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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting for the Biblioburro

Title Waiting for the Biblioburro
Author Monica Brown
Call Number PS3602.R722355 W35 2011
Location 3rd Floor Muth
Rating Highly Recommended
Book Review I adored this provencial tale of Ana's first encounter with a rural library and its real-life roaming bibliotecario, Luis Soriano, whose aptly named donkeys Alfa and Beto haul literacy into rural pockets of the Colombian countryside. I paired this with the 2008 hour-long PBS documentary, Biblioburro: The Donkey Library (available on Amazon, and included with Prime membership for those who have it), to marvel at the illustrator's detailed depiction of the actual mobile library, even down to the hand-painted portable sign and folding table painstakingly carried by librarian-educator Soriano across jungle rivers and muddy hillsides. Together, the book and film capture Soriano's precarious trek and unfathomable dedication to elevate the futures of those he serves--little girls like Ana--for whom stories open gaping, magical windows on a vibrant world.
Submitted By Erin Rivero
Department or Major Leatherby Libraries
Status Staff
Chapman Email erivero@chapman.edu

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