Photo: Luis Soriano Brings Books to Remote Colombian Villages Via the Biblioburro
Some people just want to watch the world learn, people like Colombian primary school teacher Luis Soriano Bohorquez.
For more than a decade, Soriano has been bringing books to remote villages by strapping a small library to two burros, calling it the Biblioburro.
Growing up, Soriano says he loved reading, so when he grew up and that love continued, he went on to receive a college degree in Spanish literature.
The late 1990s, after seeing how much kids loved reading the books he’d bring them, he began the Biblioburro.
With just 70 books to start with, Soriano wrote to Juan Gossain, a Colombian journalist and writer he’d heard on the radio, and asked for a copy of his book, The Ballad of Maria Abdala. What happened next was nothing short of heartwarming.
After Gossain received Soriano’s letter and learned about the Biblioburro, he shared the story on his radio program. Almost over night, books came flooding in and Soriano’s little library of 70 books quickly expanded to around 5,000.
Learn more about Soriano and the Biblioburro that has inspired so many.