Martín Murillo Gómez has been traveling with his wagon through Cartagena, Colombia. His is the only wagon that transports books.
He lends the books to readers and he also reads to the people who gather around him in parks, plazas, schools and universities.
Sometimes you’ll find him reading from a book with blank pages, stories that he has created for years to invite children to the world of literature.
His journey has led him to meet personalities such as Gabriel García Márquez, who found a copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude and sign it for him.
Thanks to Murillo’s effort and the support of others, the wagon that started with 120 books (some of which he bought with the money he made by selling water on the streets and some which were donated by people who believed in his project) now has 3,500 books.
With the support of sponsors, Murillo has been able to continue with his passion for reading and his commitment to spread the love for literature.
"A high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile is rolling into town.
The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making five stops throughout Massachusetts this month, offering not books but interactive demonstrations for readers on how to download digital books from their public library, the bookmobile operator said in a statement.
Visitors to the 18-wheel tractor-trailer will discover how their portable electronic devices are compatible with their local library’s download service. The 74-foot vehicle is equipped with Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of media players.”
"Biblioburro" follows Luis Soriano as he teaches his regular class of children on a Friday in the village of La Gloria, Magdalena Province, in northern Colombia, "in the heart of the conflict zone between leftist guerrillas and paramilitaries." He rides a burro as he travels to villages to loan books to children.