The donkey libraries of rural Colombia: a story from the BBC

September 22, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books, journalism.

Colombia is not all drugs and drug lords and gangs and violence.

There are people like Luis Soriano, a Spanish teacher in rural La Gloria Colombia, who loves books, understands their value, and wants the young people of his region to have access to them.

Soriano put his dream on the back of two donkeys, Alfa and Beto (alphabet), and created what this BBC story calls — BBC – Culture – Biblioburro: The amazing donkey libraries of Colombia — biblioburros, a mobile library.

By adapting the packsaddles of his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, from carrying water to carrying books, Luis created a makeshift mobile library and set off to take his books to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to reading materials. With that the ‘Biblioburro’ was born.

If you love libraries, your heart will be warmed by this wonderful tale.


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