VIsion, generosity, and dedication are three attributes of Jorge Ospina, founder of a public project to make books available to all. Thanks to Henry Louis of My Quest Blog for the inspirational article and video on The Book Man’s work to spread joy and knowledge in rural Colombia.
People need books. After retirement, Jorge began setting up depositories near sidewalks in Antioquia using works from his own shelves he’d read. The little doll-sized houses he builds are very similar to the Little Free Libraries, which he had seen in California and Canada. Those were the inspiration for his project, however his are designed to be lending libraries. He calls them, Libros Que Van y Vienen, Books that Come and Go.
After his initial success, he asked for donations and the boxes of books started pouring in from family, friends and neighbors. His project has already put more than 4,000 books in the hands of thirsty readers! He has 10,000 more ready for the next locations. For more information, read Henry’s post or see the short video below.
Henry made an excellent bilingual video of Jorge:
What books are you reading?
Long live libraries big and small! ¡Olé! –Rebecca Cuningham