Biblioburro: The Donkey Library

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 2:00pm

Pictured: Luis Soriano and children.

Courtesy of Carlos Réndon Zipagauta

This is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other.

Luis Soriano is surely the most famous resident of La Gloria, a small town in a rural area of northern Colombia plagued by poverty, crime and armed insurrection. But Soriano’s fame has little to do with guns, drugs or politics. His reputation rests on the eight hooves of two sturdy donkeys named Alfa and Beto, his own two feet and his willingness to spend weekends tramping through rugged and dangerous backcountry. These are the components of a simple but brilliant idea — using donkeys to bring a circulating library of donated books to the children in some of Colombia’s poorest and most remote towns and villages. Biblioburro: The Donkey Library airs Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. on WXXI World.

Please note that the date and time presented in this preview do not reflect our local broadcast schedule.