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Ferguson Municipal Public Library Named “2015 Library of the Year”

Beyond its role as a local institution, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library has become a model for communities nationwide.

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Following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown at the hands of Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri went from unassuming St. Louis suburb to urban battleground—a place where protestors and law enforcement famously clashed, and where the “Black Lives Matter” movement ultimately took form. It was during those tumultuous weeks of conflict that one local institution transcended its unassuming facade, becoming for many both a haven in the midst of chaos, and a beacon of hope for a city on edge. That institution was the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, which this week was given the well-earned honor of being named the Gale/Library Journal “Library of the Year.”

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Here Are the Ten Most “Challenged” Books of 2014 According to the American Library Association

From kite runners to gay penguin families, these are the books your local librarians are fighting for

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The American Library Association has released their annual “State of America’s Libraries” report, and for anyone interested in one of the country’s most important educational resources, it’s a must read.

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The Future Of Libraries Has Little To Do With Books

Will public libraries make a comeback?

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On a Monday morning between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Paris, the line for modern art museum Centre Georges Pompidou winds around the block. But the patrons waiting in the cold aren’t there to catch a glimpse of a Magritte — they’re young locals queueing for access through the museum’s back door to another attraction: bibliothèque publique d'information, or the public library.

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