Lessons Learned from Stringer Bell

Kevin King —  July 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Stringer Bell (played by the amazing Idris Elba) was the intelligent and ruthless drug kingpin on the greatest show ever created, HBO’s The Wire. (Seriously, if you have not watched this show I urge you to take a week off of work and binge watch.) He was an innovative leader among others stuck in the past. Sound familiar? Although I do not condone his line of business or many of his tactics, I do recognize that he was trying to transcend his profession. I recently stumbled upon a great piece from Uproxx using examples of the show when Stringer Bell was trying to get better at his job, learn and inspire others to follow. Yes Stringer’s story does not have a happy ending, but viewers still can recognize a futurist at work. An individual working hard to keep the profession relevant amongst people drowning in the way it used to be.

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

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