My Librarian Is a Camel How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

ISBN-10: 1590780930
ISBN-13: 9781590780930
Edition: 2005
Authors: Margriet Ruurs
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Description: Do you get books from a public library in your town or even in your school library? In many remote areas of the world, there are no library buildings. Writer Margriet Ruurs read a newspaper article about a camel in Kenya that is used to bring books  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Publication date: 8/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100

Do you get books from a public library in your town or even in your school library? In many remote areas of the world, there are no library buildings. Writer Margriet Ruurs read a newspaper article about a camel in Kenya that is used to bring books to children in remote desert villages. She became curious about how else children around the world might get their books if there is no library. Librarians and volunteers from many countries sent her stories and photos of their mobile libraries. The result is this intriguing photo essay, a celebration of books, readers, and libraries. In the jungles of Thailand, in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, in rural Zimbabwe, the arrival of the mobile library is a major and exciting event. If it weren't for librarians and volunteers, people in these remote parts of the world might never have books to read. In other countries, books are delivered in unusual ways: by bus, boat, elephant, donkey, train or even by wheelbarrow. Why would librarians go to the trouble of packing books on the backs of elephants or driving miles to deliver books by bus? Because, as one librarian in Azerbaijan says, "books are as important to us as air or water!"

Margriet Ruurs has a master's degree in education from Simon Fraser University and has studied the use of technology in teaching reading and writing to children. She speaks to parents, teachers, and librarians at conferences all around North America. She lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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