posted at 21:50
Author: Brittany Levine
Fault in our Stars author sends books to Ferguson library after directors AMA
During an AMA on Reddit Saturday, the director of the Ferguson Public Library-which has become a symbol of resilience in a community rocked by protests-mentioned that the The Fault in our Stars is among the top-read Young Adult novels currently at the library. As an unexpected result, the author of the popular book-turned-movie, John Green, offered to send signed copies of his books to the library, which has been offering extra programming in the wake of violent protests earlier this week after the grand jury announced Monday it would not indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer that killed unarmed teen Mike Brown. Scott Bonner, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library's director, also shared how his staff is coping with the increased need, how the library functions monetarily as well as some personal tidbits about his love for table-top role-playing games. The library is busier than ever, Bonner, who became director in July-just a month before Brown was killed-said, adding that it has only closed one day since Brown's shooting, Aug. 11, although there was a half day last Tuesday. The library conducted a day-school program for children earlier this week when schools closed Tuesday after violent rioting Monday night. "I will say that it is quiet and safe during the daytime, and most of the town is quiet at night, too. Where the protests are happening is NO JOKE, but that is localized in time and place," Bonner wrote. Library officials are working on expanding programming-which was thin before Bonner started-especially for teens. When asked if the library would launch a Minecraft club, Bonner said: "Minecraft is awesome. Yes, need that."

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