguson resident Phillip Sampson at the Ferguson Public Library. Photo by Elise Hu/NPR

Did you see NPR’s All Things Considered story about this over the weekend?  What if, out of this crisis, we could help Ferguson build a beautiful new library with a full time children’s librarian, young adult librarian, and adult program librarian?  Something to think about.  And when you are ready, use this link to donate.

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