Street Corner Libraries Are All the Rage in Bogota

Outdoor mini-libraries are encouraging youth to stop and check out a book.

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Mini-libraries are scattered around Bogota. (Photo: Bilingual Librarian)
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

Sure, we have public libraries, but we don't have miniature ones that brighten up our street corners, now do we?

In Bogota, Colombia, Grist reports, there are about 50 library kiosks around the city's parks and 100 across the country. "The mini-libraries are part of a joint program run by the city's parks and a literacy organization," the article states. "Volunteers staff the kiosks, helping patrons check out books and organizing activities and homework assistance for kids." The volunteers are onsite 12 hours a week.

Organizations around the world are making books more accessible for communities. Check out the camel bookmobile, a library on a donkey's back, and a bookmobile bus in Japan here.

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