Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bookmobile on hooves: the bibliomulas

From KK Street Use:
We covered camelbookmobiles. Here is one using mules in Venezuela as reported on the BBC.

The Mule Mobiles ... are known as bibliomulas (book mules) and they are helping to spread the benefits of reading to people who are isolated from much of the world around them.

The idea of loading mules with books and taking them into the mountain villages was started by the University of Momboy, a small institution that prides itself on its community-based initiatives and on doing far more than universities in Venezuela are required to do by law.

Anyone who was not out working the fields - tending the celery that is the main crop here - was waiting for our arrival. The 23 children at the little school were very excited. "Bibilomu-u-u-u-las," they shouted as the bags of books were unstrapped.

As the project grows, it is using the latest technology. Somehow there is already a limited mobile phone signal here, so the organisers are taking advantage of that and equipping the mules with laptops and projectors.




At 2:34 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

That is SO cute!

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Cao Ning said...

haha...where are you in this photo, Zed?

Is this the donkey U said before?

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Ezra said...

Hey Cao Ning, thanks for responding

Haha, no, this isn't ours. . . .

This is some news my mom found, and she loves it (because she loves donkeys and mules)


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