Mobile Libraries in Venezuela

By Jassir Heredia

In the 1920s the first mobile library was created in Washington, thus initiating a true revolution in the world of libraries. This tool, used mainly by library services, has been very useful in reaching communities and promoting education and reading. The mobile library par excellence has been the traditional library, however, nowadays there are other types of mobile libraries such as bibliomula, biblioburro, bibliocamello, bibliolanchas and biblioaviones.

Our country, Venezuela, has never had a long tradition or a mobile library culture, however, it currently has one of the most creative options in the world: The Bibliomula. The bibliomula is a project that promotes reading in the communities of the Sierra Nevada National Park. Last year, we had the opportunity to meet with them and see first-hand the work they do. It is beautiful work and a perfect example of how useful a mobile library can be to communities. We have other examples, such as the book bank's bookmobile, which offers a mobile reading service and serves as an extension of bookstore services.

On one occasion, the launch of the boat functioned as an extension of the Public Library of the State of Amazonas, together with the bibliobongo (Bibliolancha and Empresas Polar) and the Amazon Library (UNICEF). It is true that there is no great historical reference in Venezuela of the use of mobile libraries, it is no less true that now more than ever it is essential to use an instrument that can reach different communities, promoting education through reading. And why not a bookmobile?

The objective of Un grain de Arena is to start a movement of mobile libraries, and in this way, reach all corners of Venezuela, bringing a message of hope to children.

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One of the best tools for developing children's creativity is reading. The power that a book has is indisputable, but not everyone has access to them. This is the reason why Un Grano de Arena begins the library project, to put those books in the hands of children and thus start a movement of mobile libraries that travel every corner of Venezuela.

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