DeKalb Boy Saves Local Library Branch


Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz. No, I did not sneeze the words out my nose and on to my blog. This translates, “Common good before individual.” Sounds familar? Try Star Trek II, “The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few or the one. In this case,  the needs of the one, DeKalb county, needed to close the library due to budget issues. The needs of the many, the public, needed the library to stay open. What this young man did was beyond his years but he understood the importance of a library. While not everyone has the same needs, the library does play an important part in all our lives. It is great to see stories like this all around this county.

DeKalb Boy Saves Local Library Branch

Updated: Thursday, 24 Mar 2011, 11:39 PM EDT

By: JUSTIN GRAY/myfoxatlanta

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Budget cuts meant a DeKalb County library branch was set to close at the end of this month, but then a 12-year-old boy stepped in.

It was a first person civics lesson for 12-year-old home schooled sixth grader Sekondi Landry. The DeKalb County boy spent hours at the library everyday and he stepped up to save it.

A desk inside his great-grandfather’s hair salon is school for Landry. The 12-year-old lives in the back of the salon and is home schooled. Each day, Landry walks across the street to the Scott Candler Library for a few hours of quiet.

“I need the library because when I do my schoolwork and that’s the place of peace and quiet you can go there and study, nobody’s talking,” said Landry.

Two weeks ago, Landry learned DeKalb County planned on closing the library because of budget cuts.

via DeKalb Boy Saves Local Library Branch.

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~ by The Monster on March 29, 2011.

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