Biblioburro = The Donkey Library

PBS is showing a documentary about a unique librarian and his unique way of sharing the love of reading and books in the untamed wilds of Colombia. Soriano is a librarian who passion for changing the lives of these children is so inspiring that he was chosen a "CNN Hero" in 2010.

Here's what POV says about the film: Biblioburro is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia. His simple yet extraordinary effort has attracted worldwide attention — and imitators — but his story has never been better told than in this heartwarming yet unsentimental film.

The trailer is in Spanish with English sub-titles:

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The documentary airs on POV, Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 PM (60 minutes). You can also view it online July 20, 2011 to September 18, 2011 on the POV website - in case you're chilling at the "Tropical Tuesday" event at the Beaufort Water Festival during the national broadcast time.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.