From Books on Horseback to Books on Wheels

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Sep 30, 2011

Rural book deliveries in Honduras

Mounted book deliveries
Mounted book deliveries

I recently participated in book deliveries in two, very rural indigenous (Chorti) communities in the Copan Ruinas region of Honduras.  In one case there is already in place a single bookcase containing no more than 100 books.  A community leader described this "bibliomovil" (mobile library) as the "soul of the community."  Books are delivered a few at a time by horseback to this community.  Books for all age groups are included and the books area also user to story hours conducted by Riecken Community Libraries volunteers in the local kindergarten.  With a 4-wheel drive vehicle equipped as a mobile library we could deliver more books to more communities reaching more eager readers. We have a long ways to go to achieve our funding goal.  Every little bit helps.  

The "soul" of the community, their library.
The "soul" of the community, their library.
Story hour with delivered books
Story hour with delivered books



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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
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William Cartwright
Emerald Hills, CA United States

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