Memphis in May Colombia

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Many folktales originate from Colombia,
but some stories are about real life heroes!

When I got my library card, that was when my life began." - Rita Mae Brown

How do books and libraries affect your life?

What would your life be like without books?

Ana loves stories, but she's read the few books in her small Colombian village over and over again. Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano Bohorquez, this book tells the story of a mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the Biblioburro.

libraries around the world

Bangladesh - librarians load boats with books and computers to share with villagers in remote parts of the country.
Norway - Epos, a book boat carrying 6,000 books visits up to 250 communities on the islands and fjords that surround the country.
Donkey-drawn wagons bring books to readers in Zimbabwe.
Kenya - librarians ride camelback over rough terrain and through searing heat to carry books to remote villages.
Thailand - librarians deliver books to people on the backs of elephants.
In the rural United States, book mobiles travel in buses or vans to bring books to readers.
Little Free Libraries - similar to what Mr. Soriano did, they are a trading place for community members to swap books. Take a book, leave a book!
Compare your library with libraries around the world. What do they have in common? How are they different?

Why are libraries important? How do libraries transform lives?

Write an opinion piece citing specific examples to make your case!

Credits:

Created with images by marcelot87 - "salento quindío people" • Erik Cleves Kristensen - "Colombia, that way"

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