November 17, 2017

Scott Bonner | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Scott Bonner had been serving as director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library District, MO, for just over a month when the turmoil in Ferguson put his small library on the map. When fears of violence caused many businesses to close, Bonner kept the library open and conveyed the importance of it as an oasis for all the people of the town. Over months of unrest, the message remained intact: the library is a safe space and resource for all the members of a community.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.

It’s What We Do: Service and sanctuary in Ferguson | Editorial

I am usually proud to be a librarian. Last month that feeling was deeply reinforced by the work done at Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, and the professional creativity and focus expressed by Director Scott Bonner over weeks of duress in that community.

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families—and sanctuary for all ages—while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below.