From Books on Horseback to Books on Wheels

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Nov 19, 2012

Our "mobile" libraries need wheels!

One way to get books to the Chorti villages
One way to get books to the Chorti villages

During a recent visit to Honduras hiking was necessary as the mostly dirt path had had some fresh cement added to its most challenging places.  At the end of our hike was an eager group of youngsters waiting for their story hour.  A small collection is moved from the central library in Copán Ruinas to ten different "mobile" libraries in indigenous Chorti communities accessible only by four-wheel drive, foot or horseback.  Lacking our bibliobus means that each library has a very small selection of books at any one time.  However, having just a few books has changed the lives of many of the young people in these villages.  They have learned to read and have learned that there is access to information just a 90-minute walk down the hill into town.  Students who are pursuing their education past the 6th grade make that walk twice a day.  Raul, age 23, is very proud that he is now in middle school.  He volunteers his spare time reading to kids and helping to move the books from library to library.  With your help we could have a well-equipped "bibliobus" that could serve these communities much more efficiently and given them greater access to not only books but also technology.  Muchas gracias.

The "soul of the community" - their library.
The "soul of the community" - their library.
Waiting to hear a story.
Waiting to hear a story.
Raul getting his first look at a tablet.
Raul getting his first look at a tablet.



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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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