(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Amid all of the strife engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, this month, there is one spot in town that has become a refuge for children, parents and residents: the library.
The Ferguson Library has been an oasis of calm since the town’s residents erupted in anger at the police after a Ferguson cop shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9.
It has used Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to offer residents a place of respite for them to get bottled water, check their emails and avoid the unrest developing on Ferguson’s streets.
As the Ferguson-Florissant School District postponed the start of the school year for more than a week, teachers set up shop at the Ferguson library, providing activities and instruction for children awaiting the start of class.
The Library has also emphasized its role as a community institution, placing signs outside the building noting that it stands with community members, at a time when the town’s police department has battled protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
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