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I just learned from Little Springtime about the existence of bibioburros--like bookmobiles, only with burros instead of vans to carry books to isolated households on Colombia's Caribbean shore.

The program's founder, Luis Soriano, is a primary school teacher. His portable library started with just 70 books, but grew to several thousand volumes, thanks to donations. Soriano has two burros, Alfa and Beto, who carry the books. This Wikipedia article on bibiloburros tells of much excitement (for example, bandits tied up Soriano and stole the novel Brida, by Paulo Coelho, when they discovered Soriano had no money on him) and many ups and downs (Soriano had to have a leg amputated after an accident), but the program continues.


Luis Soriano and his biblioburros (Photo: Scott Dalton; Source: New York Times, article here)


(Also from the New York Times)


Life: Cooler than fiction

Date: 2014-03-24 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnfaure.livejournal.com
This has got to be one of the most awesome things I've ever heard of. Mr. Soriano, you rock!

Re: Life: Cooler than fiction

Date: 2014-03-24 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] mnfaure!! So good to see you! ((hugs tight)) I hope little K is doing well!

And yes, Mr. Soriano totally, totally rocks.

Edited Date: 2014-03-24 03:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Life: Cooler than fiction

Date: 2014-03-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnfaure.livejournal.com
*hugs back* I'm here-ish, and I almost got around to posting an entry today. Alas it must remain "almost" because I have to hie myself off to bed. Maybe tomorrow!

Date: 2014-03-24 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] duccio.livejournal.com
There is a wonderful guy.

Date: 2014-03-24 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] duccio.livejournal.com
I think he needs to be added to your list of free copies of PenPal - once it goes into translations in 25 languages. Probably Spanish will be first, huh.

Date: 2014-03-24 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
If I had a Spanish translation, it would be in the mail to him today.

Date: 2014-03-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenoftheskies.livejournal.com
That is one of the coolest things I've ever heard about! What an awesome man!

Thank you for sharing.

Date: 2014-03-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
My pleasure! I was so delighted when Little Springtime told me about them, I had to share.

Date: 2014-03-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
That is pretty much the best thing I have seen all day.

Date: 2014-03-24 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
And the day is yet young! Who knows what the afternoon may bring.

Date: 2014-03-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
May Seshat bless him and preserve his remaining limbs!

Date: 2014-03-25 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Yes indeed!

Date: 2014-03-24 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wakanomori.livejournal.com
ファンタスティック!! Really inspiring -- thank you both for sharing!

Date: 2014-03-25 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
She said she found out about it from a picture book--I'd like to see the picture book!

Date: 2014-03-24 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing this.

Date: 2014-03-25 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
My pleasure--it was so cheering, I knew I had to spread the goodness.

Date: 2014-03-24 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laetificat.livejournal.com
That is AWESOME.

Date: 2014-03-25 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Isn't it? Makes me want to run out and do great things.

Date: 2014-03-24 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkroo.livejournal.com
I love stories like this--thank you!

Date: 2014-03-25 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Me toooo! You are very welcome.

Date: 2014-03-25 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pdlloyd.livejournal.com
What dedication to spreading knowledge. Three cheers for Luis Soriano for all he's done.

Date: 2014-03-25 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
I will join you in a hearty three cheers!

Date: 2014-03-25 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dudeshoes.livejournal.com
This is wonderful. I love that people still care are books and know how important it is to a child's future to share the love of books.

Date: 2014-03-25 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Me too--I like the creativity and sensibleness of his approach!

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