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How To Support the Ferguson Library

Rita Meade

Staff Writer

Rita Meade is a public library manager (and children's librarian at heart) who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Here at Book Riot, she hosts the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly bookish advice show. She reads as much as she possibly can (and it's still never enough), reviews children's books for "School Library Journal," and is the author of a forthcoming picture book called Edward Gets Messy (Simon & Schuster Young Readers, 2016). She also occasionally writes about funny library stuff over on her blog, and even less occasionally sings in a librarian band. Blog: Screwy Decimal Twitter: @screwydecimal

No matter what emotions you are feeling today, no matter what your political leanings, there is no denying the fact that the Ferguson Library has been doing amazing work in the past few months in response to the turmoil that is happening in the town because of the shooting of Michael Brown and the lack of indictment for the officer who shot him.

There is a lot to process about this situation, and a lot of voices that need to be heard, so this is just a quick note to put the Ferguson Library on your radar if it’s not already there, and provide you with ways to show support for the library if you are able to. The library is staying open for the community when other organizations (including schools) are closing, and that is no small thing for the children, teens, and adults of Ferguson.

-You can donate directly to the library by clicking on the “Donate” button on the upper right hand corner of their website.

-You can follow them on Twitter for real-time information about their services and how to support them.

-You can donate directly to Ferguson, MO classrooms through Donors Choose.

Thank you to the staff of Ferguson Library for maintaining the mission of public libraries and being there as a space and open space for people and communities during times of strife.